...in our local newspaper.
here we go...
"Children are being encouraged to get their hands dirty at childcare centres renovated with a nature theme.
In SA, Mission Australia is renovating three failed childcare centres, which were known for their carpeted walls and artificial turf playgrounds.
These were replaced with outdoor discovery gardens, wooden play equipment, tunnels and bridges. Each centre also has its own vegetable patch.
Mission Australia hopes this will all help to combat "bio-phobia" - a fear of nature's risks. "
All well and good, but let's go back to the bit that bothered me.
"carpeted walls and artificial turf playgrounds"
On the walls.
How the hell did they keep these clean???
Carpet is well known for attracting dust, harbouring dust mites, aggravating asthma, hayfever and eczema.
In a place that has probably more than a dozen small children in morning and afternoon sessions, children with colds who probably cough and sneeze a lot, the carpeted walls would hold a lot more germs than just dust and sticky finger marks.
Carpet on the floor is bad enough, but on the walls? That's just plain ridiculous!!
Most childcare centres and kindergartens I knew had a carpeted area or a large mat for the kids to sit on for story time. The rest of the floor was surfaced in something easily washable, because let's face it, kids do have accidents. Dropped food, spilled drinks, the occasional vomit.
This is not an attack on all of you at home who have carpets on your floors. I'm betting you keep them as clean as you possibly can and I'm also betting you don't have hordes of children in your home twice a day, every day.
Moving back to the carpeted walls....a few years ago there was something in the papers about how high the incidences of asthma in small children were now.
I'm wondering if dusty, germy (wall) carpets might have had anything to do with this. If they were spot cleaned and didn't dry properly while the place was closed overnight, these carpeted walls could also be harbouring mildews and moulds between the carpet and the wall. Ditto carpet and floor.
It may be that the kids didn't have true asthma, but like me, simply had asthmatic type reactions to dust, mildews and moulds.
Further into the article were a couple of paragraphs which I just had to laugh at.
"....a lot of research into early childhood showed the importance of children having access to the outside environment."
"Children need to get outside and play.........children need exposure to nature because it helps you build up an immune system........"
Why did I laugh at this?
Because it's been known for generations.
This is not new knowledge.
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