COVID-19 Information 2021
Barefoot Kids are fully committed to protecting the health and welfare of our families, staff, and community. Our methodology is to create an environment that is warm and personal. We believe children get the most out of experiences where they can easily make connections and feel they have a voice.
In 2021 as a precaution, we are going to continue limiting enrollment on-site and continuing our 2020 policy into the 2021 season.
As an outdoor site, we are thankfully in a unique position to deal with the new world of COVID. Our supplies and equipment are stored safe from any contamination. It's our standard policy that items used are broken down and sanitized when breaking down daily, but we will be further limiting exposure to items as recommended by current NYS and CDC guidelines. Our families can feel safe in the knowledge that we are able to thoroughly monitor our site and the need for a play-based curriculum, now more than ever, will help our children unwind from the school screen time overload!
At Barefoot Kids our mission is simple. We create a space for children to immerse themselves unlocking the awesome power of learning through play.
A place where electronics are not invited and magic will come alive.
We believe in childhood.
Our summer camp is small by design, surrounding kids with a warm hometown atmosphere. This environment helps children slow down, make new friends, developing their inner voice to invent space that is truly their own. Let's return our kids to a simpler time when childhood reigned supreme.
imagination is freedom
Let them play!
Play is vital for healthy development in children of ALL ages. Unfortunately, adult-directed and designed activities, although well intentioned, has come at a great cost to child development. Deterioration of flexibility, the fluidity of thought, problem-solving, negotiation and navigation have all robbed children of the experiences they need to succeed, often in the name of excellence.
Why the messy play?
Developing senses through sensory activities are a component of Barefoot Kids. Children interpret and express almost exclusively through the physical body. Encouraging kids to not worry so much, letting the stress go about "keeping clean" while nurturing healthy absorption of imagination and fun. Cleaning up then becomes part of the fun, allowing them to feel they are getting to participate in something really special too!
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning.
Play is really the work of childhood. -Fred Rogers
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