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11 effective measures to ensure your child is safe at school

Swati Nitin Gupta
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11 effective measures to ensure your child is safe at school

The recent mishap at a school in Gurgaon, has brought forth a lot of questions in parents’ minds—parents are worried about the safety of the child on and even off  the school premises, not forgeting when the school organises picnics and excursions. So what is it that worries a parent in sending their child to such excursions? Well -- the answer is the consent form wherein the school refuse to take any responsibility of any mishap happening during the picnic spot. What if my child gets hurt either in the school premises or at the picnic spot? Who will take care of my child if not the school authorities? How will the school handle it? Does the school know at any given point of time what my child is doing? This blog tells you 6 questions you should ask the school about safety. Plus: making your child safety smart. Read on to know more...


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Nupur

| Sep 12, 2017

very useful information

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Gayathri

| Sep 12, 2017

Thanks for your post. Just my thoughts. sorry for the long post. We lived in India when my child is between 3-4 years. I never sent her to any daycare before that. So got very nervous. First thing we did is, searched internet to find all best kindergarten schools in the nearby area. We stayed away from schools that also has primary and higher secondary classes even it is popular. Children till 5 years of age, can't communicate things properly to us. So If we want teachers to have more concentration on our child,we should opt schools with less population. Academics are not at all important for children till 5-6 years. Social skills,creativity,discipline and manners are all the important things need to be taught at that age. So we went to almost 5-6 schools. In each school we spent atleast half an hour. Talked with correspondent/Principal,to the class teacher(we can find out in this conversation,how much ability he/she has in handling kids), questioned about the safety measures they take in case of emergency, Do they have any on-call doctor examined how much secured the school is(if the school is really secured you can't find anyone other than staffs inside the premises(In one school,we saw three men were talking near the gate and when we asked who's the security here,the security introduced himself and telling us ,the other two men were his friends,for me it's 'creepy')), how many male and female staffs working there and are they certified, how many ayas(caretaker) are there,will they take the child to potty(even if the kid is potty-trained) and wait for them till they come out of bathroom, Examined the play area and the class room, We even looked the nearby premises of the school(we rejected schools,that has liquor shop 3 blocks away) You people might feel funny,we rejected a school that had steep-curvy staircase and my daughters preschool room was in the 1st floor Many people after reading my post might feel am over-protecting or stupid/funny. But if you are outside the country for few years and read sex assaults happening to children under 5 years almost everyday in our country,you might understand my fear. Thanks for reading and sorry for the long post.

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Astha Srivastava

| Sep 11, 2017

Thanks Swati

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Shikha Batra

| Sep 09, 2017

thanks Swati for sharing such handy tips keeping in mind present day scenario where kids are not safe even in their second home or home away from home as many people would call it I. e. their school. such repeated incidences in the recent past have made us parents reconsider our decision of putting our children in prestigious schools. its time we need to ask these schools certain serious questions regarding the safety procedures in schools, emergency management , contingency plan and many other such questions of that ilk . the failure to have these systems in place can pose a serious threat to our kids safety and security. thanks again for bringing this up..

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Aisha Sami

| Sep 09, 2017

thanks Sister swati... its a big issue you covered today!!!!

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puloma pandey

| Sep 09, 2017

Thanks it was really needed blog .

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DEBASHREE BHATTACHARYA

| Sep 09, 2017

Hello Swati, thanks a lot for this blog. After reading the incident from the news paper, me and my husband became very tensed and were only thinking what questions should we ask to the school authority regarding the safety measures of the children at their school. After reading your blog, l got a fair idea about it. Swati, l would like to add another question to the list that if they allow the support staffs to have access to the washrooms of the children?

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Shashi Roy

| May 26, 2017

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Sunita

| Jan 20, 2017

Thanx for a nice information

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 Sukanya Banerjee

| Dec 05, 2016

Very good info.

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Sejal

| Nov 08, 2016

great info. thanks

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Kapil

| May 12, 2016

Nice information

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Rakesh Mishra

| May 08, 2016

great app

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sreekala ks

| Apr 21, 2016

Good info swsthi thank you

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arti sharma

| Apr 12, 2016

Swati this is really a gud subject ...every parent need these basic information that u have given to all..... Thanks.

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Swati Nitin Gupta

| Feb 16, 2016

Thank you Ankita. As a mother of a seven year old I am also worried about my son's safety.

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Parul Ankita Gupta

| Feb 16, 2016

Hi Swati this is quite a topical issue and considering the recent incident in Delhi, we as parents were also concerned about the safety issues at our children's school.

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