Playgrounds play a great part in the development of a child, the memories in a play park are often ones that are remembered. They’re the place where we play and explore risk, socialise with others and create memories that we will treasure long into adult life — but what happens when the risk becomes all too much? Retailers of lawn top dressing and play bark, Compost Direct have provided us with some research on playground safety and some suggestions on how to improve the levels of safety in a play area.
Geoff Jones, parent communications expert at ParentMail, identifies some improvements schools could make when keeping in touch with parents…
Thankfully, home-school communications have evolved out of all recognition since the days of the crumpled letter at the bottom of the book bag. But although schools are working hard to improve the way they reach out to parents, their messages don’t always hit home.
So where could you be going wrong with your school communications?
1. Irrelevant messages
Eleanor Baggaley is using her life experiences to help children and their parents to deal with maths, self-confidence and goal-setting
When Eleanor Baggaley received inspiration from two special people in her life, she didn't realise that her journey was about to take her away from mainstream maths education to a life of self-employment, book writing and empowering children through her experiences. But now Eleanor has one children's book published and has two more in the pipeline, all three named after her own children, Maya, Oscar and Ava.
Review: Children’s Meditations In My Heart, by Gitte Winter Graugaard (£14.95, Room For Reflection Publishing)
With test season in full swing, the importance of pupils getting a good night’s sleep is paramount. But worries about school, friends, arguments and all the other stresses which feature in everyday life can prevent children from nodding off.
When we think of first aid training, we normally think about first aid training for adults. This isn’t necessarily a bad assumption. However, it does show that we often don’t bother investing in teaching first aid skills to children, and this shouldn’t be the case. Investing in first aid training for the children at your school not only gives the students in your care vital skills but also encourages communication and leadership abilities.
First Aid Training: Giving (Literally) Life Saving Skills
Opting to install a canopy in a school would bring with it a number of benefits. The children would be able to play and learn outside in an environment that would not be affected by the wind or the rain. This makes it possible to spend time outdoors all year round but it also means that the children are protected from the sun during the summer as it blocks up to 99% of harmful UV rays.
From a safety perspective, the children will know that they have to remain within the canopy and this makes life easier for teachers.
Daniel Goddard, Manager of Stadia Sports, discusses the importance of safety in sports for children at school. All children should be free to enjoy a high quality physical education, whether at school, or as part of a club or team.
It contributes to a healthy and active lifestyle, improves emotional well-being, and helps children to develop key skills such as leadership, confidence and communication.