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Child Safety Week. Courtesy of Little Routines.

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The Child Accident Prevention Trust is organising child safety week at the beginning of June. Accidental injury is one of the biggest killers of children in the UK, second only to cancer. Their theme for this year is 'teatime terrors'. They are making us aware of the risks and how we can give children the skills to deal with them.

Children learn best through their own discovery. It is our job, as parents, to make their world as safe as we can but still allowing them the opportunity to discover for themselves. They are curious and eager to learn so we need to make our homes a safe environment. There are potential dangers in all areas from the kitchen and bathroom to their own nursery and playroom. We must not stop our children exploring but we must try to prevent accidental injury.

It may seem as obvious as putting up a stair gate, fire guard or safety catches on cupboards. But we need to look at the not so obvious hazards, such as scalding and drowning. The kitchen and bathroom are busy areas where there are so many potential hazards. Tea time can be a stressful end to the day when, as a parent, you are juggling a number of things alongside a tired and probably fractious child or baby. Let them explore, let them discover but make their environment as safe as possible.

I'm sure you have heard the saying...'I have eyes in the back of my head'? This really does need to be the case for every parent! Try to be one step ahead at all times.

There are information sheets on child safety available on their web site: childsafetyweek.org.uk

Our children are precious. They trust us, so we mustn't let them down.

Gillian Stewart. Little Routines.

 

 

29th May 2015, 12:00
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