Going on holiday with your family and children is one of the most important and exciting times of the year for many people. For the adults, it’s a time to relax and spend some quality time with your loved ones. For the children, it’s two weeks of fun and excitement, a time for sandcastles, swimming and ice cream.
Most Tour Operators such as Thomson, First Choice, Thomas Cook, Sunsail and Mark Warner Holidays offer all-inclusive hotels and resorts that provide Children’s Club facilities. The clubs can cater for children from as young as 4 months to 17 years old and provide a range of activities to satisfy all age ranges of children. The clubs are put in place and designed so that everyone in the family gets a holiday. Mums and Dads can relax knowing that their children are in safe hands and enjoying themselves.
However, parent’s need to be aware of the potential Health and Safety issues and problems that could affect Children’s Clubs in holiday hotels and resorts.
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Childcare needs a large number of staff to provide the required ratio of childminder to children. It is very important that the staff employed to look after your children are fully qualified, especially with the care of the younger children.
Care of children aged 4 months to 2 years needs fully qualified and trained staff to deal with sleeping routines, feeding, changing and bathing.
Care of the older children also needs trained and experienced staff as they are more likely to be involved in activities that involve play in water or other outdoor activities.
The use of inexperienced or untrained staff in resort to look after your children could have disastrous results if the child is neglected or not properly cared for which could lead to accidents, illness or most frightening, death.
Lots of equipment is needed to care for younger children such as cots, changing mats, sterilisers, bottlewarmers, nappies and potties. This equipment needs to be regularly maintained and cleaned and should not be used if it has become worn or dirty as this could lead to illness amongst the younger children.
Particular attention should be paid to the mattresses used in the cots due to the risks associated with cot deaths and poor mattresses.
The older children at the Kid’s Club are likely to be taking part in a range of activities during their holiday, including; swimming; snorkelling; sailing; windsurfing; tennis; indoor play and other outdoor activities.
The potential for accidents to occur during these activities becomes much greater if the equipment used is not suitable or safe to use and the children are not provided with the correct or indeed any safety gear such as life jackets.
Again, fully trained staff are needed to ensure that the correct training, supervision and instructions are given to the children to carry out the activity safely.
Many hotel resorts, as well as having Children’s Clubs, also have their own playgrounds and waterparks. This gives the children further opportunity for fun and play.
However, the playground and waterpark also can be a source of holiday accidents and injury if the equipment is poorly maintained and managed.
Slides that have been incorrectly assembled or poorly maintained can cause injury through cuts and scrapes or impact injuries through hitting the sides and roof of a waterslide.
Playgrounds may contain equipment that is old and rusty which can cause serious injuries to children if they fall against sharp edges or brush past them. The playground may have inadequate safety matting leading to broken bones among children who fall from any climbing apparatus.
Ensure that any waterparks in your hotel have sufficient lifeguards and ride attendants as accidents can easily happen and you want to be sure that there is sufficient staff available to deal with a situation.
Many of the Children’s Club activities on holiday are likely to involve water, be it swimming in the swimming pool and sea or watersports activities such as sailing, windsurfing and snorkelling.
The potential for accidents is high, especially if the supervision of the children is inadequate and the equipment the children are using is badly maintained and unsafe to use.
Staff should be fully trained in first aid and lifesaving techniques should any child get into difficulties in the water and parents need make the necessary checks before booking their holiday or allowing their children to join in the activities.
An accident or illness on holiday involving a child is every parent’s worst nightmare.
If your child has suffered an accident on holiday as a result of the negligence of the hotel’s Children’s Club then contact Simpson Millar’s Travel Team today who will be able to provide you with free advice and assistance about making a holiday compensation claim for your child’s holiday accident.
Simpson Millar has a team of experienced specialist Travel Lawyers who will use all their 40 years experience of working in travel industry to work for you on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis and claim compensation from your Tour Operator for your child’s Children’s Holiday Club accident or illness.