Requirements for Children in Child Care Programs to Wear Shoes While Indoors

questionCan you please provide information on any requirements for children in child care programs to wear shoes while indoors? I have heard conflicting information on this issue and would like some clarification. Thank you.

answerIt’s not unusual for someone to interpret best practice as being something that is required by regulations, and that is probably what has happened in your question. You’ve heard conflicting information because some people think it is best practice to wear shoes indoors while some people see it the other way around. South Carolina has no laws or regulations requiring children to wear or not wear shoes while indoors. I took it one step further and checked with our Fire Marshal to see if the International Fire Code requires children to wear shoes. He verified for me that there would be no fire regulations requiring shoes to be worn or not worn indoors.

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