Accidents are an inevitable and inescapable fact of life at nursery. As children learn, it’s impossible to ensure that they do so whilst totally free from risks and potential hazards to their health and safety.
In fact, it’s been proven in numerous studies that risks help children with their learning and development and that mollycoddling them to the extent of removing even the smallest risks, or not allowing them to play games and do activities that are largely completely safe is detrimental to their progression on both a physical and mental level.
Having said that, nurseries of course employ various precautions to eliminate serious risks to the health and safety of children. Things like children to staff ratios, removing hazardous substances and ensuring buildings are safe are non-negotiable.
What are the most common accidents at nursery?
The most common accidents at nurseries tend to be physical in their nature. Nursery-age children will still be developing their motor skills so bumps and bruises are common. There is precious little nursery staff can do to prevent a child tripping over when they are walking or biting their tongue when eating, this even happens to us as adults!
Illnesses are another common factor of nursery life. Anyone who has worked in a childcare environment will tell you that infections and colds can spread like wildfire.
What causes accidents at nursery?
As well as the children themselves and their different stages of development, there are several other causes of accidents at nursery, including:
- Toys not packed away. As mentioned, children of nursery age are already unsteady enough on their feet without the need to add additional trip hazards.
- In the hands of a child, almost everything has the potential to be a health hazard. Pencils, pens, scissors, cups, plates can, and do, cause injuries.
- Temper tantrums. Few toddlers are capable of logic and reasoning. Whether it’s striking out against another child or hurling themselves to the floor in a fit of pique, a loss of temper can quickly lead to an accident at nursery.
The same trip hazards that pose a risk to children also do to adults. If you suffer a trip or fall at a nursery because of staff negligence, you may be due injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from mobiles today to find out more from our experts.
Date Published: February 23, 2017
Author: Accident Advice