On Friday a group of primary schoolchildren and their teachers/helpers walked through our lane on the way to a visit to the church. These kids are about 8/9 years old and are all village kids or from surrounding villages so it’s not like they are in a strange or built up area.
They were all dressed in fluorescent tabards, they were all holding on to some sort of rope with loops for their hands and they all looked terrified! My adult son was outside cleaning his car and he came in and said “those poor kids, have you seen them? God knows what will happen if they see a car they will be petrified.”
I know schools have to be very careful and there are all these health and safety rules but we felt this was well over the top in a rural village.
Today I was talking to a man who used to be a support worker in a special needs school and he said he left because of all the rules and regulations, paperwork etc. He said if a child fell over they were not allowed to help them up but they were to call an ambulance! He said 10 staff took 12 kids on a local beach trip one time and by the time they had done all the risk assessments and followed things to the letter, the kids got half an hour on the beach. He said that the trip was planned months ahead and two of the staff had to go on a Beach Awareness course. We both agreed that taking kids to a beach is just commonsense, like putting on loads of suncream, wearing a hat and never taking your eyes off the kids, watching tides etc which is what all parents and grandparents do anyway.
I’m so glad my kids grew up when they did and were able to run about, explore and just relax without being told to hold on to ropes and wear high viz tabards for a walk round their village.