Daycare vs. Homecare: What’s the Difference?

Choosing a childcare option can be overwhelming. In the South Louisville area, there are many daycare and home childcare options to place your children. But what is the difference between daycare and home childcare?

What Is Daycare?

Daycares are usually larger businesses with classrooms divided by age, such as infant (0-12 months), toddler (12-24 months), two’s, three’s, pre-K, kindergarten, and school-aged children. 

Daycares in Kentucky have the following child-to-teacher ratios:

  • 6 weeks-12 months (5:1)
  • Toddlers (6:1)
  • 2 – 3 years (10:1)
  • 3 – 4 years (12:1)
  • 4 – 5 years (14:1)
  • 5 – 7 years (15:1)
  • 7 years and older (25:1) 

In addition to child-to-teacher ratios, the state of Kentucky caps the maximum classroom size:

  • Infants: 10
  • Toddlers: 12
  • Three’s: 20
  • Pre-K (3 and 4-year-olds): 24
  • Pre-K (4 and 5-year-olds): 28
  • School-age (5+ years old): 30 

What Is Home Childcare?

Home childcare is when a licensed childcare provider watches other children in their own home. This is a common way for stay-at-home parents to bring in extra income, as providers can care for related children (biological children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, or step-children) at the same time as other children. 

There are two categories for home childcare: small-family childcare homes and large-family childcare homes. 

Small-Family Childcare Homes

Childcare providers can have up to four related children and 4-6 unrelated children in the home. This means a maximum of ten children can be in the home at a time, but no more than four infants (under 12 months) can be present in the home at a time. 

Large-Family Childcare Homes

Large-family childcare homes can have 7-12 children at one time. The child-to-teacher ratios for this childcare option are:

  • 5:1 for under age 12 months
  • 6:1 for 1-2 years
  • 10:1 for 2-3 years
  • 12:1 for 3-4 years
  • 14:1 for 4-5 years
  • 15:1 for 5-7 years

While there’s a lot to consider when choosing childcare, we believe Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is a top option for South Louisville childcare. We strive to care for each child individually and help them reach their maximum potential. Contact us today for more information!

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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A Day in the Life at Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool

A Day in the Life at Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool

When your child is with you, you control how their day goes, from meals and naps to play dates and TV shows. This can empower many parents, especially those with Type A personalities.

When someone else is watching your child, it’s easy to wonder what occupies your child’s time. Are they learning? Getting physical activity? Making friends? Eating nutritious meals?

Here’s what your child experiences at Children’s Academy to ease your worry or curiosity.

Physical Activities 

At Children’s Academy, we know how important it is for your child to exercise. Gross motor development is key for a well-rounded life. Exercise can help overweight children resume an ideal weight, plus exercise releases endorphins, so your child is in a better mood when you pick them up. Physical exertion helps them sleep well at night.

We love to include gross motor activities at Children’s Academy! As much as possible, we let children play outside on our playground, where they can explore nature and challenge their physical capabilities. If the weather excludes outdoor playtime, our teachers can adapt the classroom to accommodate the physical activity. 

Meal Time

Many parents want nutritious meals for their children. At Children’s Academy, we care about the nutritional value of the meals and snacks we serve! 

We offer a variety of balanced meals following standard nutritional recommendations. Please speak with the director for accommodations if your child has any dietary restrictions or allergies. 

Quiet Time

While we provide physical activities, we know everyone needs some downtime! Some children naturally lean into individual or quiet play. Other children seem to have non-stop energy, but they need downtime just as much as introverted peers. 

Our classrooms offer a quiet area for reading or resting. In younger classrooms, cots are provided for nap time. Older children may color, draw, or craft during quiet time. 

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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Why Children’s Academy Is Top-Rated South Louisville Childcare

Why Children’s Academy Is Top-Rated South Louisville Childcare

You want the best childcare for your child–but there are many factors to choosing the right daycare.

When you’re looking for childcare, location is a top priority. Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is conveniently located off Dixie Highway between I-264 and I-265, making it easily accessible from either interstate. This means you’ll spend less time in the car and more time with your family!

But it’s not just our location that makes us a fantastic childcare option! Here’s what parents are saying about our outstanding staff:

“I love Children’s Academy they take time to teach your child things they need for school. All the staff is so nice and polite. My daughter is happy to go there and she loves all the activities they do. This is the first daycare and Preschool place that my daughter truly loves and the staff is great with my daughter. I don’t have to worry about anything while I’m at work I know she is in good hands!” –Shannon

“I absolutely love love love them! Every single person that works here is nice caring and loving. They love my son and I trust them. Which is hard to find in people. But not here. I’ve relocated my jobs and home just to keep my son here.” –Kristen

If you’re looking for childcare you can trust, look no further than Children’s Academy! We’re ready to welcome your child into our classroom.

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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Why Children’s Academy Is the Best South Louisville Daycare

There are dozens of daycares in the South Louisville area. How do you know which to choose?

We believe Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is the superior choice for South Louisville childcare, and here are three reasons why!

Location

Location is key when it comes to which daycare you choose. You want something that has quick access from the main highway, so you spend less time driving and more time with your family.

Children’s Academy is conveniently located off Dixie Highway between I-264 and I-265, making it easily accessible from either interstate. Children’s Academy is surrounded by grocery stores, restaurants, and retail stores, making your shopping needs easy to accomplish.

Caring Staff

You want your child to be treasured and cared for by their caregivers. We pride ourselves on our caring teachers who take the time to connect with the children in their care. Just hear what Sarah has to say!

“Our 2 year old daughter has been going here since she was 8 weeks old. We are absolutely pleased with the care and learning she gets. This place is also conveniently located near our home. The teachers and staff are helpful and friendly. Would definitely recommend this place.”

Curriculum

We love our curriculum–and so do our parents! We use Mother Goose Time for our two-year-old classroom and The Learning Box for our three, four, and five-year-old classrooms. Both curriculums are fantastic at teaching early learning concepts and social skills, so your child is ready for kindergarten.

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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Expressive Art for Children: The Benefits

Parents instinctively know the importance of art for their children. From the time they are born, children are surrounded by various colors, shapes, and artwork: a trendy nursery, a colorful play mat, light-up toys, mirrors, and more!

Children are drawn to colorful objects, books, and games. Children can outwardly express their creativity with paint, play-doh, coloring materials, stickers, and more as they grow.

But are there scientifically-proven benefits of early artistic expression and cultivation? Keep reading to learn three ways art aids in child development.

Development of Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills are essential for all of life: using utensils at mealtimes, buttoning shirts and using zippers, properly holding and manipulating a pencil for schoolwork, and so much more. One of the best ways to develop fine motor skills is through art.

Children initially use crayons, markers, and paintbrushes in broad and uncoordinated strokes. But the more exposure and practice children have, the faster they develop fine motor skills and coordination. Not only does this result in adorable artwork for your fridge, but it also gives your child an advantage in kindergarten.

Builds Autonomy

Every art teacher has can tell you about the diversity in children’s art. For instance, if children are to make a Christmas card for their parents, each child will have a completely unique interpretation and execution of the task.

This individual expression of artistic ability builds a child’s self-esteem and autonomy. Children learn to express their unique voices through art.

Builds Creativity

While this is the most obvious, it’s worth mentioning! The more exposure children have to various art forms, the more their confidence and creativity grow. But this is only possible when children are given the materials to experiment and grow their skills.

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer a robust art curriculum for your child, so they can grow their creativity, autonomy, and fine motor skills.

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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Benefits of Reading to Children

Benefits of Reading to Children

We instinctively know that reading to your child is good, but the benefits are worth elaborating on. Here are five benefits of reading to children.

Cognitive Development

Cognitive development is “the construction of thought processes, including remembering, problem-solving, and decision-making, from childhood through adolescence to adulthood.” Reading improves cognitive skills and supports cognitive development by helping children think through stories and assimilate new information.

Better Language Skills

Children are born with no understanding of language. Reading, even from infancy, helps children understand how language communicates with their world. Reading various books improves language acquisition, social skills, communication, and literacy skills.

Imagination and Creativity

Children love the stories in books. These can be a springboard into imaginative play and increased creativity. They may dress up like their favorite storybook character or draw a picture of the story. Reading helps your child develop a big imagination and bigger dreams.

Improves Academic Success

Academic success hinges on language assimilation. Studies show that the more language skills a child has at kindergarten, the greater their academic success. While this may sound like a lot of pressure, simply reading to your children covers phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension, phonemic awareness, and early reading skills.

It can be hard to prioritize reading to your child when you have so many other tasks vying for your time. Thankfully, our teachers take great delight in reading at Children’s Academy Childcare. Your child has access to quality literature and fun picture books that will spark their imagination, and improve their language skills so they’re ready for academic success.

 

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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