So my 4 year old is in preschool this year after having my mom watch her since she was a baby. When I toured the school they told me they take the kids out everyday unless it is severe cold or raining. They have an indoor gym for rainy days. The reality is that they hardly ever take the kids outside. If it is cloudy, they don't go out. If it is slightly chilly they don't go out. If it rained the day before and it is wet, they don't go out. One time I even questioned the teacher about it and she said to me "Well, we didn't make it outside today because we were painting and it took too long." What?!
They always seem to go to the gym and will only go out if it's sunny and 60 degrees. I finally talked to the director about it the other day and she said, "Well, if it's nice out I make the teachers take them out." I asked her what "nice weather" meant to her like if there was a policy they follow on what degrees is too cold. She said if it's warmer than 37 degrees. This is such BS since there are MANY days when it is warmer than that and the teachers don't take them out. I said to her "Oh, well my daughter tells me that they don't go outside." And then she answered me with "Yes, they go outside." I also wanted to add that I can log in and watch her class so I can tell if they're outside or in the gym.
I don't know if I should pursue this further or not. It annoys me that they don't feel it's important for young kids to have daily outdoor play and it annoys me even more that the director lied to me about it but my daughter is only there for 2 and a half more months and then she will be home with me for the summer and then come September I am switching her.
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