How To Prepare Your Toddler for Daycare

Your toddler’s first day of daycare is coming up soon, and you want to make the transition as smoothly as possible. How do you prepare your child to be away from you during the day and help them have fun? Here are some expert tips.

Visit Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool

We welcome visits from new children and their parents. These short visits allow your toddler to their room, meet their teacher, and observe new playmates. Some toddlers are more shy than others; if your child is prone to shyness, feel free to have them visit more than once, so they see the same faces.

Make Routine Changes

Contact our office to learn more about the toddler’s daily routine and implement little changes at home. For instance, wean your child off a morning snack by feeding them a bigger breakfast to help them be satisfied until lunchtime.

Transition With a Half-Week

Many toddlers need at least one (or sometimes two) part-time weeks at daycare before transitioning to a full-time week. Giving your child a day or two at home with you will help ease anxiety and stir excitement for the next time they go to daycare.

Bring a Toy From Home

Your child is welcome to bring a loved toy from home, but it’s best if the toy can be easily washed or sanitized. A special toy gives a sense of security to children feeling lonely or anxious. However, you may soon find that your toddler loves their classroom and can come to Children’s Academy without it.

 

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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How To Prepare Your Baby For Daycare

How To Prepare Your Baby For Daycare

It’s hard to believe that six weeks ago, your precious angel was still cozy in its mother’s belly. The past month has been a roller coaster of emotions–both high and low–as well as adjusting to a new needy person in your life. There has been plenty to treasure, and plenty to look forward to.

Whether you’re ready or not, it’s time to get back to work. Some parents are ready to hand off their child and clock back in. Others have a much harder time being away from their little one–and perhaps, their baby has a hard time, too. How can you both prepare to be separated during the day? Here are a few tips.

For Baby

Every baby is different. Some babies won’t be bothered by the change in their routine, while others may be upset at first. Some ways to help a baby transition include:

  • Use the same soother. For instance, use the same soft blanket, pacifier, or snuggie when calming your baby, and then bring those to daycare.
  • Be consistent with the baby’s food. If the baby is breastfed, don’t send formula to daycare. If the baby has formula, don’t change brands.

For Parents

If you’re nervous about leaving your baby, here are some ways to calm your nerves and prepare for the transition.

  • It’s okay to be sad, but sadness won’t last forever. Transitions are hard, but there is stability and joy on the other side of transition.
  • Spend a few hours away from your baby before they start daycare.
  • Asks questions and share your routine with the nursery worker.

Our nursery teachers are fantastic! They will help you feel comfortable leaving your child and will provide the best care while you are away.

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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Can I Still Enroll My Child in Preschool?

There’s a lot that happens in summertime: vacations, summer bucket lists, playdates, pool days, trips to the zoo, and so much more. But before you know it, the school season has emerged, whether we like it or not!

For some of us with young children, summer is so busy that when the calendar turns to August, we realize we haven’t taken the necessary steps to enroll our children in their age-appropriate school activities. You may be wondering: Can I still enroll my child in preschool?

At Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool, the answer is yes! While we have designated enrollment times, we always accept new children. Our age groups include:

  • Infants
  • Toddlers
  • Early Preschool
  • Preschool
  • School-age

Here at Children’s Academy, we focus on six main elements in our preschool program:

  • Communication – Our learning environment helps children feel confident to express themselves and grow in their communication skills.
  • Social and Emotional – We encourage children to have an attitude of kindness, cooperation, courtesy, and helpfulness.
  • Physical – Children develop age-appropriate gross and fine motor skills, as well as coordination and confidence.
  • Expressive Arts – We love to let children explore and express themselves using various art mediums.
  • Literacy – All our classrooms encourage literacy through reading, and our preschool program helps children develop letter and sound recognition and writing.
  • Mathematics – Preschool children learn their numbers and basic addition and subtraction skills.

If you’d like to look around before applying to Children’s Academy, take our virtual tour! Otherwise, contact us today!

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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Does Daycare Prepare My Child For School?

Another summer has flown by, and now it’s time to look forward to the fall.

Back-to-school savings are front and center in grocery stores and first-day of school photos are flooding every social media page. Even if you don’t have school-aged children yet, the back-to-school season gets every parent thinking: how can I best prepare my child for school?

One of the best ways to prepare your child for school is by enrolling them in a quality daycare or preschool program. This is true for every aged child, even infants! Just ways daycare or preschool prepares your child for school include:

  • Social Skills – Children need lots of practice making friends, problem-solving, and being respectful to their teachers. Daycare and preschool give your child ample opportunity to practice these skills, which makes the transition to school easier. Your child will quickly make friends and interact with their teacher.
  • Routine – Schools have a very strict routine. Children who are used to doing whatever they want whenever they want to do it have a hard time transitioning to school. Daycare and preschool routines help your child thrive in a school routine.
  • Academic Acceleration – In our quality daycare and preschool programs, we teach letters, numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and so much more! Your child will be ahead of the curve when they walk into their first day of kindergarten.

Even though the school year is starting, it’s never too late to enroll your child in a daycare or preschool program! We accept applicants at any time of the year. But don’t wait–apply today!

 

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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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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