4.9 Outdoor Play

Outdoor play spaces have been designed with the concept of “continuous” play in mind. A variety of challenging activities will stimulate creative and social play. The equipment and designated play areas will provide gross motor activity, which is very important to healthy growth and development. On days when weather or poor air quality will not permit outdoor activity, our multipurpose room will be converted to a gross motor play area. North Carolina Child Care law requires each child to play outside daily, unless there is active precipitation. 

Outdoor activity will be restricted when: 

  • Adverse weather conditions exist
  • Adverse Air Quality Conditions exist

The Air Quality Index (AQI) tracks five major air pollutants and reports them daily at: http://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.fcsummary&stateid=38 

Based on AQI reports, FEELC will adhere to the following guidelines: 


Code Orange – Outdoor activities will be limited to morning/early afternoon times of the day. 

Code Red – Outdoor activities will be limited to morning only. 


Code Yellow – Outdoor activities will be restricted. 

Code Orange – No outdoor activities permitted. 

Parents Please Note: Children that fall in a sensitive group should consult their health care professional and notify the FEELC Administration. 

For more information about the AQI Categories, please see Appendix IV.

Last updated: 1/26/2017