I’m so irate. DD went to vacation care at a local gym on Friday and when we went to pick her up there was a strong smoke smell in their courtyard emanating from the neighbouring properties courtyard. We had to go stand somewhere else as it was so close by and strong.
When DD came out, she reported that people were smoking in the neighbouring courtyard when they went out for lunch, and she tried to show the supervisor but they didn’t do anything. Those little kids (she’s in Y1 and most kids there were around the same size) had to spend presumably at least half an hour to an hour out there breathing in strong second hand smoke even after she had told them about it.
I spoke to the person there as I was leaving, and they said they didn’t have another outside space and the kids couldn’t eat indoors due to contamination fears or some blah blah. And I said I can see how that made them feel stuck but keeping the kids out there in the smoke wasn’t an appropriate option. She’s said she’ll pass it on, and I’ve written to the place about it as well.
Am I overreacting? I hate the smell of smoke, it bugs me even from a distance so perhaps I’m more sensitive to this issue than others might be. But it would be bad enough if it was just me, but this is small kids young delicate lungs. And a little kid who told them it was bugging her and they ignored it. A kid who I trusted them to look after.
Am I being over dramatic or was this really not ok? Are there some kind of laws about this?