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The Yellowknife Day Care Association and their staff will always do their very best to keep the children appropriately dressed for the weather of the day.  However, it is always the parent’s responsibility to provide the appropriate clothing for outdoor play regardless of the season for that to happen.  The Yellowknife Day Care Association may be able to provide temporary appropriate clothing from time to time, but in no way takes the responsibility to dress each child for the weather of the day.

SPRING / SUMMER
As the shift to warmer weather happens, the children will spend more time outside to a maximum of 3 ½ hours.   From July 1 to Aug. 15, the children will move to the “summer schedule”.  The children will not be outside between 12:00 noon and 2:30, which would be the hottest part of the day.

The parent / day care will provide sunscreen and bug repellant for each child.  Each instructor will be responsible for putting the lotions on their children as needed.

It will be the parent’s responsibility to provide their child with appropriate clothing for the weather of the day, keeping in mind that the child will be outside whenever possible.  This would include a jacket for spring weather and a hat for summer.  Unfortunately, the staff can not be responsible for children’s sunglasses.

FALL / WINTER
The children will move back into the regular outside schedule approximately Aug. 15.  The children will move to being outside from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and possibly again from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.  As the colder weather becomes more prominent, the outside play time will shorten up accordingly to a maximum of 1 hour.  The Executive Director will check the weather temperature and wind chill factor daily from about Nov. 15 to March 15, or as needed.  The guidelines will be as follows:

Age Temperature / Wind Chill
Time Outside
1 - 2 ½ years combined to -20 ½ hour
1 - 2 ½ years combined lower than -20 0
     
2 ½ - 5 years combined to -25 ½ - 1 hour
2 ½ - 5 years combined lower than -25 0
     
5 - 8 years combined to -25 ½ - 1 hour
5 - 8 years combined to lower than -25 0

 

Although the staff will use these temperatures as a guideline, the decision will be made on a daily basis considering the weather at the time the children would be outside.

Parents

It is the parents’ responsibility to provide the appropriate winter clothing for the weather of the day, keeping in mind that our outside play time can be up to 2 hours.  That would include a hat, mitts (preferably with a string attachment), scarf and winter boots.  Although the day care does have a limited supply of coats, snow pants,  mitts,  etc.,  we do not have many sets, and they might not be warm enough for the weather of the day or fit the child who needs them.

A child not appropriately dressed will still need to be outside as the staff numbers drop at this time of day and there is no staff available to provide one on one care.  The only alternative to being outside is that the child who does not have appropriate clothing be sent to the sleep room for a nap.  This option would only be available on days that the nap room is not already full.

The staff are required, both by our standards and the Law, to report chronically under dressed children to Social Services.