Children NEED fresh air and outside play everyday! It is unhealthy for them to stay inside all day. Colds and viruses do not come from being outside in cold and or wet weather. Colds and viruses are caught from other people who have colds and viruses. November to March is the peak cold and flu season, not because the weather is cold, but because people are trapped indoors. Warm bodies congregating in overheated buildings with closed windows offer viruses a perfect breeding ground.
Children are at greater risk for infectious diseases because they do not yet have a lot of anti bodies. Small children get, on the average, five colds a year. Children who are too sick to go outside are too sick to be with other children. They should stay home until they are well enough to rejoin all of us.
It has been proven that the best deterrent to the passing of colds and viruses is frequent hand washing. We encourage hand washing at many different times during the day. Adequate rest, good nutrition, minimal stress and living in a smoke-free environment are also important in avoiding illnesses.
Please send you child dressed appropriately for the weather every day.An old Norwegian saying is “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” In winter the children need warm clothing, boots, hats, and mittens. It will take a wind chill of 15 degrees or less and no sun to keep us in.If it is just raining, we will go outside. Rain keeps us in only in the event of thunder and lightning. Children LOVE to play in the snow, rain, and puddles. We want the children warm and dry, but we want them warm and dry OUTSIDE!If they get wet, we will help them change into dry clothes when they come in.
All children nap every day.The lights are turned down.Soft music is played, and backs are rubbed as desired.We follow the philosophy that good health results from daily fresh air, adequate rest, healthy nutrition, frequent hand washing and living in a smoke-free environment.