Footwear

by Chava Sanderson

The type of footwear your child will need in daycare depends on how active they are and how often they will be outdoors.

The type of footwear your child will need in daycare depends on how active they are, how often they are outdoors, and the types of outdoor areas they visit during the day. Older children who are outdoors in nature all day long will tend to need more heavy-duty footwear than nursery aged children or children who only spend an hour on the playground.

 

House shoes / slippers

Children need to place their shoes together with their jackets and other outerwear when entering the daycare. This helps keep play area floors clean and dry throughout the day. However, the entrance where children change in and out of their outerwear can easily become wet and muddy, and some daycare floors can also be chilly on cold days.

Daycare workers recommend that children use indoor shoes to help keep their feet clean, warm, and dry. Most children wear house shoes or soft slippers (hjemmesko or sutsko) in daycare. However, older children sometimes use a pair of regular sneakers or sandals that they no longer wear outdoors. 

When to use: Year round, although some children do not wear them in warm summer months. 

Shoes 

During the spring and fall, temperatures can vary a lot during the day. The ground can also be a bit damp or muddy. Most children wear shoes made out of  materials that are waterproof or water resistant instead of sneakers. If your child does wear sneakers or running shoes, it is a good idea to avoid shoes that are made of mesh or other thin fabrics, as feet can easily get soaked while playing in damp grass or sand.

Shoes should be fastened with velcro instead of laces, as children are encouraged to dress themselves when possible.

When to use: April-October, although some children wear sneakers and sandals in the summer months

Rain boots 
Children should have a pair of rain boots to wear on rainy days. Children who do not walk yet can use pull-over booties to keep their shoes dry. 

When to use: March/April-October/November

Thermal rain boots

Thermal rain boots are rain boots that have a fluffy wool or synthetic inner lining to keep feet warm in colder weather. These can be a good option for children who tend to get cold, but they are bulkier and sometimes harder to run around in than regular rain boots. Some children use thermal rain boots in snowy weather instead of winter boots.   

When to use: October/November-March/April

Winter boots

Winter boots are often used in weather where snow suits are necessary (where temperatures are xxxx). If your child  is not outdoors very much, and usually stays away from lots of dirt and mud, you can consider water-resistant boots. These types of boots are often more fashionable, but may not keep feet dry if your child is in rainy or snowy weather all day long. will be outside for several hours every day in all types of weather, winter boots should be fully waterproof. Children who are outdoors all day long or who tend to play in water and mud should use fully waterproof boots. Gore-tex is a great material for keeping feet completely dry all day long, even in rain and snow.

When to use: October/November – March/April   

Your child’s clothing needs will depend on how active they are, how often they are outdoors, and the types of outdoor areas they visit during the day.

For example, if your child is in the forest most days or just loves to play in sand, mud, and snow, it may be a good idea to buy heavy-duty, water-proof winter boots. Gore-tex is a great material for keeping feet completely dry all day long. If your child is not outdoors very much, and usually stays away from lots of dirt and mud, you can also consider water-resistant boots. These types of boots are often more fashionable, but may not keep feet dry if your child is in rainy or snowy weather all day long.
Daycares recommend layered clothing, especially during the winter months. Children who tend to be cold may need more layers (and more wool clothing) that children who tend to be warm or who are extremely active.
Parents often ask when children should start or stop using winter suits. Most children switch to winter suites in late October or early November, usually when the temperature is around 8 degrees C. CIn March or April, when the average temperatures are around 8 degrees C, most children switch back to thermal wear. Children who tend to feel cold, or children who are not as active outdoors (for example, nursery-aged children) may switch to winter suites before children who are constantly running around the playground. During the weeks where the temperature changes during the day, it is common for children to wear thermal clothing to daycare, and add rain clothing as an extra layer during the coldest part of the day.

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