What is your take on street shoes being worn in daycares?

Amber - posted on 11/19/2008 ( 11 moms have responded )

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One thing I have noticed about daycares is that EVERYONE wears their street shoes all of the time. So that means the babies & kids are crawling around in the filth from everyones shoes. We don't wear our shoes in our house; why should we wear them in daycares?

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Kimyoung01 - posted on 11/04/2016

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The bottom of shoes are absolutly filthy..Just think about it,so many people running in and out with street shoes everyday bringing in the outside and babies have to crawl on that ground everyday putting fingers and toys in their mouth no wonder so many children suffer from respiratory infections.. what can be done is having parents wear booties and having everyone that attends and work in the day care have a second pair of shoes for inside

Amber - posted on 11/19/2008

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That is great you have your carpets cleaned every few months Jenny. True, we don't want to OVER do the anti-germ deal. Thanks everyone for your thoughts on this ;)

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Julie - posted on 11/19/2008

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Yeah, they keep a chair outside the door of their rooms so parents don't fall over getting their shoes off or putting those booties on. All the kids have hallway lockers for their personal stuff and they have booties for parents in them so the parents if they so choose not to take off shoes need to stop there before getting their child. Very handy!

Amber - posted on 11/19/2008

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Really Julie? That is GREAT I am going to suggest it to my children's day care! I agree about the older kids. Babies 3 and under usually put everything in their mouth and their toys spend a lot of time on the floor, I am happy to hear there is some places out there that think about this;)

Julie - posted on 11/19/2008

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At my daughter's daycare/school in the infant and toddler room where the kids primarily play on the floor, staff and parents coming in or out of those rooms need to either remove their shoes or wear those bootie shoe covers. Some places do care! I do think older kids 3+ wouldn't need to have a super pristine floors than infants and toddlers.

Amber - posted on 11/19/2008

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I have my girls in daycare just a few hours a week so that they can play with other kids their own ages. They have fun and I love it!

Amber - posted on 11/19/2008

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I do understand about shoes being important for safety, foot fungus and gross motor, those all make sense, good points. What about keeping a pair of shoes at the daycare just for inside so they aren't street shoes? Maybe I am a fanatic about this but I have read a lot of things over the years about all the nasty things we get on the bottom of our shoes from the world around us and how sick those things can/do make us if we don't leave our shoes at the door.

Jenny - posted on 11/19/2008

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I am also a day care provider...and i know here in wi it is state law to have shoes on at all times over the age of 1. If there is a fire all those children would have to run out side withough shoes or toes would get stepped on and such. I understand your point about the germs and what not...but sometimes you just have to overlook the small things like that bc if you dont ever let your child come in contact with germs...they will have a very weak immune system. oh and we also have our carpets professionally cleaned atleast every 3 months.

Tracy - posted on 11/19/2008

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I guess I have never really thought of it that way. I normally don't have my kids wearing shoes (by the way I am a daycare provider). But I also have never insisted they come off. Now, I have heard of providers making them mandatory or at least socks because of foot fungus and such.

Kelli - posted on 11/19/2008

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My daughter goes to daycare and I am a preschool teacher. Shoes are important at daycare. Tennis shoes are best. THey wear them for safety. In case they get stepped on and for gross motor time in the gym and outside.

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