Following on from my nail polishing thread does your child care make kids wear shoes? This new childcare doesn't make them wear them at all which might not worry me but there is a deadly disease in the soil up here that can kill you so you need to be careful when outside in the garden or with soil , always use gloves , wear shoes etc. My friends DS got it and will most likely never walk again unaided. I'm surprised that they have such a lax policy but I'm also not used to big childcare centres. What is normal?
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03-02-2016 12:37 #1
Shoes at childcare?
03-02-2016 12:47 #2
I was thinking the same thing today I am having battles with my 4 year about wearing thongs to kindy as he runs around trips and rips up his knees and I am afraid of him breaking something next. I made him wear proper sandals which stay on and are good for running around but he gets to kindy and everyone is wearing thongs so I can't win as he feels left out! I wish they would make a no thong rule and I agree with you there should be a shoes on outside policy as I am sure they don't check the grounds properly for hazards etc but there doesn't seem like any policy at my kindy or standard.
03-02-2016 12:50 #3
2 of my kids go to preschool and they are reasonably strict about shoes as there are a lot of snakes around. Inside they can be shoe free but outside is for shoes unless they are doing activities (feet painting etc) where they are pretty diligently watched anyway.
03-02-2016 12:55 #4
Our centre lets them run around barefoot. I much prefer it that way. Little feet should be out of shoes as much as possible- it's the very best way to help them grow and learn motor skills like climbing and balancing, and the sensory experience is massive. There are many studies now showing the benefits/importance of being barefoot, especially in a natural environment.
03-02-2016 13:00 #5
My dd wears little leg braces. And I send her to daycare in them. ..but it's not uncommon for me to get there at the end of the day to find her running around in bare feet. I'm fine with that as long as she's had them on majority of the day. At home she runs around a bit with bare feet so I don't see too much difference. If you'd prefer he wears shoes tell them and they should comply.
As @FearlessLeader said it's good to have no shoes on sometimes.
If there is a risk of bacteria in the soil wouldn't the daycare get the soil tested and checked anyway?
03-02-2016 13:03 #6
I don't bother even packing shoes. They encourage barefoot play.
03-02-2016 13:26 #7Senior Member
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I think it depends. My centre totally remade the playgrounds. The playgrounds are 'shoes off'. BUT my childcare is inner city and they have astro turf and other flooring etc. If it is an outdoor area that has grass/soil that is exposed, maybe a different story. In saying that kids always play in the dirt/soil and eat it etc so not sure if shoes on will help.
If you are concerned, they should have tested/be testing the soil. I would assume they have replaced or covered anything with new top soil etc that will not be affected.
ETA. I am fine with no shoes. I did jot put them on this morning and only do if he needs to walk to the train from childcare.
03-02-2016 13:28 #8
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03-02-2016 15:10 #9
At my pre school we tell the parents that joggers are best but many girls come in sandals. Sandals are not for climbing or running etc. we let our kids have bare feet outside and in. It's better that way and like another said better for little feet to be free than in shoes that are not the right fit and support.
03-02-2016 15:22 #10
I send them in crocs. Easy to wash off any accidents
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