My ds is only 18 months old so I still hover quite closely as most of the parks in our area aren't really usable for a child under the age of 6 or 7 (I've seen many children below this age struggle and need help from their parents so it's not just me). In a play centre environment I step back when he's in the toddler area as I want him to gain some confidence.
I have however been the judgey mum when a toddler around the same age as ds got physically stuck in the toddler area and started to cry as it would have been hurting, the mother was literally nowhere within eyeshot (I ended up finding her jumping on the inflatable area with her own friend after I'd helped the toddler).
Feel free to judge me as you will for helping a young toddler in distress.
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