Rethink needed on “supervised playgrounds”

In Blog, Families, Young People by Denis Naughten

Today I have asked the Government to reconisder its advice on the opening of “supervised playgrounds”. As parents we all know that supervised playgrounds simply do not exist except perhaps in attractions where an entrance fee is paid, which is beyond the reach of many people at present and which also cannot be attended on a regular basis.

 

We need to take a common sense approach and I have proposed that Government consider advising measures that would allow all public playgrounds to re-open, such as the sanitisation of facilities by parents both before and after their children use equipment and that no children would use the playground unsupervised, in conjunction with regular hand washing and social distancing.

 

I believe these measures may enable  public playgrounds to safely re-open and provide much needed recreation for younger children. There has been substantial investment in playgrounds throughout the country  as facilities which parents can visit with young children frequently and cost free.

 

 

Letter to An Taoiseach

Dear Taoiseach,

 

I am writing to you regarding your announcement last Friday in relation to measures aimed at improving the situation of children during the Covid-19 crisis, specifically the announcement in relation to playgrounds.

 

I would ask you to re-examine the announcement in relation to the re-opening of “supervised playgrounds”. The reality is that playgrounds are supervised by parents and that supervised playgrounds simply do not exist in public settings. The only supervised playgrounds may be in private facilities/attractions which either remain closed or which many parents may be unable to afford to visit at present.

 

I would urge you to consider the possibility of issuing guidelines for the use of public playgrounds, such as the sanitisation of facilities by parents both before and after their children use equipment and that no children would use the playground unsupervised. I believe these measures may enable  public playgrounds to safely re-open and provide much needed recreation for younger children.

 

There has been substantial investment in playgrounds throughout the country  as facilities which parents can visit with young children frequently and cost free. As such I would urge you to give urgent reconsideration to this issue.

 

Kind regards

 

Denis Naughten TD