Safety : A prime motive!
Recent instances about security of kids has really placed a question mark on many Play zones, Schools. We, as parents need to be fully aware of the security measures a place has, wherein we leave our kids, be it for fun or for schooling. The world is indeed not a safe place anymore and “Security” is a must for us to audit.
Amongst all the news spreading across pertaining to kids security at schools and play zones, we went to KidZania last Sunday and really had to appreciate the measures they have taken for kids safety.
KidZania, a fun-learning kids zone, has more than 18 years of experience in running safe and secure edutainment Theme parks for children & families all around the world. With 24 facilities in 19 countries spread across Americas, Europe, Japan, Korea, Middle East and Asia, KidZania is the leading Global Edutainment Brand.
And I was glad to see the security measures, which made a mom really happy!
Safety and Security
I found the activities to be safe, educational and rewarding. KidZania is an indoor, temperature controlled place with high quality air monitoring and filtration systems. They have developed a state-of-the-art, comprehensive and integrated security system at KidZania that encompasses:
a) Controlled Access
All entry & exit points are access controlled and manned by KidZania security personnel. A team of professional and highly trained guards are available in various parts of the city, including: entrance, emergency exit and strategic places. There is also a safety and security officer onsite at all times to ensure safety inside.
b) RFID Security bracelets
Visitors receive a bracelet to wear around their wrist with a radio frequency antenna and an identification chip installed. The bracelet can only be removed by their employees with parental or guardian authorization through a specialized system at the end of their visit. The RFID bracelet also helps parents and teachers to track and locate each kid inside KidZania and drop messages for them, as well. These bracelets are assigned in groups as they come in, so a child cannot exit if an adult or the whole party is not present. This safety aspect ensures schools and parents, that their children are safe at all times.
c) Highly trained team
KidZania Supervisors are responsible for ensuring the safety of children. All Supervisors undergo an intensive and extensive training program [as I checked with them], including early childhood training that helps them know how to handle a child in different situations.
d) CCTV cameras
The complete zone is monitored by several hundred’s of CCTV cameras, which are placed in strategic locations across the centre. They also have a video recording system for future reference. Further, the zone is built in a way that parents and teachers get to observe the children participating in the various activities within the establishment via glass walling.
e) First-Aid Center
They have a dedicated, fully qualified first aid center inside the city. In addition, even their frontline employees are trained in the provision of first-aid and carry basic medical kits with them at all times.
Additional Safety and Security considerations:
- Every KidZania is designed to conform or exceed local and international Safety & Security regulations.
- They have stringent manuals regarding Safety and Security to ensure that visitors, staff are safe and secure at all times and that all precautions have been considered related to emergency situations.
- From the design stage, CCTV system is centralized and controlled from a secured control room, in which all signals from CCTV cameras, Public address system, fire alarms and access/exits are controlled.
- Restrooms: Internal elements of the restrooms help to be aware of safety aspects. One of these is the height of the toilets partition, which must allow to see if no more than one person is inside. Though CCTV coverage cannot be considered within toilets, every toilet is fixed with one at the entry & exit to determine who has used it and at what time, incase of any such requisite.
I checked out personally all these systems and hence thought to share my views here. Safety of kids is prime and their should be not a single loophole left in the schools and play zones.
Reach out to Kidzania and let kids play and learn with their interesting activities. I shall be covering an entire post on their activities for kids soon.
Till then, Be Safe!
[This is a sponsored post, but I was happy to vouch these measures in person with my kid and found it imperative to give it a mention. For me, Safety of my child is far above than other activity.]