Adults collecting children/shoe wearing

(36 Posts)
Kennington Sat 27-Apr-13 09:09:10

hi, i visited a nursery yesterday and noticed that they didn't ask us to take off our shoes when entering the baby room. none of the babies were in at the time though. it got me wondering if parents are allowed to collect their children wearing their outdoor shoes. i will ask next week but is this the case at your nursery?

i personally find it very unhygienic and was surprised as surely this would increase the chances of gastrointestinal infections. i don't agree with the schtick it improves immunity because very little children could suffer terribly if they contracted something from dog poo.....

gaggiagirl Sat 27-Apr-13 15:05:23

Shoes are a total no no at my DDs nursery we un shoe at the baby room door and slipper if we like once inside there are also plastic CSI booties to go over your shoes if you can't un shoe.however at the Xmas party the shoe rule apparently didn't apply which I thought was odd since all the babies attended.

Picturesinthefirelight Sat 27-Apr-13 15:37:46

If I had been asked to remove my shoes in my child's nursery my child would no longer be attending that nursery.

My shoes remain firmly on my feet at all times.

cookielove Sat 27-Apr-13 15:43:10

In my nursery the only room that in forces the no outdoor shoe rule is the baby room, however we do provide blue shoe covers for those who choose not to remove their shoes. Lots of absent minded parents forgets this rule on the whole we usually remind them but at the end of the day we are more relaxed on it as once we've left the room for toddlers there is no point in it smile

BunnyValentine Sat 27-Apr-13 15:52:27

People walk all over the baby area at my nursery (with shoes on). I have never liked it but as they are great in all other ways I choose to overlook it.

Having said that the babies/children are all very healthy, there doesn't actually seem to be much illness there so I don't think it can cause many health risks. Obviously the dog poo thing would be but as yet I don't know of a single incident of a baby contracting something from dog poo brought in on someone's shoe at any nursery, so it would seem to be a very rare circumstance if it ever happened.

amidaiwish Sat 27-Apr-13 16:14:39

No shoes in our baby room. Gross - they are crawling!

Kennington Sat 27-Apr-13 17:06:07

Thanks all very helpful responses. It is really only the baby room I am concerned with as my baby is always face down fiddling with bits and pieces on the floor!

MinnesotaNice Sat 27-Apr-13 17:08:50

When my DC were in nursery, the baby room had shoe covers that you put on before entering. I agree, yuk to shoes in a room with little babies crawling on the floor.

insancerre Sat 27-Apr-13 17:47:02

I have worked in several nurseries and none of them ask parents or staff to take off their shoes in the baby room.
I find the thought of that very weird.

BikeRunSki Sat 27-Apr-13 18:04:47

Our nursery asks parents to take shoes off if entering further than the hallways. I have some shoe covers, they are happy with that too.

BikeRunSki Sat 27-Apr-13 18:06:14

Our nursery's request to take off shoes is mainly to do with keeping the carpets dry though.. Baby room is partly lino.

ReetPetit Mon 29-Apr-13 21:54:25

i have also worked in many nurseries and have collected lots of mindees from nursery and have never been asked to remove my shoes. I think that is a little ott. Surely tiny babies are kept in a seperate carperted area where staff would probably remove shoes? i have never known staff remove shoes at all but if they did i would assume it would only be in one part of the room where non mobile babies would be.

Once babies are crawling you can't really cocoon them in the same way -if you put them in a nursery, you no longer have any control over things in the same way - you can't see how they are preparing food/sterilising bottles/changing nappies, so to some extent you have to accept that i would think.
when they are crawling, they will pick things up and put them in their mouths, and they will also be exposed to bugs. Crawling babies are put down in parks, are they not? and in gardens?

Mannequinkate Mon 29-Apr-13 22:09:25

Do all guests in your home remove their shoes? Does you baby never get to crawl on the lawn?

Is dog poo your major concern with this, as I can't think of a time since I was a child that I have been unfortunate enough to step in dog poo. It surely isn't that common an occurrence?

DDs pre-school/nursery is shoes off inside. Staff have indoor shoes. Children take their shoes off when they go in and parents either de-shoe or put on plastic shoe covers if they go in past the hallway.

Taking shoes off here is just part of what you do when you go indoors.

LadyKinbote Mon 29-Apr-13 22:16:50

DC have been at three nurseries - all had a no shoes policy for the baby room.

Gilberte Mon 29-Apr-13 22:17:30

"Is dog poo your major concern with this, as I can't think of a time since I was a child that I have been unfortunate enough to step in dog poo. It surely isn't that common an occurrence?"

Depends where you live. The pavements where I live are full of dog poo. Even with my excellent poodar I have still stepped in it a couple of times, or the buggy wheels have gone through it and I've had to get the wet wipes out/find a large puddle before going into nursey.

We take shoes off at home but I don't insist others do it. A relative once manage to bring dog shit in with him.

I hate the fact that I have to walk with my eyes constantly focussed on the pavement beneath me and try to steer two children round it on the way to school/nursery.

I am particularly careful so I hate to think what's on the carpet my DD has to sit down on in school.

ReetPetit Mon 29-Apr-13 22:17:31

and most people who have stepped in dog poo would normally notice before stepping into a baby room, wouldn't they? hmm

Mondaybaby Tue 30-Apr-13 01:04:53

Baby room has shoes off policy but poorly adhered to by most. When dd was about 10months old they did have an outbreak of gastroenteritis that my dd caught although I have no idea of the source. I would have preferred a strict outdoor shoe off policy throughout the nursery. There are some risks that are just not worth it.

littlemisstax Tue 30-Apr-13 12:46:42

DDs nursery is completely shoe free - for adults and children. They carry thier shoes from the hallway where we drop them off to the shoe racks by the back door for going in the garden.

It works well.

TinyTear Tue 30-Apr-13 15:37:20

No outdoor shoes at my nursery either

usualsuspect Tue 30-Apr-13 15:43:37

I've never heard of this in my life. How precious.

Emsmaman Tue 30-Apr-13 21:30:46

Adults shoes get taken off at reception (or the plastic shoe covers!).

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 30-Apr-13 21:35:35

I've never come across this!

At my ds's nursery parents generally didn't get further than the lino'd area where the dc sat at tables for meals, craft etc in the baby room. The carpeted area where the babies were actually on the floor was partitioned off.

For those of you who are worried about dog poo - wiping your shoes or pram wheels with a baby wipe or in a puddle will not kill bacteria.

ReetPetit Tue 30-Apr-13 21:44:23

op - would you not go to any mother and toddler groups where adults wear shoes either then? confused

quoteunquote Tue 30-Apr-13 21:47:45

In all of the nurseries here (state and private), children have inside shoes(slippers) and outside shoes and wellies, No one would wear shoes past the entrance way, because children sit , crawl and play on the floor.

It would only take someone to walk poo through once and trying to clean properly with lots of children would be impossible.

I thought all nurseries did this, really surprised there are ones still left that don't, I assumed it must be required,

Down here you hand grown out of wellies and slippers on to nursery or the primary school so they always have spares.

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