A lot of thought goes into room design, furniture, storage and anything else in a daycare center. Children’s health and safety are always considerations, along with creating an environment that encourages learning. A children’s picnic table in your daycare can do all those things and more, making it the perfect fit for your furniture needs.
1) A Children’s Picnic Table Can Improve Safety and Health
Safety is always a top priority for daycare centers. A children’s picnic table will contribute to the overall safety of the eating area because it is easier for children to sit on the seats and reach the table. Seats are at the child’s height, so they don’t have to climb, reducing the chance of falls. You also won’t have to worry about booster seats for toddlers, so there’s no chance for accidents caused by booster seats and seatbelts that aren’t used correctly. Making it easy for children to seat themselves can reduce opportunities for inappropriate behavior that causes injuries.
Any place with children is going to have germs and keeping things clean is always a necessity. We all know you can’t get rid of germs entirely, but plastic tables and chairs will definitely help reduce them. Plastic is non-porous so germs can’t hide. They can be cleaned off quickly and easily. Some children’s picnic tables can be folded or easily moved so floors, and other surfaces in the room can be cleaned, reducing and the spread of germs even further and discouraging pests.
2) A Picnic Table is Easy to Use
Teaching independence is important for young children; it’s a necessity for teachers with full classrooms. Having a children’s picnic table means even young toddlers will be able to get seated on their own, and kids feel great when they can do it themselves. Teachers won’t have to spend extra time making sure everyone is where they need to be or seating children more than once.
A children’s picnic table looks more inviting and less intimidating to a toddler than adult sized tables and chairs, encouraging even reluctant children to get and stay seated. For children this age, having a good example for appropriate behavior is important, and often contagious. If you start off with a couple of toddlers that get the routine and seat themselves, others will learn quickly and follow.
3) Picnic Tables Are Versatile
A children’s picnic table can also be a great choice for areas that have to be used for more than just eating or where space is an issue. The size and shape of a children’s picnic table can allow more efficient use of space, providing more seating than adult sized tables and chairs. The seating and table arrangement works for many different kinds of activities. Since tables can be cleaned easily, they can make a great addition to an art room or classroom too.
4) Children’s Picnic Tables are Budget and Eco-Friendly
Child-sized tables and chairs often cost less than adult sized ones. They are typically smaller, and plastic is inexpensive compared to other materials. Recycled plastic furniture for children is sturdy, so it is less likely to break and won’t need to be replaced often.
For many organizations purchasing items made from recycled materials is part of company environmental goals. Items like picnic tables and benches are easy to find made from recycled plastic. Sturdy furniture that lasts will reduce landfill waste and help conserve resources.
Having the correct furniture in your daycare center makes things easier on teachers and children. Contact Waste Wise Products today for more information about our children’s picnic tables.