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November 12, 2009
In Activity Counts, we discussed the importance of activities for children. It is suggested that children have approximately one hour of physical activity a day. As parents, we know that this activity may come in many forms. One almost guaranteed form of activity will come from play time outside while your child is in child care (weather permitting, of course). As we know, outside activities can be limitless. In addition to outdoor games such as hide and seek, tag or kickball, your child may spend outdoor play time on the playground.
NACCRRA’s Is This the Right Place for my Child? states that the playground or outside play area is the most common place for a child to be injured. As such, you want to carefully observe the outside environment of your potential child care program just as carefully as you’d observe the inside.
The National Program for Playground Safety, an organization committed to helping the public create safe and developmentally appropriate playgrounds, has implemented a national action plan entitled S.A.F.E. This action plan was created with the hope of preventing playground injuries. The S.A.F.E. program offers four general goals to playground safety: Supervision, Age-appropriate, Fall Surface and Equipment Maintenance. The program works with the public in the following areas: child care, elementary schools, residential and youth organizations. For more information on the NPPS’s national action plan, please visit www.playgroundsafety.org.
For more information about NACCRRA’s Is This the Right Place for my Child?, go to http://issuu.com/naccrra/docs/is-this-the-right-place-for-my-child?mode=a_p