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Reasons For Lack of Physical Activity at Daycare Revealed

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute presented a study to the Pediatric Academic Societies that said flip flops, lack of warm clothes, and in some cases, less than enthusiastic caretakers were to blame for the lack of physical activity in youngsters.

In 34 child care centers, caretakers sat with researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to dish on child activities.

To see what they had to say,


When asked about outdoor time, the staffers often cited children's clothing as an issue. Many parents send their tots to school in flip flops or sans jackets – keeping the kid from participating in outdoor activities.

Some of the caretakers believe the parents intentionally send the kids ill equipped for playground time to keep them indoors. Still, others claimed that playground items (i.e. mulch) were dangerous and used as weapons. In addition to all of those reasons, some daycare workers explained their own disinterest in bundling up or going outside themselves.

Parents generally hope their child is getting ample mental and physical stimulation.

I can sympathize with the caretakers since there are days when I am too tired to take my daughter to the park, however nobody is paying me to do so.

What are your thoughts on this issue?

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jendog37 jendog37 9 years
having worked at a daycare for a short stint, I can understand how difficult it is to bundle up kids to go out (even though I live in a warm area of the US). We -- the teachers made every effort to get over ourselves and bundle up the little toddlers to go out and play. It really made a huge difference in everything about the kids. It was important to everyone in our classroom that we do it. Many parents did think we were crazy to do it everyday (unless it was below freezing or a dangerous ozone day).
sweetnshy5282 sweetnshy5282 9 years
my children do not attend daycare. however, I agree that sometimes I am too tired to take the kids to the park, and I know that I will pay the price later when they start bouncing off the walls. but when you are paying for someone to care for your child you expect them to do the very best everyday. I couldn't care less about the daycare workers disinterest. people pay them good money, so they better get thier butts outside!
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
That's ridiculous! My daughter attended full time daycare here in Finland and they spent at least 2 hours outside everyday unless it was pouring down rain. I don't envy the staff that had to stuff 20 small children in snowsuits, mittens, hats and boots to go out in subzero temps, but I'm glad they did it.
drummerchick1 drummerchick1 9 years
i can't believe this! i work at a daycare and i will do almost anything to get the kids outside running around....even in the winter if we can bundle up and go outside for at least 10 minutes, i will do it!
anniekim anniekim 9 years
my daughter's preschool makes a big point of telling parents to dress thier kids for the weather beacuse they will be going outside every day (unless rain or snow) flip-flops or not. My kids definitely profit from outdoor time. Some days I'd rather not go to the park, but I'll pay the price with kids bouncing off the walls in the house if I don't. I'm surprised that the day care workers don't feel the same way. I sure the kids are generally more well behaved if they can get some exercise.
lickety-split lickety-split 9 years
you get what you pay for. i pretty much sign up my kids for specific things so i know exactly what they are getting. i don't expect the school to take care of music (although it's "covered") or p.e. (they are both in year round sports activities. not a fan of day care for more than maybe 4 hours a day a couple of times a week. preschool, with more structured activity seems a more balanced approach.
Moms Moms 9 years
My kids aren't in daycare, but if they were I'd expect them to be taken outside. Fresh air works wonders for children.
stina829 stina829 9 years
I would hope my son would get outside time if it was a nice day outside. I'm still learning how to dress my son for the weather though. I never send him in too little clothes though, always too many clothes. *Sigh* And since I'm paying the daycare, I don't care if they are tired or not, they need to take care of my son and make sure that he gets ample playtime!
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