I arrived to daycare drop off with the babies room (up to 2yo) set up with latex balloons hanging from the ceiling. The ballons hung to a height just above the ground to where the children could reach. My child is 12 months old and walking and would love playing with balloons but I think they are just too dangerous.

The centre has a no plastic bag policy so I find it strange they give balloons to the kids. I know they will get rid of the ballons once I voice my concern today, but my trust has been eroded and now I am thinking of pulling my son out of the centre. Is this over reacting?

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  • I wouldn’t pull my child out over it. They have addressed your concerns and removed them for you… most centres wouldn’t do that. As long as they are properly supervised I don’t see an issue but I totally understand where your coming from. Sometimes in life if you look into things to much it can mess with you and you will hold you child back.. I need to tell my self this on a daily basis because I over think everything!! Hope this helps x

  • The young rooms are supervised at all times, and kids love balloons. The heading about them being latex is what caught my attention – but you didn’t mention anything about your kid having a latex allergy. If the balloons are supervised in the same way as the kids using paints, crayons and any other play things there should be no issue. The kids can’t just sit in an empty room to be safe from everything.

  • Children and balloons are not a good mix, They put the balloons to their mouths and bite and if the balloon latex downs down their throats they can choke. Some children have even died this way. I don’t think you are overreacting by being concerned.

  • Yes. Balloons are pretty harmless, and if one does go bang, the educators should hear it and remove the plastic at once. If you think they’ll respond as soon as you voice a concern, you’re definitely over reacting.

  • I would not pull out my child because of a fun activity using balloons

  • Did you complain? I guess its up to the individuals thinking, but say something if you feel it may be wrong.

  • I have no idea what to say but it sounds like a predicament you should do what you think is best

  • Yes over reacting a little. Kids that little can be mesmerised by balloons and love watching how if they touch them they float away. I think as long as the child care centre is aware of your concerns and are prepared to clean up as soon as they hear the balloons popping then there really isn’t much harm to the children (unless of course they are allergic to latex)

    Let you child enjoy the balloons, I am sure you had fun with balloons when you were a kid. We are so quick now to deprive our kids of things because we assume they are bad/dangerous etc because we are adults but we forget that we used/did the same things when we were kids. I’m pretty sure what we did as kids is a lot worse than what kids can do now!

  • A little. What is your worry stemming from though? If you are concerned about your child eating the popped pieces of balloon, the actual noise will alert the carers and they would collect the scraps.

  • I don’t think it would be too dangerous and if you are comfortable they would respond to your concerns I think that’s a great sign.

  • I think unless your child has a known allergy or a history of trying to eat them then there isn’t any reason to worry.

  • Kids do have a lot if fun with balloons, but I see where your concerns come from as they can be dangerous. I’m more concerned about their impact on the environment. Ban all non compostable balloons and help save our planet

  • it is actually a sensory toy used in many daycare centres and schools australia wide to encourage play. but kids love balloons and there is no harm in them unless they try to eat them or are allergic to them. I would voice your concern if you really think it is an issue but I certainly don’t think they have violated your trust – particularly if they didn’t know you were so concerned.

  • yes over reacting what an awesome idea

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