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    On days I'm home with DD we stay and play, when I have to pick her up after school DS and I walk up to child care and pick her up and have a little play there. We don't have a back yard so it's the only chance they get to play outside in the afternoon

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    Quote Originally Posted by DT75 View Post
    I work at OOSH- we alternate our open area days to suit the "crowd".
    I.e. if parents are hanging around and using the equipment (which they actually are not supposed to do) we keep the kids indoors or restricted to the softfall area.
    It sucks on the days that we are rostered to use the playground- as the kids get so excited to use it and then can't.

    On the days I collect straight after school, we go straight home or to activities.
    That's annoying and very unfair to the kids in OOSH. We are lucky that the school grounds are quite big- Northside is off limits to non OOSH after 3.45, the principal gets on the PA and tells everyone to move over to the Southside. She knows all the main offenders too, you will often hear her say something like 'Amir and Sophia if your mums aren't here you need to come into the office now, if they are you need to go over onto the Southside... Now, thank you!'

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    On the issue of kids using playground equipment after school hours unfortunately the school does run the risk it will be responsible if a child gets hurt. Even if they aren't supposed to be there. I see it as schools all the time where they have signs regulating when kids can use equipment but no one there to enforce it. Obviously if parents are there supervising it will likely reduce the school's liability but unless it actually enforces the policy it may still be liable.

    Having said that most parents only take action to access insurance policies in the event treatment is expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DT75 View Post
    I work at OOSH- we alternate our open area days to suit the "crowd".
    I.e. if parents are hanging around and using the equipment (which they actually are not supposed to do) we keep the kids indoors or restricted to the softfall area.
    It sucks on the days that we are rostered to use the playground- as the kids get so excited to use it and then can't.

    On the days I collect straight after school, we go straight home or to activities.
    My daughter's OOSH used to use the playground equipment but it's fenced off now because it's too dangerous (it's old so no longer meets Australian standards and school was advised to close it down) Anyway, by the time they lined all the kids up, took them over to mark the roll and have afternoon tea, most parents had left the school anyway.

    I did used to hang around before it got closed down. We are looking into turning the area into an obstacle course or similar as new playground is too expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    My daughter's OOSH used to use the playground equipment but it's fenced off now because it's too dangerous (it's old so no longer meets Australian standards and school was advised to close it down) Anyway, by the time they lined all the kids up, took them over to mark the roll and have afternoon tea, most parents had left the school anyway.

    I did used to hang around before it got closed down. We are looking into turning the area into an obstacle course or similar as new playground is too expensive.
    Usually most parents are gone by then at ours too... but not all of them. And we cannot use the equipment if they are there. They are not legally supposed to be there either. It's such a pain in the rear end.

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    Depends who we bump into. If I get talking to a friend we sometimes have a chat while the kids play. I don't really want to be hanging around the school grounds, I do prefer to get ds and go.


 

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