Routine safety inspections, appropriate supervision and rules will be established and maintained to assure child safety during outdoor play. Head Start of Lane County will follow the Consumer Product Safety Commission and National guidelines related to play ground safety.
- There will always be a minimum of two staff on the playground during outdoor play. The ratio must never fall below 1Head Start staff per 10 children and more commonly should be at 1 Head Start staff per 8 (or less) children. (Note: This ratio specifically clarifies that only Head Start staff will be considered the supervising adults when children are on the playground, parents and volunteers can increase the ratio of adults to children but they will at no time replace the Head Start staff to child ratio which is 1-10 or1-8).
- Staff must be strategically located on the playground so that they are on opposite sides of the play structure and situated so that all the children are within view at all times.
- First Aid kits must always be taken and carried by a staff person when the children are engaged in outdoor play. First aid kits carry items that pose potential risks to children and are not to be placed on a bench or other area where they are in reach of children or can be picked up by others. If the playground is directly adjacent to the building and there is an easily accessible place within view that it can be hung (on the building) out of reach of children, this is an acceptable location to place it.
This policy complies with Head Start Performance Standard 45 CFR Section 1304.22.
It has been approved by Policy Council October 14, 1997.
Revised June 13, 2001. August 2009
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