According to a recent study conducted on childcare centre playgrounds in Sydney, Astroturf can reach a temperature of 90 degrees C in summer. Soft fall rubber, on the other hand, can go as high as 80 degrees. This very rubber used to cover playgrounds to make it safer for children. If you are surprised with these findings, it might be good from now on to now leave school chairs and furniture outside the heat of the sun during summer season.
During a hot summer day, a plastic toy left out as the sun beats down can reach 76 degrees. Even decking made of wood and furniture that are out in the open can get very hot. These figures were published by the University of Western Sydney. After learning about the information, childcare educators are now preventing any outdoor play during the summer.
The hot surfaces all over the children’s playground can be a safety hazard. In fact, a child suffered second degree burns on the soles of her feet as the 18-month old is playing at an Ipswich park.
Western Sydney University’s senior research fellow, Sebastian Pfautsch, said that educators know that the surfaces can be hot during that time of the day but the lack is training regarding the matter. There are many ways to test how hot the bare metal such as pushing a piece of furniture or sliding ice down. The problem is that not everyone has the general knowledge on those techniques.
To say that the findings were a shock to the public is an understatement. Even the little kids are not sure what to do when they come in contact with a burning surface that they do not move for a few seconds until they suffer burn.
According to the same research, the safest areas for the children to play around in the playground are on grass as well as sand because the temperature is only between 41 and 47 degrees. Other materials can go very hot such as school chairs made of wood or cement and other playground equipment made of brick or wood chips. Unless the playground is under the shade, it is best to avoid it.
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Manalapan – October 28, 2015 –In society today, there could never be anything more valuable than education. The value of education is that it plays a great role in defining the word ‘human.’ Through education, people will be able to use their gift of reasoning and logic to its extent. It keeps them exposed and connected to the world. More importantly, education helps establish a person’s future. For this very reason, it is important that people start learning at young age. Unfortunately, with the rise of economical problems that countries are struggling with have also affected the educations system that is meant for the youth. Add in also the problems that come with the increase of population.
Most schools of today are now lacking the necessary resources, like books, classrooms and even teachers, in order to provide quality education to kids. Now, if there are deficiencies with the education system today, how can you make sure that your kids are being given the quality education they need? One way would probably be getting private tutors from tutoring companies like Bee Academic Tutoring. But if you don’t have the budget for a private tutor, know that there are charity programs and non-profit organizations that offer free tutorial services. One such organization is called Homework Helpers.
Homework Helpers, now being led by 17-year old Brad Escobar, pair up younger kids with high school students for free after school tutorial sessions. Kids would meet up with their tutors during Mondays and Thursdays usually from 4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Recruited high school students will help their partners improve in subjects like Math and even help them improve their vocabulary. Not only that, the group is also bringing back cursive into the fold and teaching them to the kids.
Escobar said that kids would often feel scared at first but it becomes an overwhelming experience when they see the kids come out of their shells. There are also times when parents would email him about the improvement of their child’s grades.
Homework Helpers is now on its eighth year and was founded by Brad Escobar’s older brother. Every year, about 10 high school students, ages 16-18, would volunteer to the cause.
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