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How to Plan a Preschool Field Trip

Whether you are going to the zoo or just the playground across the street, here is how to plan for a safe and fun field trip adventure:

  1. Pre-visit the site to check suitability.
  2. Have each parent sign a permission slip.
  3. Recruit parents as volunteer chaperones.
  4. Assign each adult a small group, but make sure all groups stick together.
  5. Pair the children and remind them to tell an adult when they don't have a partner.
  6. Pin a name tag on the child's back that only includes the center/program name and phone number.
  7. Bring along a first aid kit.
  8. Bring along a cell phone or change for the pay phone.
  9. Bring along family emergency contact information.
  10. Do a head count each time you change location. From the center onto the bus, from the bus to the parking lot, etc.
  11. Schedule times for rests, bathroom or refreshment breaks.
  12. RGo slow, enjoy each exhibit, avoiding rushing to "see it all."

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