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Playground training

  1. 1. Playground SupervisorTraining c Peaceful Playgrounds 2002 1
  2. 2. SupervisionKey Purpose of Supervisionis to ensure safety. c Peaceful Playgrounds 2002 2
  3. 3. Supervision Consumer Product Safety Commission statistics estimateNearly 200,000 playground related injuries Occur each year that require emergency Room visits in the US. Nearly 40% of those injuries related to Inadequate supervision. c Peaceful Playgrounds 2002 3
  4. 4. SupervisionPlayground injuries accountfor the majority of school-related injuries that occur.
  5. 5. Most InjuriesOccur on: Swings Monkey Bars Slides Climbers c Peaceful Playgrounds 2002 5
  6. 6. SupervisionQuality supervision can reduce injuriesfrom interaction, thus have a significantinfluence in reducing overall playgroundinjuries. Bruya & Wood c Peaceful Playgrounds 2002 6
  7. 7. SupervisionTypes of injuries– Self inflicted– Equipment related– Interaction with others c Peaceful Playgrounds 2002 7
  8. 8. OutcomeUnderstand Supervisor Responsibilities c Peaceful Playgrounds 2002 8
  9. 9. SupervisionOver 40% of playground injuries can beattributed to issues of supervision King (1994) Duty of Care to provide for safety of children c Peaceful Playgrounds 2002 9
  10. 10. Supervision ZonesAssign supervision zones – (Min. one adult per zone recommended)Supervisors should not be organizing gamesSupervisors should delay adult conversationsuntil after recess. c Peaceful Playgrounds 2002 10
  11. 11. Before DutyKnow playground Rules and ProceduresBe Prepared. Arrive with first aid kit.Always precede children to playground. – Monitor hallways – Check Playground for hazards. Broken glass Broken equipment CLOSE AREA IF Necessary and report Hazards c Peaceful Playgrounds 2002 11
  12. 12. During RecessBe Alert– Move through assigned area– Visually scan constantly– Pay close attention to play structures area c Peaceful Playgrounds 2002 12
  13. 13. During RecessBehavior Problems– Make eye contact in anticipation of potential problems– Move close to students in event of likely confrontation– Give verbal warning– Be firm in enforcing rules– INTERVENE and stop inappropriate behavior. c Peaceful Playgrounds 2002 13
  14. 14. During RecessBe concerned with the safety of allchildrenDo NOT engage in game activities withstudents.Do NOT engage in conversation withchildren. Keep comments brief.Stay focused on scanning playground. c Peaceful Playgrounds 2002 14
  15. 15. During RecessDo NOT allow running on blacktop.Discourage rough and tumble play(this usually ends inconfrontations).Bullying requires intervention fromother school personnel. Report toadministrator. c Peaceful Playgrounds 2002 15
  16. 16. During RecessNEVER leave your areaunsupervised.If an accident occurs, send child forassistance or call the office. c Peaceful Playgrounds 2002 16
  17. 17. During RecessDo not allow children to wearclothing with attached strings (ie,sweatshirt cords). – This causes a risk of strangulation if caught in equipment. c Peaceful Playgrounds 2002 17
  18. 18. At the Recess BellEstablish a freeze bell procedure.Ensure that students clean up their playarea.Supervise walkways as students returnto class insist that students walk quietly. c Peaceful Playgrounds 2002 18
  19. 19. Keeping Kids SafePlayground Supervisors– Establishing rules for safe play– Intervening when necessary– Working together with staff, administration, and students c Peaceful Playgrounds 2002 19

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