When a child is enrolled in a school, day care center, summer camp or other program, it is important that the child be supervised in a safe environment. While a typical toy does not at first glance appear to be a dangerous object, the wrong toy in the hands or within the reach of a child can lead to serious personal injuries and even the death of the child.
It is important for all child care providers be aware of the risks and dangers of toys. Furthermore, the child care provider should be on alert and pay attention any time that a child is playing with a toy. Many personal injuries can be avoided with consistent supervision and common sense on the part of child care providers.
Toys Needs to be Age Appropriate. Small children including those under the age of 5 years old tend to put small pieces or toys into their mouths. This can present a significant choking hazard to a child. If a toy has small pieces or is susceptible to being pulled apart into small pieces, there can be a choking hazard to a small child.