Supervision Walkthrough

Supervision Walkthrough

Because children visiting a farm are often excited, easily distracted, and have short attention spans, they may not notice or understand things that can hurt them. They may use play equipment in unanticipated or inappropriate ways, such as climbing up a slide chute. In addition, playground equipment, but its very nature, may present some hazards (e.g. fall from a swing).

Parents and chaperones accompanying children may not be familiar with the farm environment and may not recognize and understand the hazards either. This makes it extremely important to educate visitors (post signs with the rules and enforce them, provide supervision information to group chaperones, etc.) and ensure that children have adequate supervision while visiting.

The “walkthrough” that follows will encompass some general supervision guidelines and information, and also provides links to useful resources


The pictures on the following pages may depict some items and/or situations which are hazardous or unsafe. They are intended to assist in the identification of unsafe situations, and therefore may not represent “best practices”. If you have questions about any of the pictures or the situations depicted, please contact us at


A "Walkthrough" refers to "walking through" or looking through a series of pictures, and deciding if they show hazards and/or safety items, or if safety items are lacking. After evaluating the pictures and giving an answer, a correction will appear with additional guidelines, recommendations and resources.