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

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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?

Damnautocorrect Thu 14-Nov-13 18:22:24

I don't think the teachers would enjoy the cold that much either. Let her go, she'll be fine.

SilverApples Thu 14-Nov-13 18:22:27

My PFB was in a nursery up on t' moors, where the temperature plummeted way below zero. They spent a huge amount of time outdoors and she loved her skisuit so much she wanted to sleep in it. She had a lot of all weather gear and was toasty.
But, your call.

ReluctantBeing Thu 14-Nov-13 18:22:33

Wrap her up warm. Don't let her miss out.

WestieMamma Thu 14-Nov-13 18:22:52

Old Swedish proverb: There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.

If 'the cold sets in' after an hour or so then she is not dressed properly. I'm in Sweden and children spend whole days in the forests regularly at -10C and below with no problem whatsoever.

TheIggorcist Thu 14-Nov-13 18:23:03

She can warm up in the shed. The teachers will be just as cold as the children, surely, (more so as not running around) so will not stay out if it is exceptionally cold.
Or keep her off and let her be warm but fun-free.

D011Y Thu 14-Nov-13 18:23:49

Do 5 year olds even feel the cold? As others have said she will probably be on the move all day anyway. You are being too precious, won't she be upset about missing a school trip, especially when the other kids are talking about the fun they had! Being outside at this time of year for 4 hours is fine. (unless of course you are in Alaska and she will only ever wear t shirts and sandals, in which case I take it back!)

Sirzy Thu 14-Nov-13 18:24:13

Unless there is a medical reason she can't get too cold then I would wrap her up warm in layers and let her go and have fun!

greenbananas Thu 14-Nov-13 18:24:31

I would certainly let ds go. He is 5 and would absolutely love it. Nearly all children this agr love being outside, so long as they are appropriately dressed.

We live in the middle of a city, and I wish ds had more chances to get outside in a natural environment, experiencing the woods and the weather.

Make sure your dd is well wrapped up in thin layers of cotton and wool that won't be too bulky and uncomfortable. Make sure she has gloves. Put jet on something that she doesn't have to strip off completely in post to go to the loo.

I'm impressed that your school are doing this. Your dd will have a ball!

SilverApples Thu 14-Nov-13 18:25:02

But, y'know, they're like, Swedish, Westie grin

Different to us.

tickingboxes Thu 14-Nov-13 18:25:12

Wow. PFB?

Weegiemum Thu 14-Nov-13 18:26:18

No, sounds great to me. wrap up warm, trust the school, let her have a great time!

I've got 2xprimary age dc who are camping under canvas the first weekend in December with the Scouts. We're very excited about this. Children are hardier than you think!

greenbananas Thu 14-Nov-13 18:26:22

(Sorry for typos, haven't got used to this phone)

bronya Thu 14-Nov-13 18:26:37

If they get cold, the teacher will bring them back early. I wouldn't worry beyond ensuring that you send your DC with suitable, WARM clothing (esp socks and a hat!).

Balaboosta Thu 14-Nov-13 18:28:22

"There's no such thing as bad weather, only inadequate clothing"....
Be positive. Dress her warmly. Have fun, dd!

YoureBeingASillyBilly Thu 14-Nov-13 18:28:47

Op do you know that there are schools and nurseries that spend all day everyday outside? From toddlers upwards, the children are educated, fed and entertained outdoors.

Balaboosta Thu 14-Nov-13 18:28:56

I'd be going too!

Mylovelyboy Thu 14-Nov-13 18:29:42

There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing confused What a fucking stupid comment. Keep her off if you are not happy. At that age they do not always have the sense to do their coats up. And the teachers wont bother with checking that. OP. DD is your child, you must do what you think is right for you.

5madthings Thu 14-Nov-13 18:29:46

oh fgs just make sure she is dressed appropriately and she will be fine.

my ds3 (8) is currently away on a residential trip, they are outside, walking in streams and fields, getting wet and muddy etc, i just sent him with appropriate clothing.

killpeppa Thu 14-Nov-13 18:30:57

its hardly arctic. it isnt below 0 yet.

god help your DD when it snows...envy

Mylovelyboy Thu 14-Nov-13 18:32:32

There is no such thing as bad weather!!!!!! gale force winds, storms etc etc are not bad weather. What the hell are they then ? Whoever made that saying up needs to go and see someone

SoupDragon Thu 14-Nov-13 18:32:43

You're being daft.

Mckayz Thu 14-Nov-13 18:32:47

Mylovelyboy, of course teachers check they have their coats done up. At least they do at my children's school.

complexnumber Thu 14-Nov-13 18:32:59

Just say know then.

Personally I think you would be denying your child a fantastic experience.

But if you think that she shouldn't be exposed to normal weather, that's your call

TheOriginalSteamingNit Thu 14-Nov-13 18:33:02


complexnumber Thu 14-Nov-13 18:33:32

say no

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