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Climbing Frame Policy

Climbing is something which some children begin to master early on. It may begin with the mission to climb the stairs or up onto the sofa from the floor. It is something instinctive that children do and it is all part of their development and growth. Climbing allows children to improve their coordination and motor skills. This can be through improved fitness levels, spatial and directional awareness as well as balance and agility. The methods used in climbing can help a child’s cognitive development through problem solving, memory and the feelings of fear and motivation often experienced through climbing also have great benefits to children.
 
As well as being a challenge climbing can be fun – the relief and joy that is felt after scaling a climbing frame tower can be heightened by the freedom of sliding down a slide to reach the bottom again.  Some people can be a little apprehensive at letting their children climb – worrying that they may fall down and hurt themselves. It is important to remember that most children are tough and will bounce back. A few bumps and bruises can build resistance and determination so can never be a bad thing for children – who are constantly learning. 
 

It is important that children are given the opportunity to take certain risks, trusting that they can and will be able to perform tasks with caution if they are taught correctly. This not only helps children to develop their motor skills, but also their confidence and self esteem.

 

There are risks with using large play equipment and although I ensure that the equipment is in good order, accidents can and will happen. I will supervise the children closely at all times and make them aware of the risks.

My climbing frame will be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions/recommendations which are detailed below.
 

Manufacturer’s Instructions

·        Baby swing seat suitable for children from 6 months to 3 years

·        Skyride suitable for children aged 3 to 14 years

·        Trapeze suitable for children aged 3 to 14 years

·        Top tower with ladder suitable for children aged 3 to 14 years

·        Rapid slide with extension suitable for children aged 3 to 14 years

·        Monkey bars suitable for children aged 4 to 14 years

 
PLAY SAFELY

 

Usage

This toy is designed and made for outdoor family domestic use only by children aged between 6 months and 14 years, unless otherwise stated, and must not be used by anybody else. Misuse can result in injury.

 
Supervision

Children should always be supervised while they are playing on TP toys and should be instructed not to use the toy in an inappropriate or hazardous manner.

We recommend that they do not wear loose-fitting clothing or jewellery than may catch or snag during play. Children should not wear cycle helmets while playing on TP toys.

 

Weather Conditions

Special care should be taken as weather conditions change. In particular, outdoor toys can become slippery in wet weather and tongues and lips can stick to metalwork at subzero temperatures. In warmer and sunnier weather, parts can become hot, and the temperature should be regularly checked during play, especially metal parts and slides. If there is any doubt over safety then the toys should not be used.  Due to these reasons we recommend that you orientate these areas of the product out of direct sunlight for sustained periods.

 

Water Play

Many surfaces can become slippery during water play. Extra caution and supervision is required when combining water (e.g. paddling pools, aqua slides etc.) with other forms of outdoor play.

 

Swinging Toys

When fitting swinging toys it is vital that moving parts have no metal to metal contact. Children should be instructed not to pass in front of or behind moving items, not to twist or swing an empty swing seat, and not to get off a swinging toy when it is in motion.

 

MAINTENANCE

 

With all toys it is vital that the equipment is checked regularly and often by an adult. The complete toy should be checked at least once a month, and particular attention should be paid to connections and fastenings as wood shrinks and expends according to the weather. Check all coverings for fasteners and sharp edges and replace when required. No softwood timber product can be guaranteed to remain splinter free as it changes with the seasons. Check your frame regularly to identify any splintering or lifting of the surface layers and rub down any affected areas to maintain a smooth, safe surface. If any parts exhibit signs of wear and tear, they may need to be replaced. In accordance with the manufactures instructions. Failure to do this may result in the product malfunctioning and causing injury. Children must not be allowed to use the toy until properly installed and checked. Galvanised tubular products may require occasional maintenance. If surface rust appears it should be removed with either a wire brush or coarse sandpaper, and the area treated with a non-toxic paint. Ropes will degrade over time. When signs of degradation appear, the toy should be replaced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

 

If you are concerned about your child using the play equipment in my garden or at a park/playground, please do not hesitate to speak to me about it.