Choosing Great Child Care

What Your Child Should Always Have At After School Care

Posted by on February 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Your Child Should Always Have At After School Care

If you have a younger child who you send to after school care, you need to be sure that he or she has everything that he or she needs to enjoy the few hours before you come to pick him or her up. One way to make sure that your child has everything that he or she needs is to create an after school care kit that he or she keeps in his or her backpack at all times.  1. Extra Pencils, Erasers, and a Cheap, Plastic Calculator Your life is going to be far simpler if you can just pick up your child from school, take him or her home, and make dinner for him or her without worrying about whether or not he or she has done his or her homework. You don’t want to be in the middle of constructing lasagna and constantly feel like you have to go up to your child’s room to make sure that he or she is actually doing his or her homework and not playing video games. To make sure that your child never has an excuse to not do homework, be sure that his or her after school kit is equipped with extra pencils, erasers, and a cheap, plastic calculator. Get your child into the habit of doing his or her homework during after school care by rewarding a week of homework completed in after school care with a trip to the ice cream parlor on Friday. 2. A Phone With Preloaded Contacts If you have a younger child, he or she might not be ready for a smartphone yet. He or she probably does not have the self-control needed to not play games or watch videos on the phone all the time instead of socializing or doing work. However, you do want to be certain that your child has a way to contact people if he or she should feel sick at after school care and needs to leave early. Ask a few people if they would be willing to pick up your child on very rare occasions should he or she become ill and you can’t pick them up. Then, preload these people’s numbers into your child’s phone along with your own number. Have your child call you first if he or she is feeling sick to see if you can pick him or her up. Then, have him or her call the other contacts if you are unavailable. 3. A Key Finally, be sure that your child has a key to his or her house in the bag in order to make sure that, should he or she feel ill at after school care, a neighbor can take him or her to your house where he or she will feel the most comfortable. For more information, talk to your after school care providers (like Child Care by ABC Day Nursery of...

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Speaking With Your Child’s Daycare Instructor About A Concern? Helpful Tips To Get The Conversation Started

Posted by on January 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Speaking With Your Child’s Daycare Instructor About A Concern? Helpful Tips To Get The Conversation Started

Parents of children who attend daycare should play a very hands-on role in their child’s experience. When an issue or question comes up concerning your child’s experience, resolving the problem becomes the main goal. Speaking with your child’s daycare provider or instructor is generally the best way to accomplish this goal. Whether it’s fear of being offensive or misunderstood, for some parents, this communication presents an uncomfortable situation. Remember It’s A Judgment-Free Zone Make sure you understand that any communication you have with your child’s instructor is taking place within a judgment-free zone. Some parents believe that by addressing their concern, the instructor might think less of them as a parent or even consider the conversation to be trivial. This is simply not the case. Childcare providers don’t just have special skills and training that equip them to meet the needs of children, but they also have the best interest of children at heart and have a true passion for children. Whether you have a question about your child’s academic progresses or need helpful toilet training tips, a provider can present you with help without you having to feel as though you are being judged. Never be too ashamed to address something with the provider; anything you want to address is important. Be Concise Be concise when addressing concerns. Most often, the daycare provider will be unaware of the issue unless you bring it to their attention. When you aren’t concise this is unfair to the child because it doesn’t provide the provider with a clear guideline for your child’s needs. Take a daycare curriculum that incorporates educational videos, occasionally, for example. For one parent, this poses a problem because they want their child to avoid all forms of television, including educational programs. In this case, it wouldn’t be wise to simply say to the provider that you don’t like your child to watch television much. Instead, it would be more effective to say that you don’t want your child watching these programs and state why. This way, the instructor could more readily meet the child’s needs and pre-plan a learning activity during this period for your child to engage in. The more concise you are, the easier it is to plan a solution. Remember, both you and the daycare provider are working towards the same goal – helping the child excel. Speaking with a provider should never be an uncomfortable experience; after all, they are here to help. For a local day care, contact a company such as Big Adventures Day...

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