From 2022, Inglewood Primary School will give kindergarten students and preschoolers the option of going barefoot throughout the school day.
The practice was touted as a tool to help improve a child’s “posture, foot strength and proprioception”.
Shoes will now be optional for kindie and pre-school students at a WA primary school from next year. Picture: Getty Images
The school’s deputy principle, Jo Hart, announced the new policy in a newsletter published last month in which she identified “supporting children’s agency” as a key focus for the semester.
“One area of pedagogical improvement identified for 2022, has been to provide kindergarten and pre-primary children with the option of removing their shoes during the school day,” she wrote.
Parents were also provided with an article explaining the practice which listed some of the benefits attached to going barefoot.
These included developing a bodily awareness, strengthening the feet and body, improving safety and providing a “direct connection to our natural environment.”
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The article stressed the need to help children develop their own agency, which was defined as “being able to make choices and decisions to influence events and to have an impact on one’s world”, according to the Early Years Learning Framework.
The school further explained it held the belief children needed “opportunities” to explore both indoor and outdoor environments barefoot.
“Going barefoot is beneficial to children as it nourishes, strengthens, and promotes agility in a child’s growing feet, ankles, legs, knees, and hips,” it said.
“Walking without shoes also stimulates the senses in a different way and can be especially helpful for children with additional needs, such as sensory processing problems.”

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