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Herkimer BOCES child and family services students
learn how to keep children safe on playgrounds

Nov. 3, 2014

Herkimer BOCES child and family services students in the outside playground where they watch younger students
Students in the child and family services program at Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES recently had the chance to learn about playground safety. Pictured, here from left to right, by the playground at Herkimer BOCES: Victoria Herringshaw, 16, of Owen D. Young; Angela Harrington, 18, of Little Falls; Brittany Polley, 19, of Central Valley; Kim Fragetta, instructor of the child and family services program; Morgan Buss, 17, of Mount Markham; Sierra Zeidner, 17, of Poland; Bree Jackson, 18, of West Canada Valley; Kim Stefanec, 16, of Richfield Springs, and Greg Auffrey, assistant safety coordinator at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES.


HERKIMER – When caring for young children in a playground setting, knowing what to look for as far as safety can make a big difference.

That’s what Greg Auffrey, assistant safety coordinator at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, recently discussed with students in the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES child and family services program.

“I talked to them about safety regulations or guidelines for playgrounds – not because they would need to memorize the inspection details, but just to have the general knowledge, so they will have the eye to pick up on things,” Auffrey said.

The Herkimer BOCES child and family services program allows high-school juniors to work with 3- and 4-year-olds in a nursery school class at BOCES. High-school seniors in the program work with 2-year-olds in the toddler playgroup and have the opportunity for off-campus internships in the spring.

During Auffrey’s visit, he spoke with students about the playground area, how to inspect it and to look out for things such as areas where children could get stuck in the playground equipment.

Knowing something as simple as to avoid letting children wear lanyards or hoodies with strings in them while on the playground can prevent major problems, Auffrey said.

“It just helps them be aware that details are important for safety on the playground,” he said.






 
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