Keeping Healthy and Safe: Smaller Group Sizes
Young children are attending programs that may have smaller groups or different groups. Adults can support them with simple explanations, visual supports, and practice.
- Provide a Simple Explanation
Use simple phrases, such as “Your group is smaller or different now so that people can have room to spread out. This helps us keep our germs to ourselves.”
- Use Visual Supports
Post individual pictures of all the children in a class or group.
- Set Them Up for Success
Support children who talk about friends who are no longer in their group. Encourage them to draw pictures for them or write letters to them.
- Provide Practice and Encouragement
Play name games to help children learn the names of everyone in the current group.
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- Child Care Center
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Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
- Infants and Toddlers (Birth To Age 3)
- Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)