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Educational Programs and Activities of Group Child Care Facilities

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:
    • Inside and outside play.
    • Group and individual play.
    • Imaginative and structured play.
    • Music, dancing, marching, and playing musical instruments.
    • 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.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Last Revised September 23, 2010

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 23, 2010
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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