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dd injured on day 2 of school holiday club

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curlysmum Sat 26-Jul-08 10:49:54

just after some advice. dd who is 6 was on 2nd day of holiday club, its run by a private co. from the school, she has attended it as a breakfast club but this is the first time I have let her go as holiday club as I felt she has kind of outgrown the childminders, anyway try to be brief but she was on some new climbing equipment monkey bars,balancing, which is in the playground which is during school times only for years 3-6 she is just in year 1.
During school time they have their own playground but this co. only has use of one playground as dd says they are not allowed in their usual section. She fell from the equipment and hit her head on a metal post (i need to see exactly where) and got a nasty cut in her forhead which the hospital advised it quite deep about 1 1/2 inch , they have glued it and she will need about a week of keeping it dry and I guess may be scarred. She was a little concussed but seems ok , initally I was just so thankful she was ok as she had to go in the ambulance with a staff member and i got to the hospital from work to meet them.
Now I am thinking surely they shd have been a bit better supervised as I know these things happen but shd they have even been on this climbing stuff some of the kids are younger than her 4-5 years. The man who runs it wants me to sign some forms about the accident on Monday and whilst he is very sorry etc , she may be left with a scar right in the middle of her face . I'm a bit doubtful if there was enough staff on duty but I guess how am i going to know ? any advice gratefully received

BreeVanderCampLGJ Sat 26-Jul-08 10:56:13

Unless it it some sort of cowboy operation, there will have been the correct staff to children ratios.

You are right, these things happen. It could have happened just as easily on your watch.

My DS has had a climbing frame since he was three, and he has fallen off it, thankfully he has never drawn blood, but he has had some very impressive bruises. grin

I am sure you are very upset at the moment, but it was an accident.

CarGirl Sat 26-Jul-08 11:11:23

dd1 fell/was pushed off a balancing thing onto grass and broke her arm at playscheme, it was an accident, it's part of childhood. It could be worth asking if the climbing frame is suitable for children of your dds age/height but would you have stopped your dd using it if she wanted to?

BreeVanderCampLGJ Sat 26-Jul-08 11:11:57

Ask your GP to prescribe Dermatix for any possible scarring.

wheresthehamster Sat 26-Jul-08 11:21:32

You're probably overthinking the part about the climbing frame normally being used for the older children.

If it was a playscheme in an unknown playground would you be mulling over whether it was suitable or not?

Also even if you are watching a child like a hawk they can still slip and fall right in front of you! (Been there, done that!)

I'd check out the metal post though, just incase its broken and dangerous

curlysmum Sat 26-Jul-08 11:23:43

thanks well I guess its just i was thinking the school do not let the younger children on the equipment, so I figured he shd have thought is it wise to let them on it , dd said there was two staff out in the playground when it happended. I'm just a bit shaken i guess .sad

nametaken Sat 26-Jul-08 11:25:01

Accidents happen I'm afraid. If you think there wasn't the correct ratio of staff:pupil you need to ascertain this from the club itself. If it transpires that there were not the correct number of staff on duty I'd sue the arse off em! There insured!

curlysmum Sat 26-Jul-08 11:25:50

yes thanks I need dd to show me where the metal bit is as its a brand new thing cost the school alot of money but its a very modern type of thing not the traditional style climbing frame, thanks

wheresthehamster Sat 26-Jul-08 11:28:25

If you're setting up a playscheme do you overstaff in case of emergencies?

Just thinking that once the staff member had left with Curly's DD in the ambulance maybe the ratios at that point were not sufficient.

curlysmum Sat 26-Jul-08 11:33:15

thanks nametaken I rang ofsted and asked yesterday and they said that there shd be ratio of 1 adult to every 8 children aged 4-7 or something to that effect, this is the bit I am dubious about as when i drove back from the hospital later we stopped to collect dd belongings and the man in charge was in the playground chatting on his mobile and there was at least 20 -30 kids out from this age group.

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