|Re: Child care in cohousing||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David L. Mandel (75407.2361compuserve.com)|
|Date: Wed, 3 May 95 03:37 CDT|
Our children's play room is pretty large, about 15 x 30 is my guess. Child care is strictly informal; the room belongs to kids 10 and under, who often use it on their own with minimal supervision before and after meals and at other times. We never had the idea of it being set up for commercial use; I have no idea whether it would meet code for that. The biggest problem (surprise!) is clean-up; the little monsters often forget the concept, parents get uptight and stressed with each other. It's gotten a lot better lately since the kids met and decided that a useful step would be to remove 90 percent of the toys that were hardly being used anyway. A lot of these were members' unwanted crap "donated" when we moved in. So we "recycled" most of what they said they could live without, putting a few things we couldn't part with (my old Brio wooden trains I've had since age 3) in storage. These kids are geniuses, really. By contrast, the only children's room I've seen that's used for commercial child care was at Nyland, near Boulder. It looked gorgeous, but if I understood correctly on my quick tour, it is typically unavailable to the resident children when they would most want to use it, partly because it needs to be kept so neat and partly because its location was too far from the adult dining room. We also have a teen room, only slightly smaller, upstairs in the common house. It's been underused and also not kept up very well. A plan to paint murals on the walls recently transmogrified into a lot of fairly ugly graffiti that the teens have said they'll paint over. We have received the teens' permission on occasion to use the room for other things, such as a Sunday morning class (twice that I know of) and a massage night once every couple months. The latest talk is that we may set up a neighborhood radio station in the room. I hope you find this helpful. David Mandel, Southside Park Cohousing, Sacramento
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