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Staying Safe in the Home

Trips and Falls

Children’s physical skills continue to improve as they develop through the toddler years and get ready to start school. They are probably getting braver and more active. Children this age are not yet able to slow down, judge risks and avoid them. They still need parents and carers to keep their surroundings as safe as possible for them.

Check for Risks 

Look around your home and garden and think what your child could hurt themselves on. Consider your child’s height and what might be tempting for them;

  • Look out for things they could trip over, bump into or slip on. Get your child to tidy up toys with you every couple of hours to keep its safe.
  • Make sure there is nothing they can climb on that could put them at risk. For example check that windows placed where there sofa’s and beds underneath, can't be opened by your child.
  • Any play equipment should set up be on soft surfaces, and young children should be watched when using them.

Set Boundaries

Set boundaries in your home about - where, when and how your child can play actively inside.

  • There are lots of risks in the kitchen so your rule could be ‘quiet play only’.
  • You might let your child take cushions off the sofa to bounce about and burn off energy safely if you have the space.

Who can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below. 

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