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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As with most holidays, school will use Grandparents Day as a special activity for the class. This can be especially true of preschool, where there is as much focus on social activity and every day life as there is on learning the functionalities of reading, writing, and arithmetic. However, with so many different holidays to plan activities and crafts for, you may be out of ideas for Grandparents Day. Have no fear; there is always something new and different to try.
If your preschool has a high level of parental involvement, you may have your preschoolers create family trees. While these don’t have to be long and detailed, they can trace the immediate family and the grandparents. It can also be made creative, actually drawing a tree with branches that reach to each family member.
You can also have your students create Grandparents Day “gift bags”. Make the bag as much a part of the gift as what it contains by having your students color paper lunch bags. Then, fill it with a hand-crafted greeting card for the holiday and perhaps things like a colored picture or a couple of pieces of candy.
One fun idea, if you have the time and patience, is to have the children put on a show. They could act out a scene depicting children showing respect and thanks to the elderly or even sing to their grandparents. Having these respected members of society visit the classroom could be a very special event and could make the elderly feel useful. At the same time, perhaps the children’s grandparents could visit and tell stories from their youth, read books, or even just answer questions about the “olden days”.
With signed permission slips, you may plan a field trip to a nursing home, where the children can greet the lonely elderly and wish them a happy Grandparents Day at a time when there is no one else to bring such a pleasant message to their lives.
Or, you could simply plan an arts and crafts activity that will create a cute gift for the childrens’ grandparents on this special holiday.
by Nicola Kennedy
Toddler birthday party ideas are one of the most fun events that you will handle, since your child during his toddler years is at the most imaginative and the options for transforming his special day into something even more magical is great during this time of his life. Here are the ten most popular themes that you can choose from:
Fairy – Nothing beat making a fairy out of your toddler. Bring in the colorful fairy wings from the toy store and the magical wands and add some glitter and pink around the house to make an easily enchanting birthday party for your child.
Cowboy – with a little brown ruffles, a toy lasso, and a rodeo hat you can begin your toddler’s party set in the land of wild horses and handsome little cowboys. Watch as they ride their steeds across the living room, and be prepared with a good snack afterwards.
Elf – few things spell magic as well as an elf themed birthday party. With the funny green shoes with pointy tip and a few magic spells, your little elves can begin digging for gold that you have hidden around the house.
Chocolate – one of the most delicious toddler birthday party ideas is to make a chocolate party where the kids can hunt for their favorite chocolate pieces around the house, and dip their favorite fruits and breads in a chocolate fountain.
Water – add some fun in your toddler’s summer birthday with a water party by the kid’s pool or simply an inflatable backyard pool. Bring in the water guns as well for some water games – just be sure to keep the snacks dry and covered.
Trampoline – another classic toddler birthday idea is the use of trampolines. Being the little energy balls that toddlers tend to be, put them in a trampoline and let them bounce to their heart’s content. Be sure to take photographs of the kids in mid-air for giveaways and for the family album.
Pony – toddlers will adore ponies. If you can’t rent out a real one, then settle for a realistic toy pony. Today, there are many to choose from, and your kid will enjoy sitting on them all the same. Pop in a video on the television and watch some ponies in action to elicit ooohs and aaahs from the kids.
Farm – one of the best features of kids is the great joy that they can get from farm play. Your child and his friends can start running a farm with a little toy barn and some farm animal toys, or you can buy some costumes and your children can become the farm animals themselves.
Doll – because of the great imaginativeness that kids naturally possess, you can try a doll themed birthday party. Best of all, the doll house that you can use for the birthday party can already be the best gift that you give your child.
Cupcake – finally, one of the toddler birthday party ideas that you should try out is the cupcake party. Prepare the table with a bunch of cupcakes, cookie bits, taffy, icing, and let your toddlers create their own cupcake family. And after the decorating, the toddlers also have their snacks cut out for them.
The list for themes and toddler birthday party games is endless. All you need to do is to be creative and you’ll have that remarkable birthday party for your child.
by Dee Schrock
Daycare licensees and administrators must give special attention to preschool day care classroom layout before the beginning of each school year. The preschool classroom is the child’s first introduction to the world of education hence making a layout that will be attractive and enjoyable to the child will be very important. A good classroom layout could make the child’s introduction to education a fun learning experience or a nightmare that could have a lasting negative effect.
A good first impression of the school’s layout could help develop in a child a set of positive feelings and associations that will help carry them through in a lifetime of learning. In addition, the classroom must provide a worthwhile learning and playing experience that will help prevent a separation anxiety disorder on the children as they were left on the daycare center by their parents.
One fact that daycare licensees and administrators must always consider is that preschoolers are very active – they are always moving – so having a chaotic environment is always a possibility. Planning the classroom layout to prevent this chaotic environment is both a challenge and a necessity if they want to keep the interest of the children and at the same time guarantee their safety.
Child-sizing the Classroom
The common mistake of classroom designers is to make the layout from the point of view and the spatial requirements of an adult. While everything must not be scaled down to pint-size such as ceiling height and window sizes, almost everything in the classroom must be designed to the size of the children who will inhabit the area. Children will be very much uncomfortable and uneasy if the furniture in the classroom, as well as other amenities, will be adult-sized. It will also be quite dangerous for them trying to climb oversized chairs or getting something from adult-sized shelves.
Planning the classroom layout will require that the person who will do the design it must kneel in order to look at things on a child’s eye level. This will definitely change the planner’s concept of things to be incorporated into the classroom. The planner will be able to envision the right size of the chairs, tables, shelves, and everything that will be needed inside a preschool classroom.
Planning a preschool classroom will also need a clear understanding of space from the point of view of a child. While the distance from a table to the nearest toy shelf may be a few steps away when an adult is involved, the planner has to understand that it will require much more steps for the child. Arrangement of furniture must therefore be done from the perspective of a child and not that of an adult.
A tricky part in designing the classroom using a child’s perspective and size is how it will affect the teacher and other staff of the daycare center. While furniture arrangement will suit the needs of the children, the planner has to consider also that the teacher and other staff have to be moving around the classroom. If the staff will be moving around in the classroom whose furniture are designed for the size of the children, they could trip over some tables or chairs as they move about. There is a need to strike a balance between the needs of the children and the need of the staff especially on matters that involve spatial arrangement of things.
The classroom must be divided into the necessary sections as the various needs demand. Normally, a preschool classroom will need areas for art, blocks, manipulative activities, dramatic play, music, library, and science. There will be instances also that will require a writing area, usually close to the library section. An indoor playground could also be incorporated into the preschool classroom. The layout planner must see to it that an area is devoted for each of these purposes and that related activities must be placed close or near each other. For example, the play area must be adjacent or very close to the shelves where toys are kept.
Classroom division need not be uniform in size as different activities may require varied space requirements. Dramatic play areas are expected to be bigger in size than music area. Also, some kind of classroom activities may be noisier than others hence it will be necessary that these are assigned areas quite far from the area that will be assigned to quiet activities like the reading area. The music area must not be put very close to the dramatic area as the sound will interfere with the activities being undertaken in the dramatic area. Art and reading areas must be assigned to the quieter side of the classroom as these will need a lot of concentration on the part of the children and any noise or music could ruin their concentration.
It is important to clearly mark the boundaries of the different areas of the classroom. Divisions could be in the form of shelves or by putting color duct tape on the floor in order to delineate assigned activity areas.
The center of the classroom must be cleared of any furniture or large objects so it can be utilized as an assembly area of the students every time there is a need for them to be gathered together for an activity such as story-telling or show-and-tell. This area is also where students can form into a large circle when they need to be interacting with each other.
The walls of the preschool classroom may be utilized for different purposes such as decoration, show area of the children’s work, bulletin board, charts, and an attendance board with the pictures of each child enrolled in the particular class.
Sections of the classroom must be clearly identified usually by hanging signs that will show which area is to be used for a particular purpose. The children may not be able to read yet but they can be trained to recognize signs that will lead them to section where they must go for a particular activity.
It will indeed require a lot of creativity and imagination to make a layout of a preschool classroom but seeing the children enjoy and have fun will be worth all the efforts.
by John F Smith
The 6 Important Steps
There are many questions circulating these day’s on how to get grants to start up a small business or daycare. Unfortunately I’m here to tell you that if you are a non-profit daycare finding “free” money will be difficult. But don’t give up, just because the government is unwilling to supplement a business start ups cost doesn’t mean that it’s totally hopeless. It is your duty to be creative in coming up with the supplies that you will need to start up your business. In the home study course, http://www.instantdaycareprofits.com many of these issues are addressed. Realistically you can set up a very profitable business if you think a little differently from everyone else.
One tip is non-profit independent child care business owners can try a service called, “Foundation Grants to Individuals Online”. This service is an online listing offering grants to individuals in the U.S. To learn more you can go to http://www.fdncenter.org. There is a charge of $9.95 per month for this service.
Here are some important steps in finding childcare grant money:
1. Do your due diligence and research. Your first step should be calling your licensing bureau office, referral agency, and child care organizations. The other organizations that also should be called an are affiliated with childcare are: Head Start, Child Care and Development Fund, Social Services Block Grant, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Even Start, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
While these organizations are affiliated with childcare, you also may be able to find an organization that would be willing to grant you money. Keep into consideration backyard organizations such as: Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, and United Way.
Also, keep in mind corporations and businesses in your area. Many a time I will enter a business and ask them if they have anything they would like to contribute. One example would be going to a paper factory, stationary etc or any office that throws out paper. Remember, you need paper for your daycare and would be able to utilize what they consider trash.
2. After you have contacted the above mentioned organizations your next step would be to request their guidelines and applications. At this point and time necessary information should be collected to determine whether you and the funder are a good fit. One research tool that would help you in your determination would be Grant Smart ([http://www.grantsmart.com/search/search001.html])
3. Write a description of your need for money. You will have a discuss why you need the money and what your purpose will be for those funds. Other questions that you should be asking yourself is, why should the project be done?, how long will it take?, how much it will cost?, who will do the work?, and most of all, how will it impact the quality of childcare you will provide?
4. Prepare your proposal letter. Your letter will encompass and expand on why you need the grant funds, and what your purpose is behind it, and how it will benefit your program. Be sure to include any statistics and demographics that will influence your cause. Attach any letters of support from parents, people in the community advocating your project. As well, make sure that you have fine tuned any financial numbers or budget considerations for this project.
5. Be patient and organized. Make sure that all your papers are organized into folders; there will be a time that you will need to wait. Fund organizations do receive other proposals so be patient
by Christine Groth
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