The staff and children were shocked and shaken by an accident on the trim trail yesterday afternoon. Whilst playing a chasing game, a child hit their head on a plastic central bracket on the cross ropes which resulted in first aid being administered by Mr Owen-Jones, one of our paediatric first-aiders and seven stitches at the hospital.
These incidents are never taken lightly and as a staff we have looked at the hazards and considered whether the risk could be mitigated in future.
The equipment is designed for children over the age of 5 years old, who can explore, climb and balance. It has a soft play surface surrounding every piece of equipment. Children are permitted to use the equipment during breaktimes when they are closely supervised. We do not feel there is anything else we can do to the equipment to make it safer. But we will do anything within our power to ensure the playground is a safe space to be and this has led us to reflect on the safety of the playground before and after school.
I have asked you before, but appeal to you again:
I never relish having to outline rules, but having experienced such an incident yesterday, it highlights the reality of why health and safety measures should be adhered to.