I don't want 3 yr old DS to go on a day trip to the zoo with school. AIBU, DH says yes.
pombal · 17/05/2011 19:28
DS1 3.5 yrs has the opportunity to go on a day trip to the zoo with school.
It will be his class (nursery) and the class above (reception), so about 22 children aged 3 - 5 years.
There will be 2 teachers and 2 assisstants going with them. The Zoo is an hours drive from school and they will leave at 9am and be back by 4pm.
We live abroad and it'll be hot.
I think he's just a bit too young for an all day outing in a big group like this, and we can take him to the Zoo another time.
DH is literally sulking that I won't let him go and has asked me to put it to the mumsnet jury.
AIBU to say no?
BeerTricksPotter · 17/05/2011 19:29
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Al0uiseG · 17/05/2011 19:33
Hmmm, mine went with nursery at the same age, BUT it was a 5 minute drive from nursery and home, it was a 3 hour visit. There were 20 children and 8 staff, the children had a wrist strap which clipped to a length of rope so they couldn't wander off.
In your position I would also say no.
DorisIsAPinkDragon · 17/05/2011 19:35
I would let him go the ratio would be 1 to 5 or 6 so not too bad. What harm do you think he will come to? my DD2 is 3.10 and would be gutted if her preschool went on an outing and she couldn't go , particicularly if it was with big school.
Could you offer to be a parent helper ?
PurveyorOfBaloney · 17/05/2011 19:37
I probably wouldn't
What is the transport like - does it have seatbelts/booster seats? My DD is 4y3m and only just heavy enough to be out of a stage 1 seat.
Doesn't sound like much supervision. Will they be careful about hats/suncream/water (I wouldn't expect a 3.5yo to be careful of his hydration)
I'd probably only agree if I was going to TBH. Could you volunteer?
sleepingsowell · 17/05/2011 19:37
My DS went at 5, and he was SOOOOOO exhausted (and we're in UK so not hot!!!) It was a very long day for him and he got really tired with all the walking. It was one of the only times that he has ever, in his life, zonked out at 7pm when his head hit the pillow!
I think 3 is too young for that sort of all day/coach trip scenario. I wouldn't be keen.
I just think it's unecessary - at that age, a little class walk to the high street to go to the post office is an adventure and is educational enough!!
Also kids of three are highly unlikely to even remember it tbh.
Better done at least at age 5 or older, imo.
pombal · 17/05/2011 19:40
Curry - I just have visions of him coming back as a dehydrated tomato. I think at his age he'd enjoy it more if he went with family and we could go at a slower pace, and I would make sure he was slathered head to toe in factor 50, and had a drink when he needed.
I'm also worried about the teachers being able to keep track of them all in such a big space.
pombal · 17/05/2011 19:46
exotic, cyb - I have DS2 who is 11 months, otherwise I would volunteer.
notquitenormal - yes that sums up my feelings
sleepingsowell - I agree
Purveyorof Baloney - the school has it's own coach which has air con and seatbelts but no boosters etc. Here on the continent the health and safety thing hasn't really caught on :)
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