Keeping Healthy and Safe: Physical Distancing
Young children are learning to sit or stand six 6 feet apart from each other, when possible. Adults can support them with simple explanations, visual supports, and practice.
- Provide a Simple Explanation
Use simple phrases, such as: “Germs can hop from person to person, and we don’t want that! When we scoot far apart, we won’t share germs.”
- Use Visual Supports
Provide pictures of children having fun but standing far apart. Put tape or stickers on the floor to remind children to keep their distance.
- Set Them Up for Success
Mark available seats with colorful tape, carpet squares, or stickers. Allow distance between tables and cots.
- Provide Practice and Encouragement
Demonstrate new ways to show affection, such as air high fives, air hugs, silent cheers, and thumbs up.
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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)