Outside Time in Childcare: Is it Happening?
Every time I pick up my two kids from a full day in child care I struggle to ask those exciting but leading questions that'll get them to tell me what happened in school that day. "So did anything wildly exciting happen today? Any superheroes in class?" I know, the beginning of a long, long road.
Inevitably I wind up asking if they went outside to play. I honestly don't listen too closely to the answer, though often it is no - even when it's not raining cats and dogs. I tend to chalk this up to the fact that my 5-YO has no idea if he went outside that day and/or doesn't care to remember and tell me. I'm not worried because school policy includes daily outdoor play.
But after reading a recent article in the NYT about kids not playing outside while in childcare, I am wondering. Did he really not go outside? Is it because someone doesn't have warm enough clothes? The teachers don't feel like it? The park is a long walk? And if there's an indoor playground, need I worry anyway? Do your children play enough outside while in childcare? How do you know?
Thanks to CafeMama for the playground pic.