Outside Play Policies

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We believe that children, even babies, should spend time outside each day in most weather. Our children go outside into our well-equipped day care play yards every morning and afternoon. Of course, how long they stay out depends on how comfortable the weather is, and we take our cues from the children. They become adaptable to a variety of weather conditions, and are, we believe, healthier for it. If individual children become uncomfortable, they may be taken inside. But the rest of the group should remain outside for their full play period.

We keep bottled water outside, with cups, and encourage the children to drink frequently. When babies have finished their milk bottles, we offer water.

Outside time is an opportunity for active, noisy, rowdy play. and may include water play, sand play, snow play, art and nature activities, as well as imaginative play and opportunities to run, climb, and shout. Quilts may be spread on the ground for the babies. Preschoolers sometimes take field trips into the community.

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Water Play

We use water play to help keep the children comfortable on hot days.

1. The Montgomery County Health Department no longer allows wading pools to be used at child care centers for reasons of sanitation.

2. We use water tables, sprinklers, spray bottles, & water pans, whenever the temperature is over 80 degrees. Teachers invent games involving water play, allowing children to splash freely at the water tables & pans, but not allowing them to climb inside.

Air Quality

1. Regardless of temperature, the children will continue to play outside every morning and afternoon, on their regular schedule – UNLESS the air quality index for that day is CODE RED. That is the only time (except for rain) that the children are to be kept inside. When the index is CODE ORANGE, the outside time should be limited to one hour in the morning and one hour in the afternoon.

2. Staff is encouraged to reapply sun block every 2 hours that a child remains outside.

3. From May through September, staff are notified each day of the air quality forecasted by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Air Quality Hot Line, which determines how much outside time will be allowed that day. On code red days (unhealthful) the children remain indoors. On code orange days (moderately unhealthful) outside time is limited to an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. On code yellow (moderate) and code green (good) ozone days, outside time is unlimited:

The Air Quality Index Codes are:
Red – Unhealthy
Orange – Moderately Unhealthy
Yellow – moderate
Green – good

3. When the temperature is over 90 degrees, children are to be kept inside between the hours of 12 noon-2pm (the hours of most intense heat). This is nap time for most of the children, anyway.

 

 

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Olney

16910 Georgia Ave.
Olney, Maryland 20832
phone: 301 260-1200
fax: 301 591-1376
email:
olney@thechildrenintheshoe.com

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4330 East West Highway
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
phone: 301 656-5056
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4401 East West Highway
4330 East West Highway
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
BCC: 301 654-9253
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email:
bcc@thechildrenintheshoe.com
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1375 Piccard Dr‎
Rockville, MD, 20850
phone: (301)841-7708
email:
rockville@thechildrenintheshoe.com

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