Child Care – Daycare And Nutrition

In this article we’re going to discuss one of the most important parts of providing daycare for your child and that’s your child’s nutritional needs.

Out of sight, out of mind is a common philosophy among people. So if a parent ships his child off to daycare and doesn’t see what he’s eating or not eating then it’s okay. Certainly the daycare center is not going to let the child starve and the food the child is given to eat will certainly be good food. Right?

Well, not always. Unfortunately a daycare center’s food value is often dictated by its food budget. In most cases daycare centers are poorly funded. Most of the money goes to paying the workers themselves. Then there is the overhead. This leaves very little for food. As a matter of fact, many daycare centers have no food budget at all.

So, what is a parent to do?

For starters, you have to find out exactly what the center’s food budget is. They may not give you exact dollar amounts, as they may not even know this figure, but they should be able to tell you what foods they can and can’t get. This will give you a good idea of what part of your child’s nutrition will be taken care of by the center and what part you will have to take care of yourself.

That brings us to the next problem. Auckland Childcare centre do not allow food to be brought in from the outside. Many times this can be because of certain health codes that they have to enforce. In these cases only food that the centers are authorized to have will be allowed at the center. This is why knowing what the center will be feeding your child is so important.

What a parent really needs to know is exactly what good nutrition for their child is. Unfortunately not all parents are great roll models for good nutrition. Many people in this country (the United States) are either overweight or malnourished. Depending on these people to know what’s good for their child is like expecting a foot doctor to disarm a nuclear warhead. Probably not a good idea.

So the first thing the parent should do is consult with a nutritionist to design a diet for the child based on the child’s needs. After this is done, find out which of these foods, if any, the daycare center itself provides. If only some, or worse, none, then find out if you can provide the center with the food it needs to feed your child properly. If this is not allowed then maybe you need to rethink whether or not you want to send your child there.

Why such a fuss about nutrition? Simple. Plenty of studies have proven conclusively that a child’s progress and health are directly related to how well the child eats. So if you can’t be around to take care of your child and still want him to grow up healthy and strong, then make sure the daycare center is providing him with the food he needs to be healthy or find yourself another center. Your child’s health depends on it.

by Michael Russell

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Applique Crafts – Ideas For Decorating Projects For Children

If you are interested in applique crafts, then you’ll enjoy discovering some new ideas on how to incorporate them into your sewing projects.

The technique of applique lends itself particularly well to children’s sewing projects.

There are lots of ways that applique can be used to add both fun and style to your next sewing project.

One idea is to decorate clothing with appliqued designs. This type of applique is commonly known as wearable applique. Appliqueing on the front of a tea shirt or sweat shirt is a popular way to delight little ones. There are lots of designs suitable for this.

If you are a beginner, one thing to remember is that you may need to use a stabilizer such as light weight, fusible interfacing under your design. Appliqueing on a stretchy fabric can be a bit more challenging and the interfacing will prevent the design from moving and puckering.

Appliqueing designs onto bibs or singlets is also an idea that is quick, easy and inexpensive.

Another popular way to use applique is to incorporate applique designs into a quilt.

Children love this idea and it can be a wonderful way to make a quilt project more personal.

Adding favourite animals for example can be a novel way to make a gift even more special.

Personalizing a child’s towel with their name or motive is another great gift idea. So too is decorating a child’s pre school bag, library bag or pillow slip

Appliqued wall hangings are also a novel idea.

They are the perfect way to add that special handmade look to a child’s bedroom. Once again the possibilities are endless.

Applique can also be used to add special features to a handcrafted toy. Toy making has become popular again, as more and more people turn away from commercial, plastic toys. Making a special toy for a child can be one of the most rewarding things that you do. A gift that will be treasured for a long time to come.

There are many applique crafts to consider, the trick is to find one that appeals to you and to go for it!

by Lenna Green

What is Sensory Therapy and Why is it So Important For the Elderly and Disabled?

Sensory therapy is a type of therapy developed for the elderly and disabled. Some elderly and disabled people have one or more of their senses that are over or under sensitive to stimulation. This can cause difficulties in their everyday living.

Often people with autism experience the over-stimulation of one or more senses, which can make life very difficult and even overwhelming.

What is sensory therapy?

Sensory therapy can help people become more accustomed to their senses, which can help them perform everyday tasks with greater ease. It is categorized by the senses:

  • Olfactory (sense of smell)
  • Visual (sense of eyesight)
  • Auditory (sense of hearing)
  • Tactile (sense of touch)
  • Gustatory (sense of taste)

Sensory therapy also deals with:

  • Body awareness – a persons’ sense of physical self awareness
  • Balance – A persons’ sense of balance provided by the inner ear and brain

For the elderly

Generally the elderly experience ‘hypo-sensitivity’ – this means they may have trouble hearing, seeing, feeling, smelling and tasting; due to the dulling of their senses. Therefore the elderly usually need sensory therapy products that stimulate or ‘exercise’ the senses.

For people with autism

Studies of individuals with autism have shown us that autistic people can have different perceptions of their senses compared with people who are not autistic. Autistic people may experience ‘hyper-sensitivity’, which can make everyday experiences challenging and even unpleasant.

Sensory therapy can help autistic people learn to react to their senses more naturally by properly understanding and processing the information their senses are feeding their brain.

In your care home

For many elderly residents, verbal communication can be difficult and can lead to people becoming withdrawn. Sensory activities are one way of trying to engage with people who have withdrawn and can open up communication routes. Sensory products may also be useful for those who in later stages of life; who are being nursed in bed and who show little response to everyday stimulus.

Sensory stimulation for Alzheimer’s residents and people with other forms of dementia has been shown to decrease agitation and restlessness, as well as improve sleep. These symptoms are very common in most forms of dementia, and certainly in people with Alzheimer’s, so sensory stimulation translates as improved quality of life for the patient as well as for the caregiver.

by Chris J Boyle

Kids Birthday Party Games – Game Ideas and Activities For Park Parties

Kids birthday party games are often the life of a party. A lot of folks opt for a simple birthday party at a local park. The perks are big. Picnic shelters are often free or low cost and they can be reserved ahead of time for privacy. There’s also all that wide open space for children to burn off their energy and play games.

It only takes a little planning for great kids birthday party games at a park. Kids from 5 to 12 years old are the perfect age range for this type of theme.

Here are some tips for getting the most out of your day. Rent an outdoor shelter at a local park and plan for a whole day of games. Bring frisbees, baseballs, rockets and Nerf footballs and let the birthday kid invite about 20 of their friends and cousins to play. Far a park birthday, the more the merrier!

For decorations, purchase banners and balloons that have a sports theme and string them around the shelter. For easy food options lunch can be catered from the birthday kids favorite restaurant. Think barbecue, fast food, hamburgers. It doesn’t have to be pricey. Just place a to go order and have an adult go pick up the food.

For a birthday cake get creative with the theme. For a park party sports themes are popular. Consider cakes in the shape of a baseball park, baseball bat, baseball glove or any other sports theme. The kids will love it.

Also bring several coolers with lots of soda, Kool-Aid, juice and healthy snacks (apples, oranges, carrots and cheese) to give to the kids when they get hungry later in the day. Have several family members serve as referees to watch and participate in the various games and be sure that everyone is having a good time.

For kids who get tired or don’t want to participate in the games, it’s good to have some back-up “quiet time” activities. Some examples are have a family member show them how to create balloon animals, or have an adult bring a guitar and sing songs to keep everyone entertained.

Later in the day after the kids have burned through most of their “excitement energy”, schedule quieter kids birthday party games and activities. Play games like pin-the-tail on the donkey and musical chairs.

When the party is over, have small “treat bags” to hand out to everyone. The bags can stay with the sports theme, like baseball-themed cellophane bags purchased at a local party store, and inside is candy, Silly Putty and other trinkets.

There can be a few scraped knees and a couple of splinters at with kids birthday party games, so come prepared! Take care of them easily by bringing a first-aid kit (containing such items as Bactine, Band-Aids, tweezers and antibacterial gel) with you.

A kids birthday party games party at the park can be a blast on a very low budget. The children will love it and the parents will have fun too.

by Kelly Finn

What Are Child Care Centers and What Facilities Do They Provide?

Child care centers are a form of blessing for many parents around the world. These centers are so popular that children when they reach a certain age are then admitted to these centers. When these centers were established it was of great ease for parents who were working and feeding their family. Most families had both of the parents working on a job because living was not easy if single parent was earning.

These centers were established so that parents could leave their children at the centre and then go for their work without worrying about their children’s safety. These centers provide all sort of care and security for children, they have well trained and experienced staff which knows how to deal and look after children. They teach the children alphabets and numbers and other things which are necessary to learn before going to school.

It is not necessary to put your child in these centers not because both parents are working but it is necessary for the child to be prepared for entering school level. This centre does also help to build up the social level of potential of the child. Your child will tend to adjust easily when he reaches the age for going to school.

There are certain things you should check before opting for a child care centre as this is the matter of safety of your child. You should first search for a well known centre which you know is famous in your city. These types of centers are usually expensive and thus are not in the reach of the majority of the people. But there are many center’s which are famous and they do not tend to charge high amounts and are in easy reach of the majority.

You should check and short lists few centers and then go and check out the facilities they have to provide. You should check the teachers and staff and check their behavior towards the children present. The teachers and the staff should be friendly and be polite on them. This is an important factor because if the teachers and the staff are harsh on children then the child tends to hate them and ultimately would not want to or would not enjoy going to the centre.

These center’s should have ample place in the classroom so that each child gets appropriate attention and the class should not be over crowded. You have to check the environment of the place and should be kept cleaned and safe for children. The sanitary system of the place should be clean and should be in proper working order.

You should satisfy yourself completely from the place you choose and then decide on it firmly. Many centres have obtained proper licenses from state and are good at their work. The children are safe and all kept in proper attention and care. These centers try to ensure best possible means of education and care is provided to your child and keep you satisfied.

by Sandra Mitchell

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