However, one childcare centre in WA is throwing caution to the wind in an attempt to cure the common cold.
Perth early learning centre, Little Learners has adopted an outdoor sleeping policy for its two to five year old attendees.
Yes, you heard us. The kids sleep outside among the elements – rain, (not quite) hail or shine.
Using tarpaulins, blankets and jumpers in drizzly winter conditions, and bucket hats and sunscreen in the summer heat, Little Learners believe exposing children to the elements during nap time can prevent a number of common cold and allergy symptoms.
Having tracked their attendance figures since the program’s introduction in March, Little Learners found less than one per cent of their 1,179 attendees were absent due to common colds and illnesses.
“We firmly believe that this statistic is a direct result of all of our children being outdoors more often and the older children sleeping outdoors more often, where they are able to breathe fresh air instead of being stuck inside with dry, recycled air that acts as an incubator which can allow the flu, virus and common colds to easily spread among the children,” a press release on the childcare centre’s website reads.