Child Safety Week 2016


Tops Day Nurseries is proud to be taking part in Child Safety Week from 6th to 12th June.

Child Safety Week is an annual campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust, whose aim is to secure a safer environment for children of all ages. Accidents are a leading cause of death, serious injury and acquired disability for children and young people in the UK. They account for three deaths every week and over 2,000 hospital admissions. Child Safety Week aims to help families understand the risks, as well as the consequences – but most importantly, the simple ways that accidents can be prevented.

We are excited to announce that as part of safety week, the firemen from the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Rescue team will be visiting Tops Parkstone to give the children an opportunity to meet the firemen and explore the fire engine. The staff at Tops Parkstone have also set up road safety activities, teaching children how to be safe outdoors.

At Tops Day Nurseries, there are many actions we take to protect children from accidents. The safety of the children in our care is paramount, which is why we have a range of parent and staff policies in place including social media, sun protection and outing/trip policies. Each of these have been specifically written by our Health and Safety Manager, who has a wealth of knowledge on how to keep children safe.

The theme for Child Safety Week this year is turn off technology for safety, or #turnofftunein. Most accidents happen when distracted, meaning they could be prevented just by paying more attention. In today’s society this can be hard to do and although parents do their upmost to protect their children from accidents, hazards aren’t always obvious and the most unintentional action could increase the risk around a child’s safety. An excellent example given by the organisers of Child Safety Week explains the importance of turning off and tuning in:

You are trying to give your toddler a ‘quick’ bath before tea, she’s yelling because you’ve got the nerve to wash her hair, your 6 year old is shouting from downstairs that he can’t find the TV remote, the oven timer has been going off for 5 minutes now and you hear the familiar ping-pong of a text message on your phone.

On automatic pilot you go to your bedroom to grab your phone, in that split second your toddler decides to take a nose dive under the water…”

While reading this you may be thinking that you would never act like this and your phone would wait, you never really know how you will act until in that situation.  You can find more examples, as well as more helpful hints, tips and resources on the Child Safety Week website.

To find out what other activities are taking place at each of our 17 Tops Day Nurseries, make sure you keep an eye on our Facebook pages throughout the week.  To find your local Tops Day Nursery, please click here.

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