Thursday, February 22, 2007

Japanese Kindergartens

I have been teaching basic English (numbers, colours, names of animals) at many Japanese nurseries. At all of them, visitors have to remvoe their shoes. Slippers are always provided.

It is a great idea. Nurseries need to be hygienic places for children, and having a no-outdoor shoes rule must help a lot. I once worked as an administrative assistent at a nursery and it was not always as clean as might be desired.


Redeemed said...

Shoes off at the door is key to keeping nurseries clean. Most churches (including mine) have that rule.

Japanese children are adorable. They look like perfect little dolls!

Richyrich said...

Actually I was recently doing searches on the topic of "shoes off policies" on the Internet amd I came across a number of inspection reports for nurseries in the U.K. where it was reported that the children there had to take off their shoes when they came in. And even better, it seemed to think that it was a good thing. If more and more children are now conditioned into removing their shoes inside houses, maybe it'll become a lifelong habit for them and that when their generation comes of age, we shall finally see a great cultural shift in favour of shhoe removal in the U.K. (and possibly in the rest of the Western world as well)

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Sarah, it may be the norm in Canada, but not in the UK.

Japanese children might look like dolls, but they can make a lot of noise!

Richyrich, I am aware that some nurseries in the UK require shoes-off from children, and soemtimes parents and visitors, but I do not think it is the norm. Perhaps that will change.

God Bless


Dawn said...

We will be putting in new flooring in our home in the near future and I think I will adopt a shoes-off-at-the-door policy. :-)

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Excellent idea, Dawn. Good for you.