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3 Things To Ask Potential Childcare Locations That You Are Considering For Your Child

When you are calling and visiting different childcare locations for your child, your main goal is likely to find the best place for your child. In order to do this, it is important to ask the caretakers at the child care locations several questions. These questions help you to get a feel for what the child care facility is like, and will either let you know that this is the place for your child, or it isn’t. This article will discuss 3 things to ask potential childcare locations that you are considering for your child: What Is The Child To Adult Ratio? According to the national regulations, a certain number of adults is required for a certain amount of children. The number of caregivers required does differ depending on age though. For example, 1 caregiver is required per 3 infants under the age of 6 weeks and 1 caregiver is required per 8 children who are 4 years old. There is also a maximum number of children allowed for the different ages, so this regulation must be followed as well. When you visit this facility you can ask the caretakers to make sure that they are following these regulations. This will give you confidence that your child will be getting the attention that they need while they are at daycare.  What Qualifications Do The Caregivers Have? It is also important that you ask the caregivers what qualifications they have. Generally they should have attended a childcare course, and some locations even require the childcare workers to have a degree in child care. As an added qualification, child care workers also need to be certified in CPR. When asking the child care workers what qualifications they have, you can also have them show you the certificates of completion for each qualification. This will leave you feeling confident that the child care workers are skilled enough to successfully care for your child.  Are They Accredited Nationally? If the child care location that you are considering is accredited nationally, this means that they meet the highest level of child care requirements. To become accredited nationally, the child care location will be reviewed and then told whether or not they meet these requirements. If they do not, the child care workers will go through different training courses until they are able to meet all qualifications to become nationally accredited. You can ask the child care […]

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Opening a Daycare? A Suggested Daily Schedule

Are you thinking about offering child care services? If so, one of the most crucial things you can do to make your daycare a success is to create a routine. Children thrive on routine; when they know what to expect, they feel comfortable and feel secure. Creating a schedule will help to ensure that each day will move smoothly and will keep everyone happy—including you. Not sure what type of routine will work for the children you are going to be caring for? Here’s a sample outline of daily events that will work well with young children of various ages; specifically ages 1 through 7. Do note that this schedule is just a suggestion; modify it accordingly to meet your specific needs. Sample Daycare Schedule Arrival—When children arrive at your facility, greet them in a friendly manner and direct their attention to activities that they can do on their own. For example, set out age-appropriate toys that kids can play with on their own and with other children. You could also set out activities that older kids can do on their own, like playing with clay, puzzles or coloring.  Circle Time—Once all children have arrived and have had a chance to settle in, invite them to circle time. During circle time, you and the children will sit together, sing songs, share stories, discuss the weather and any special activities/events that may be happening during the day. This is also the ideal time to provide a whole-group lesson. For instance, if you’re going to be doing an art activity that involves tearing paper, explain the activity during circle time and show children how to tear pieces of paper. Group Activity—Together, you and the children can do an activity. For instance, you could create the art project that you informed them about during circle time, take a nature walk or explore science through magnet play, water play, etc. Bathroom Break/Snack Time—After completing a group activity, take a bathroom break and give children a snack. Outside Play—Give children the opportunity to get outside, breathe in fresh air and get their energy out. Bathroom Break/Lunch—After being outside, take a bathroom break, wash hands and serve lunch. Nap/Quiet Time—Set out cots or sleeping mats for those who take naps. For those who don’t take naps, offer them quite activities, like looking at books or coloring. Snack—Another snack time can take place after nap/quiet time. Self-Directed […]

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4 Signs That A Vision Problem Is Impairing Your Child’s Learning

If your child is in elementary school and you suspect that vision related problems may be impairing their learning, you may be wondering how you can positively identify the signs that your child has a problem. Here are some common signs that you can look out for if you are concerned that your child may be having vision problems that are affecting learning. If your child is experiencing at least three of the issues listed below then it is a good idea to have their eyes tested by an elementary school health or eye care professional. Blinking Too Often Children who are suffering from visual problems often blink very often in an attempt to try and see better. If you notice that your child tends to blink a lot when reading or in other everyday situations then this is one sign that there may be a problem. Excessive blinking may also be accompanied by a lot of eye rubbing. Difficulty Reading If your child has a tendency to lose their place while reading and has a difficult time finding where they left off then it is reasonable for you to suspect that your child may be having vision problems. A child whose vision is impaired may also use a finger to guide them while they read words off a page. Your child may also start omitting or repeating words while reading if they are having visual problems. Placing Books Close To The Face If your child has a tendency to put their head close to the book they are reading they may be having difficulty seeing the words. A child with visual impairments may also put their head very close to the book when they are writing on a page. Hand-Eye Coordination Problems If your child has difficulty writing on a page with lines then this may be a sign that they have vision problems. Writing below or above the lines in a notebook is often an indicator that your child is having trouble with hand-eye coordination. Difficulty tying shoelaces, stacking blocks or coloring within the lines are also signs that your child has hand-eye co-ordination problems. Most of the signs listed above require that you become more aware of the actions of your child on a daily basis. Being observant is very important, since Identifying the signs that your child is having vision problems that are affecting their learning […]

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