3 Daily Routine Patterns Your Child Can Count On

Adults usually structure their lives around routine. Knowing what time your shift, doctor’s appointment, or party starts helps you plan how much sleep you get and how you prioritize your time throughout the day. This is perhaps because adults have grown accustomed to a routine during their school years and see the benefit of it.

Likewise, children thrive when they have a regular routine. As Dr. Laura Markham says, “Children, like the rest of us, handle change best if it is expected and occurs in the context of a familiar routine. A predictable routine allows children to feel safe, and to develop a sense of mastery in handling their lives.”

One of the best ways to help your child establish a routine is by enrolling them in a quality preschool program. Here are three regular patterns your child can count on at Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool:

Meal Time

Children who snack all day struggle to focus on what they are learning. Scheduled meal and snack times help children focus all their energy on one activity at a time. Plus, it cuts back on snacking throughout the day, which improves their health.

Play Time

Uninterrupted playtime is vital at this young age! Children can devote themselves to imaginative play with age-appropriate toys, dress-up, or games.

Learning Time

While this may look different for each age, we stress the importance of age-appropriate learning time in every classroom. Whether that is reading to babies, sensory toys for toddlers, or a preschool curriculum, you and your child can count on our teachers for age-appropriate education.

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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Advantages of Preschool Relationships

Every day your preschooler grows exponentially. They’re learning letters and numbers, can remember every line from their favorite movie, can ride a bike or scooter, and make handmade cards.

Children grow in these areas when they are given opportunities and gently challenged. They solidify their learning experiences by applying new skills in different scenarios. For instance, your child may know their ABCs in their favorite book at home, but seeing letters in a new font in a library book is exciting, challenging, and helps them apply their new skills.

Social skills are equally as important. Children need various social settings to play, problem solve, and grow in their social skills. Daycare and preschool are one of the best settings to accomplish this!

Foster Empathy

An age-appropriate milestone is empathy–the ability to feel how someone else feels. Empathy is challenging for many children. It can be hard to correctly interpret facial expressions, body language, tone, and words, and then have compassion towards their friend. Children who have extra practice are more likely to be empathetic.

Encourage Flexibility

Every relationship needs flexibility! Children must learn to problem-solve, resolve conflict, share, and compromise. Preschool relationships can help children learn to find the best solution for everyone, a skill that benefits them long past preschool.

Practice Essential Social Skills

Forming new relationships can be awkward and scary! But with ample opportunities, children can learn how to introduce themselves, ask questions, apologize, and play by the rules. These foundational skills are crucial not just for kindergarten, but for their whole life.

 

 

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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Quality Daycare and Future Success

Quality Daycare and Future Success

Every parent wants what’s best for their child. What better way to give your child a happy life than by setting them up for future success?

Our society highly values academic success and achievement. Generally speaking, those who receive a higher level of education go on to live happier, more successful lives. Meaningful careers are easier to attain and they are able to provide for themselves and their families.

Is there a way to jumpstart academic success?

In fact, there is!

A study from readynation.org revealed that “children enrolled in high-quality early childhood programs are 80% more likely to attend college and earn 33% higher salaries.”

Even infants can benefit from daycare! FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that infants enrolled in high-quality childcare were four times more likely to earn a college degree. Not to mention, when infants are enrolled in daycare, they reap the benefits of years of early education. This puts them far ahead of children not enrolled in daycare.

Children enrolled in daycare have the structure they need to thrive. They learn valuable skills that will help them succeed in schools, such as a daily routine and developing positive peer and teacher relationships. Not to mention the foundational academics like the alphabet, numbers, problem-solving, sequencing, patterns, and so much more.

Your child is also exposed to books, music, and art that will expand their world and foster creativity.

 

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 Consistent Routines

Daycare Encourages Autonomy and Independence

There are pros and cons to any childcare situation. For instance, parents who stay home with their children have control over their child’s daily routine. However, it’s also easy to let routines slide and children do whatever they want, whenever they want.

Additionally, while it can be a wonderful thing for children to be around their parents all day, this isn’t going to benefit them in the long run. Whether we like it or not, children grow up and are off to their first day of kindergarten, then getting their driver’s license, and off to college and beyond.

It’s good for children to foster autonomy and independence, which will benefit them as they take baby steps towards adulthood.

When a child stays home with their parents, they may be delayed in learning key skills, such as motor planning and perseverance, because they have quick access to their parent. The child may also have limited exposure to interests, books, and peer relationships.

On the other hand, daycare and preschool programs create a safe and controlled space where children have the freedom to develop interests, skills, friendships, and academic achievements. They learn to do things for themselves and to help others. They learn who they are as people and how they fit in with their classmates.

Finally, children have an established routine. This gives them the structure to maximize their learning and growth.

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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Looking to the Future: Should I Enroll My Child in Daycare?

We all want what’s best for our children, and it can be easy to succumb to our parental instinct to keep our children beside us forever.

But the truth is, babies don’t keep. In fact, they grow up faster than we may like. Before we know it, they’re off to their first day of kindergarten and the adventures beyond.

It’s our parental responsibility to look to our child’s future and create an environment that will propel them to live a successful and happy life.

One of the best ways to accomplish this is by enrolling your child in a daycare or preschool program. And here are a few reasons why:

Your Child Learns Structure and Routine

There’s a reason many pediatricians and parent Facebook groups recommend putting babies on a schedule. Children have an innate need for structure and thrive on a routine. Structure and routine give your child stability so they can learn and grow.

If your child’s first exposure to routine is kindergarten, they (and you!) are likely in for a bumpy ride. But enrolling your child in a daycare or preschool program allows them to accommodate to a routine and understand expectations. When these foundational pieces are in place, your child is free to enjoy kindergarten.

Your Child Learns Social Skills

Even if your child has excellent play skills with a sibling or playmate, kindergarten opens a new world with lots of new friends. If your child is used to playing with only a handful of friends, they don’t have well-rounded social skills. This may hinder their experience in kindergarten–and it’s something that can be avoided by practicing social skills at preschool.

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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Financial Assistance for Childcare

There’s no sense beating around the bush: childcare is expensive.

In some ways, the expense of childcare can help you weed out options that are not suitable for your child. For instance, if a nanny charges less than the average rate, this isn’t necessarily a good thing. Cheap childcare services can put your child at risk for neglect or abuse because the price is favorable to the parents. Above all else, children should be in protected environments where they can be safe to learn and grow.

Thus, it should be a good thing that childcare costs a reasonable price. It indicates that the business has attracted responsible, educated employees who will care for the children in their classrooms.

However, that doesn’t diminish the fact that childcare can be expensive. Luckily, there are several financial assistance programs that can offset the cost of quality childcare.

  • Dependent Care Account: Some employers offer a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) where you can set aside up to $5,000 to be tax-free.
  • State Funds: The federal government has programs for each state that assist families with childcare for children under the age of 13.
  • Child Tax Credit: While this isn’t direct funds for childcare, you can put your child tax credit refunds towards daycare costs.
  • Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP): This program for the state of Kentucky helps qualifying families get financial assistance for childcare costs.

With one or more of these financial assistance options, quality childcare is affordable for all!

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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