Having toys that encourage play and learning and being able to explore and be active is an important part of childhood.
More than 35,000 children under the age of 15 have to go to A&E each year because of injuries caused by toys.
This is why it is important to know that the toys your children use are suitable for their age and safe to play with.
Safety Labels & Regulations
In the UK there are rules and regulations to try and make sure that the toys we buy for children are safe.
When buying toys look for safety labels. There are some approved labels that show the toy meets the quality and safety standards recommended to keep children safe.
The CE mark means that the toy meets all the rules for toy safety set across Europe.
The Lion Mark
The Lion Mark shows the toy has been made by a quality approved British toy maker.
This age warning acts as a guide to whether a toy is safe or not for an age group. Parents and carers should think about the needs of their own child, as children develop at different rates.
The Kitemark shows a British product has met quality and safety levels. This is not just used for toys but is found on things like safety equipment e.g. a cycle helmet.
Even though there are rules and laws to make sure that the toys sold in the UK are safe, some unsafe toys are still found for sale illegally in this country.
Checking if toys seem safe for your child is a good habit to get into. You can reduce the risk of buying unsafe toys by;
When checking toys remember;
Think about your child’s age and development. Be careful if you have children of different ages and abilities, and make sure that unsuitable toys are kept out of reach. Young children should be supervised whilst they play and all children should follow any instructions that come with a toy to make sure they can play safely.
Remember - check all toys from time to time. If they are broken they should be thrown away not sold or sent to charity shops.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.
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