AIBU to not want my child to go on this trip?

(169 Posts)
OooWhatToDo Thu 14-Nov-13 18:09:42

Some parents opinions would be appreciated here please; DD has got a class trip tomorrow with 2 other classes to the local Woods which is only a 5-10min drive away. Normally I wouldnt worry or shirk a class trip whatsoever, but it really isnt settling well with me at the thought of her being outside in the woods from 9.30am - 2.45pm in these low temperatures.
We take them up there all the time & love being outdoors, but after an hour or so at this time of year the cold sets in & they're ready for central heating!
Apparently there is a 'centre' there with toilets, but we've never seen this & think they maybe slightly glossing over their description when its nothing more than a large glorified shed with a few toilets.
Am I worrying needlessly? If it was just the morning they were going for & back to school for lunchtime id be totally fine with it, but all day despite the cold weather?? If she doesn't go then it'd go down as an unauthorised absence mark on her record.

What should I do?

I'd let her go. The school know what they are doing.

judgejudithjudy Thu 14-Nov-13 18:11:46

yabu - let her enjoy herself & give her some warm clothes!

OrangePixie Thu 14-Nov-13 18:12:08

Hmmm, I don't see your concern. It's not sub-zero out there and she'll probably be on the move most of the time so keeping warm that way. Just make sure she is dressed warmly tomorrow morning.

Sparklingbrook Thu 14-Nov-13 18:12:27

Yes, wrap her up warm with layers if you can. i am sure they won't be still long enough to get cold.

SilverApples Thu 14-Nov-13 18:12:52

Make sure that she's wrapped up in layers and has appropriate footwear, hat and gloves.
You don't mention how old she is, or where you are located. or if the school has prior experience with running trips to the woods.

ercoldesk Thu 14-Nov-13 18:13:48

Our school says no such thing as too cold, just inappropriate clothing! Yabu, get her layered up and let her have some fun!

Mckayz Thu 14-Nov-13 18:13:58

Just wrap her up warmly.

Remotecontrolduck Thu 14-Nov-13 18:14:13

They'll be fine, it really isn't in the teacher's interests to have hoardes of uncomfortable freezing children, who'll certainly be very vocal about it!

Send her with a coat and gloves etc, she'll miss out on fun with her friends otherwise.

Mylovelyboy Thu 14-Nov-13 18:15:51

OP I would feel the same. Outside for that amount of time in the woods in this cold weather is too much for me let alone a child. Woodland areas are really damp as well.
I think you should let DD go as she might feel excluded. But I really can see your concern. Bloody stupid idea of the school. How old is DD by the way smile

Yep - keep her off - the school has obviously designed this trip to make as many of them as cold as possible.

I'm sure they haven't spent ages doing a risk assessment to keep them safe and would much prefer the risks of taking them to the woods rather than keep them safe in the class room.

In face they probably even chose somewhere with only a few toilets on purpose because they want all the children to not be able to use the toilet in comfort.

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Indith Thu 14-Nov-13 18:16:32

These cold temperatures? It isn't that bad yet! Just make sure she had the right clothing and she'll be fine. If mine were doing similar then for example they would have their thermal base layers on, warm, water proof coat, waterproof gloves, balaclava as scarves get lost and their long welly socks in wellies.probably their waterproof trousers too. layers and waterproof outers keep them warm.

OooWhatToDo Thu 14-Nov-13 18:16:59

She's 5 and it's estimated to be 3 degrees tomorrow. Would you really let your child out the whole school day with no time indoors to warm up?

LouiseAderyn Thu 14-Nov-13 18:17:02

If you are not happy then let her have the day off. The world won't end!

I would hate to be outside all day in this weather, so wouldn't mske my dc do it if they were not keen.

MortifiedAnyFuckerAdams Thu 14-Nov-13 18:17:33

There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.

I inagine they have plenty of activities planned, option for warm drinks and if not, they are the ones who have to listen to the whining.

Hot bath before bed and they will be fine.

Rooble Thu 14-Nov-13 18:17:40

They will be moving around (I would hope) so should not be cold. If your DD really feels the cold, put a pair of tights under her trousers. Gloves and a hat and she'll be fine.
(Not sure where you live, but we're in Yorkshire and it is not really cold at all yet).

LouiseAderyn Thu 14-Nov-13 18:18:56

Just to add, my dcs school is very keen on lots of outdoor walks to local woods etc and I have helped out a lot. After about 2 hours those kids are more than ready to go back to school.

Mckayz Thu 14-Nov-13 18:19:03

Yes I would as school isn't optional and teachers put a lot of thought into trips.

If you put her in weather appropriate clothing she will be fine.

phantomnamechanger Thu 14-Nov-13 18:19:17

ours have been to a kids farm in the bleak mid winter - dressed warmly and they do plenty of running and climbing etc.

talk about mollycoddled kids. Assume you are in the UK and its not the bloomin arctic circle?

vikinglights Thu 14-Nov-13 18:19:31

Seriously just make sure she is appropriately dressed. At that age dd1 was in a nature kindergarten and was rarely inside until it got below minus ten......

NoComet Thu 14-Nov-13 18:19:35

DD2 is still trampolining in the garden wearing a vest top and very short shorts.
And, I accept, DD2 is a bit mad.

Deadhamsterssmell Thu 14-Nov-13 18:20:17

Let her go, she'll be fine as long as she has plenty of layers. It's not that cold here at the moment, though it does depend where you are. Today was 7 degrees with us. I would have thought that they would be doing plenty of activities to keep them warm as the teachers will want them busy.

If they are only 5-10 minutes away then the teachers will bring them back if they are too cold.

SpookedMackerel Thu 14-Nov-13 18:20:45

Dd is 5 too, and they have a forest day once a week (we're not in the UK). Lots of layers, and waterproof outers, hats and gloves and boots and she'll be fine.

cardibach Thu 14-Nov-13 18:20:49

If there was snow on the ground, I might agree with you, but it is only (quite mild so far) November. As others have said, the teachers won't want unhappy children to deal with. YABU

phantomnamechanger Thu 14-Nov-13 18:21:28

Layers........tights, leggings, then warm trousers on top 2 pairs of socks plus wellies, layers on top half, and warm winter coat with hat,scarf and gloves. simple.

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