Outside Play

We believe that children, even babies, should spend time outside each day in most weather. Our children go outside into our well-equipped 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.

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.

In summer, we are very aware that exposure to sun can be harmful to our children. We have stringent sun protection policies, which are distributed to parents and staff in early April. From May through September, staff are notified each day of the air quality forecasted by theMetropolitan 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. We also apply sunblock to all children over six months old whose parents give us written permission to do so. Babies wear sun hats and are kept in the shade. We encourage the use of hats and lip balm for further protection, and all of our playgrounds have shaded areas. We use water play to help keep the children comfortable on hot days.

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16910 Georgia Ave.
Olney, Maryland 20832
phone: 301 260-1200
fax: 301 591-1376

East West

4330 East West Highway
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
phone: 301 656-5056

Bethesda - BCC & East West

4401 East West Highway
4330 East West Highway, Suite 110
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
BCC: 301 654-9253
East West: 301 656-5056


1375 Piccard Dr‎
Rockville, MD, 20850
phone: (301)841-7708


William is just so happy...

William is just so happy to go to school each day, and that gives me a little glimpse into the joyful way he spends each day at the shoe.

N. Chien
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"The teachers and staff at The Children in the Shoe are amazing!  We have one child who graduated from the Shoe last year and was 100% ready for Kindergarten - largely because of all the educational and social activities she was exposed to in pre...

M. Smith
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