How to Help Your Child Adapt to Daycare December 19, 2017

Leaving your child in the care of others cannot be easy. One of the best options here is to enroll your bundle of joy to a daycare center where they can play with same-aged kids. There will be professional carers in the facility as well to look after them on your behalf. But then again, it won’t be any easier for the kid, especially if they only spent time with you for the most part. It’s possible for them to develop separation anxiety, a disorder that occurs when they don’t see the person they’re strongly attached to. Find out how to help your child adapt to daycare below.

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The Need For Quality Daycare In America August 17, 2017



Many individuals do not understand the need for quality child care in America.  Mothers, fathers, single family homes, multi-generational homes, blended families, and many other types of families all have a need for quality child daycare.  Anyone who needs quality daycare understands the lack of child care in America.  However, if you are not in the position of having to find childcare, the options available may seem sufficient.  Here are some reasons why we need quality daycare and barriers to quality daycare in America.


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Common Signs Of A Poorly Run Childcare Facility August 13, 2017




Finding the right Childcare Center is a difficult task for every parent.  The task is especially difficult for first-time parents who have never been through the process before.  The task of looking for the right Childcare facility can be quickly overwhelming.  Parents experience a lot of stress and anxiety if the Childcare facility they are looking at is right for their child. Parents tend to worry if their children will be safe while they are at work.  Institutions are not spared from safety and security threat – read here. Here are some signs of a poorly run Childcare facility that will help parents to know when to run.

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Child Daycare: Is The Playground Right For Your Child July 28, 2017




Many parents do not understand the importance of checking the playground equipment at the childcare facility they are leaving their child at during the day.  Most accidents in a childcare setting usually happen during play time.  Children learn while they are playing.  There are many learning opportunities that take place on the playground.  Fine and Gross Motor Skills are both developed on the playground.  Social skills are developed as well.  This is one of the main areas that children can learn to interact with each other.  Children in daycare settings also tend to spend a lot of time outdoors when possible.  As you check out the facility, there are some things that you might want to check out regarding the playground.

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What To Look for In Childcare Staff July 27, 2017




The thought of leaving your children in the care of another person, especially to the one you don’t know, can be stressful and overwhelming.  You want to make sure that the people caring for your child every day have the compassion and qualifications necessary to care for your child.  With the media reporting so much negativity, it can be scary when you begin the search for a childcare facility for your children while you work.  The good news is that there are things parents can keep their eyes open to ensure the safety of their children while they are at work.  Here are some of the qualities to look for in childcare staff.

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Childcare Facilities: The Division Of Classrooms And Why It Matters July 26, 2017



Finding the right daycare facility is a complicated and frustrating task.  It is essential to know how the classrooms are divided.  There are many different things that a parent should look at when it comes to the division of classrooms.  It is important because the way a childcare classroom is divided has a direct impact on the quality of the childcare facility. 

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Options for Childcare: Nanny Vs. Relatives July 25, 2017



When searching for childcare options, parents tend to look at ways to keep their children at home first. From the time that a baby is born until they start Kindergarten, it is the only time that children are truly free of responsibility.  Many parents want them to spend these first years relaxed and learning fundamentals.  They want to allow their children to stay at home, if possible.  This is normal, especially with how the world is today.  By nature, children under the age of 6 are more vulnerable than children over the age of 6.  The most common options for childcare at home is to hire a nanny or have a relative to watch over them.

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Options for Child Day Care: Daycare Facility Vs. Home Daycare July 24, 2017

One of the biggest challenges parents face is finding proper child care for their children.  Anytime when a parent is considering to go back at work, there are some factors that should be considered.  One of the biggest ones is the scarcity of quality child care.  One of the best things that a parent can do for their children is to carefully consider all their options and make an informed decision about which child care option works best for them and their family.  Daycare is one of the most common options that parents choose.  Here is a comparison of the advantages and disadvantages for each.



Daycare Facility – Average Cost: $380 – $1564

A child daycare facility is a common choice for parents when it comes to finding care for their children during the day.  This is a facility where parents take their children for care.  The people caring for the children is usually someone outside the child’s immediate family.  Daycare facilities are ongoing services that provide childcare at certain times during the day.  There are many advantages and disadvantages to this option.

There are many good things about daycare facilities. First, they are more affordable than many other child care options.  They are also a reliable means of child care. You don’t have to worry that you won’t make it to work because your child care provider calls in sick or is unable to make it work.  They typically provide enough supervision for all the children present.  Kids also can socialize with other children in their age group.  Most Daycare staff are trained. Also, most facilities are licensed and regulated in some way.


Nothing is perfect. There are some disadvantages to consider regarding daycare facilities.  One of the biggest things to consider is that caregivers in a daycare facility are responsible for more than one child at a time.  Another consideration to make is that if you have an infant, it can be difficult to find the right facility.  Kids are almost more prone to illness in daycare settings. Aside from that, most facilities are close for the holidays.  There are also strict times for dropping off and picking up children.



Home Daycare – Average Cost $200 – $1000 Per Month (babies/toddlers) and $315- $956 Per Month (Preschool Age)

 Home Daycare is a daycare facility that is run in someone’s home.   Either it is run in their home or it is run in a place that resembles a home.  The bottom line is that home daycare is childcare that is provided in a home-like setting.  There are also advantages and disadvantages regarding home daycare.


Home daycare is provided in a homelike setting to make the child more comfortable.  The setting tends to be more nurturing than a facility.  There are also smaller groups than what is found at a facility.  Home daycare also tends to be less expensive than a facility.  Kids have the ability in most situations to socialize with others their age.  Home daycare tends to have drop-off and pick-up times that are more flexible.

There are also disadvantages to a home daycare.  If the childcare provider gets sick, there may not be a backup option available.  Home daycare is set up much like a regular daycare.  It is a group type care.  This means that kids are more likely to get sick.  There is also less supervision at a home daycare than in a facility and the licensing requirements are less strict.  It can be difficult to find daycare during the holidays because home daycares tend to be closed for the holidays.



Home Vs. Facility Daycare

In conclusion, each type of daycare has its ups and downs.  Each one has varying prices based on the facility and what it offers.  It is important to do your research and decide what each one can bring to you. You want to make the decision that is best for both you and your family.

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The Difference In A Daycare And A Preschool July 23, 2017

Searching for childcare options is a normal part of being a parent in the workforce.  The good news is that there are many options to choose from.  Many parents begin the search for the right childcare option by looking at relatives.  If relatives are unavailable, they begin to look for a facility that they can trust to take care of their children.  Parents often make the mistake of using the terms Daycare and Preschool interchangeably.  It is important to understand that when it comes to childcare facilities, Daycare and Preschool are not the same thing.  Here are some of the common differences in a Daycare and a Preschool.  It is important to note that these differences do not apply to all facilities. Each facility is unique by nature.  This is a generalized list to provide a general idea of common differences between the two.




One common difference in Daycares and Preschools are their hours of operation.  Daycare facilities tend to have longer hours because the goal is to provide childcare while parents are at work.  Preschool is aimed at ensuring children are ready to start Kindergarten.  For this reason, many preschools operate under the same hours as the school systems.  Preschools also often have stricter and shorter times for drop-offs and pick-ups than Daycares.



Daycares and preschools also tend to have different enrollment requirements.  Preschools tend to require more forms of documentation than daycares.  Typically, children that are enrolled in a preschool must be potty-trained, whereas that is not necessarily a requirement for daycare.  Children in a preschool must be old enough to function in a school-like setting, wherein daycares consider this as a non-issue.  Many preschools operate as part of a school system.  For this reason, enrollment typically involves the same forms as enrolling a child in public and/or private school.




Daycare facilities and preschools also typically have different qualifications that is required of their staff.  Preschool staff normally have some type of early childhood educational background or experience.  There is typically some type of certification or training involved.  Typically with Daycare facilities, anyone can apply and training is normally less intense.  However, daycares usually hire individuals with some type of background, certification, or training in early childhood development/education before other applicants.




The structure of a Daycare varies from what is found in a Preschool.  Daycares are typically less structured than a preschool.  They take younger children which mean that the ability to have a curriculum is less likely by nature.   While older children in a daycare may learn basics (colors, numbers, animals), they are less likely to learn the same level of things as to what children are learning in a preschool.  Preschools are normally more structured.  They are aimed to teach children what they need to know before they enter into the school system.  There is a higher level of structure with a preschool facility because these facilities are designed to get children ready for school.  They teach them the fundamentals that are needed to start and be successful in Kindergarten.  Preschools are often more structured and more curriculum-based than Daycare facilities.



The price of these facilities also differs.  Based on the option that is chosen, it is up for debate on which one is cheaper.  Typically, families can find Preschool options that are part of the public-school systems.  This has a lot to do with the emphasis put on early interventions for various learning disabilities in recent years.  You can also find Preschools that are extremely cheap based on educational purposes.  For example, many colleges have preschool programs where students design and run the classroom.  This is cheaper due to the fact that students are providing care while under the supervision of an instructor.  However, private preschools can be more expensive than a common daycare.  Daycares typically have more opportunities for subsidies than preschools.  Private preschools are also more expensive than daycares.

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What to Look for When Looking for a Childcare Facility July 22, 2017

Finding the right childcare facility is a difficult task.  It is overwhelming for parents to try and locate a facility where their children will be safe and well cared for at an affordable price.  No matter what is the age of the child, it is critical that you find childcare where your child is safe and comfortable.  Here are some things that you can look for when checking out a childcare facility.




Before you sign your child up for childcare, you want to drive by the location.  The best time to visit is in the evening hours.  Think about the way you would examine the property if you were looking to purchase it.  This is the same lens you want to use now.  Make sure that your car is parked somewhere that childcare staff won’t pay attention to it.  This is so that you can get the full picture.  Walk around the area and listen to the sounds.  Listen to the neighborhood.  Look at the conditions of the neighborhood.  The area surrounding the daycare will give you a good idea of the daycare itself.


What are You Looking For?

If you are looking for a facility or looking for a home based childcare provider, there are some things that you would want to look for.  When looking at an at-home provider, pay attention to the driveway.  If the driveway is crowded, it could indicate that there are many individuals that your child is going to be exposed to.  You also want to find out exactly how many individuals live in the home.  No matter what you are looking at, pay attention to the conditions of the facility.  Pay attention to your gut reaction after your first impression.  If you feel uncomfortable with the area or the neighborhood, you should maybe reconsider.  If the provider is in a sketchy neighborhood, find out what extra safety provisions are in place.  In general, it is important to find out how the provider safeguards your child while your child is in their care.  Make a list of everything that is important to you.




You also want to decide what type of curriculum you are looking for.  Do you want somewhere that works on skills and development with your child or do you want a babysitter?  Do you want structure or would you rather have your child with more free time during the day to play?  You need to know what type of curriculum that you are looking for and discuss this with the staff.  A good provider is not going to lie to you.  They will be upfront and honest about what they do and do not provide.  It may be a good idea to put items on your list from most important to least important.  Finding a childcare provider that can meet everything on your list is going to be unlikely.  It is important that the most important things on your list, at least, are met.  Put the things you are not willing to compromise at the top.




Finally, pay attention to the atmosphere when checking out a place.  Look at the interactions between the staff and the children.  Are the staff hands on?  Are they assisting the children when it is needed?  Are they paying attention?  Are they warm and nurturing toward the children?  How are they interacting with you?  Do you feel confident that they are being honest?  Is this a place that you feel comfortable leaving your child every day?  The most important thing you can do is to trust your gut instinct.

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