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Image 4- children with tools
Similar experinces?- No, not like that, no.
Do children have plastic versions of these tools?- Yeah they do.
Changes?- Maybe if the children were being supervised and if the children were slightly older so they had better understanding.
feelings if you were in the image - I would be on edge with that just because I feel like that child’s going to whack it’s finger and that other one is about to drill her finger but hey ho
Erm I’d be a little bit on edge just in case the child like hit their thumb or something
I mean I wouldn’t even use a drill
… erm but again children might like that activity because it’s creative isn’t it and it’s giving them skills or later on in life.
Oh I don’t like that.
Yeah I don’t like it
Changes?- Erm… probably a bit more safety equipment… googles… erm but yeah obviously make sure that there’s an adult close by at all times.
similar experinces?- Erm… we have had when we’ve been to like groups that we go to there screws and hammers, planks of wood for them to… which was fine… they actually really engaged with it, it was like amazing because they were allowed to touch these things that they usually wouldn’t be allowed to… erm and there was no injuries yeah and I think that’s the closest I’ve even been to it but I think this picture is quite scary yeah with all the power tools.
Comfortable?- As a parent I’m not… I wouldn’t really be comfortable with her… under the age of five erm… over five with the right erm… taught how to use and stuff wouldn’t be so bad but erm…
Yeah I know about this there’s actually school’s that are practicing this now (referring to children playing with tools) Yeah I think it’s fine but… they’d need constant supervision erm… and really educating on how to use the tools before erm… I personally would be a little bit worried about sending my child somewhere where I knew they were having… using power tools erm but I do appreciate that you know everybody’s different so…erm but yeah.
Changes?-Erm …no I just want to make sure that they’re safe doing it.
Like protective equipment or something
Child was to engage in similar play in the future?- Erm… I think it would be nice to see that they’re learning how to do things at an early age erm but again I would be a little bit anxious about it that they’re going to hurt themselves.
Erm… bit on the edge with the little one with the err drill… erm.. bit more comfortable with the other 3 cause she’s wearing gloves there so she’s less likely to hurt herself (Points to image of child with gloves on)… erm but yeah bit on the edge with that one (Points to image of child with power tool).
similar experinces?- Erm… I don’t think so… no… no.
Changes?- Probably take the tools off the kids (Laughs). Fair enough with like the plastic toy one’s but not real one’s. I know you can get all the plastic pretend tool kits but… obviously their not like dangerous like that.
Experinces? - No never
I wouldn’t do that at all. Erm It’s like stuff that kids shouldn’t be playing with. It’s like with the drill it could go through… any part of the body… and the kid doesn’t know what their doing with it. And the second one with the hammer he could… hit himself back in the head, his fingers anything… like I know he’s got a glove on but still… it’s not… you wouldn’t let a kid play with a hammer. And third one it just doesn’t look safe at all… again the kids don’t know what their doing. The fourth one its just dangerous… I wouldn’t be happy with (Child’s name) playing with (Father’s name) tools and stuff.
Erm… the drill does worry me to be honest like I say the drill is a power tool which could be quite… and looking at the age of the child… that would have to be… I wouldn’t say that I would never er I wouldn’t feel comfortable with a child doing that but I would have to make sure that was well supervised and that we had a good risk assessment in place and that there was close supervision with them there at that age erm because like I say it’s quite heavy equipment and a powerful tool. The hammers and nails again you know if… I think it’s good that children are using real tools instead of just toy ones because they learn you know how to use them and I think if we always use just toy ones they don’t understand the danger whereas if you just teach them how to use them safely and what the hazards are… erm obviously there’s a risk that they can hurt themselves but I think again with good supervision, adult supervision and risk assessments in place. And again, this little girl looks like she’s measuring with the tape using real wood, splinters again but I think you have to weigh out the balance the child is going to be learning from that activity and she’s going to be learning a lot so balancing the risks with the benefits of the activity. Again, the girl using the mallet I think it’s good because they are learning skills and developing but again it’s about making sure that we always supervise children. Teaching them how to use tools safely.
Changes? - Erm.. not really no… like I say I would just make sure… I would like an adult in all of those pictures erm obviously apart from the little girl with the tape.. that doesn’t need to be as closely supervised as its quite low risk but with the tools and the hammers then definitely I would like an adult in those as it’s quite a high risk.
anything similar in Practice - Erm not in nursery no, I think its harder because it depends upon the nursery and their policy and procedures, with whatever the nursery feels comfortable with the children doing erm but I think as far as possible it’s always best to give children the real tools like with baking and anything like that you if you are giving them things like plastic knives the child then comes across a real knife they’re not going to understand what that knife could do and the dangers whereas if you introduce them and teach them how to use them safely you are helping them to learn and risk assess for themselves.