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Group Child Care: Activities

Topic Overview

Group child care facilities usually offer a variety of educational programs and activities. Although emphasis varies between facilities, look for one with the following characteristics:

  • There is an organized daily program offering appropriate activities to match the varying ages and developmental levels of the children. Activities should include things like:1
    • Inside and outside play.
    • Group and individual play.
    • Imaginative and structured play.
    • Singing, dancing, marching, painting, and storytelling.
    • Quiet times for children to rest.
  • There is enough space for all the children, including areas for quiet activities such as reading, space for group activities, and outside play areas.
  • There is equipment that works and there are enough supplies (such as toys, puzzles, and books) and materials (such as clay, sand, and paint) for everyone. Toys should be appropriate for the children's ages.
  • Any plants, animals, or other natural objects (such as bark, leaves, and rocks) that are available for children to play with should be safe.

References

Citations

  1. American Academy of Pediatrics, et al. (2011). Program activities for healthy development. In Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards—Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd ed., pp. 48–85. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Last Revised September 14, 2012

Last Revised: September 14, 2012

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