Make your play area safe, warns insurer
- Survey the public areas of the premises with a “child’s eye” and make sure “staff only” areas are secured / well-signposted, winter maintenance tasks are completed or made safe and maintenance equipment put away.
- Check all public areas for obvious slip or trip hazards, e.g. moss and uneven paving; check any outdoor furniture as it is put out for the season ahead.
- Check that any safety information signs are still present and clear, e.g. “parents must supervise their children in this area”.
- Make sure play equipment is properly maintained and inspected – there are professional play inspectors available through the Register of Play Inspectors International.
- If external providers are being used to help attract families, e.g. inflatable bouncy castle provider, undertake suitable checks to verify their credibility and request copies of relevant documentation, e.g. insurance and play inflatable inspection certificates.
- Brief the staff on the need to be vigilant for children running around during food and drinks service, to pay particular attention to items which are damaged or faulty and not to be afraid to intervene if a child’s behaviour is either unsafe or spoiling other people’s enjoyment, particularly in play areas.
- It may be a useful time to check first aid provision within the company both in terms of first aid kits and trained staff.
- Carefully consider any particular activities being organised for children and families, e.g. outdoor activities, and put sensible precautions in place.