Choosing a childcare facility will undoubtedly have an impact upon your child, either as a benefit or detriment to future academic and interpersonal success. Different providers vary in their professional values and teaching techniques. Finding the best match for your young child’s developing personality and their learning style can be the key to a positive or negative childcare experience. This blog will explore how the choice of a child care facility can impact your infant’s development.
Learn what the teacher to child ratio is when choosing a provider
Determining the staff to infant ratio at a child care facility is essential. Having too few personnel for the oversight of babies or toddlers can be stressful for parents, the staff, and most importantly the infants who can feel abandoned. Too many babies sequestered in one area inevitably leads to teachers being distracted and potentially a danger for the other young children. Simply keeping an infant fed and dry does not equal quality care or healthy development. Babies need positive interactions with teachers to facilitate beneficial physical and emotional development.
Learn more about the programs offered
A “drop off and play” facility is more of a babysitting service as opposed to a true developmental learning center. Most of these providers will not focus on education or learning, which can be problematic as your child enters preschool and finds themselves behind academically. While these learning experiences at an early age may seem insignificant, they are essential for preparing children for the rigors of preschool and increasingly intensive learning later in life.
The caliber and professionalism of teachers and administrative staff is important
It is essential when choosing a provider that the staff is qualified. The more experienced the staff and the higher their level of credentialing or qualifications, the better off your child will be. Do not hesitate to ask direct questions to administrators to determine if they hire “just anyone” or a true professional with appropriate training.
The child care team at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mason, Ohio, invites you to visit our child-friendly facility and meet our qualified teachers . Come and learn why we are the most popular infant childcare facility in this area. Contact us today for more information.Show Less
Making the transition from being at home to spending the day at a preschool can be quite a difficult period for both parent and child. There are a few things you can do to prepare yourself and your toddler for the challenges that lie ahead. Below, we will take a closer look at some of the ways you can prepare your toddler for the early weeks of a preschool experience:
Start working on a routine early
Prepare yourself and your child for preschool by working on the routine you will be going through when your child begins attending. Start each day by getting yourself and your child ready as if you are heading off to school with your child. You can take it one step further by actually driving over to your chosen learning center. As you drive by the center point it out to your preschooler and say: “Look, that’s where you will be going next week! That’s your school!”
Teach your child about the power of organization
Preschool will require a lot more organization from your child than he or she has been used to at home. Obtain different colored baskets for the bedroom. Begin to teach your child to place certain objects into a certain colored basket. For example, use a green basket for Legos, a red basket for toy cars and a blue basket for dirty clothes. This exercise will help your child prepare for the organizational demands that preschool will present.
If your child becomes restless or uneasy about having to leave your company for most of the day, provide him or her with assurances that you will be back at the end of the day. Create a goodbye routine, such as a high five or a hug and a kiss.Show Less
Monitoring your child’s developmental progress is important. Prudent observation can lead to parents discovering developmental delays early on, allowing more time to tackle any underlying issues. By dealing with developmental issues at an early age, parents can seek professional help to rectify the issue. In this piece we will take a brief look at a few important developmental milestones in your growing daycare aged child.
Once your child reaches the age of three months he or she should be able to raise their head and chest if placed on their stomach. Your child will also begin to monitor faces more closely while smiling at the sound of your voice. Your child will also begin to lay the foundation of social skills by enjoying playtime with other people as well as imitating movements and facial expressions.
By now your infant should be much more mobile, crawling around by pulling with the arms and pushing with the legs. He or she should be able to pull up into a standing position and walk around by holding on to furniture. He or she should also start saying a few first words while trying to imitate the words which you are saying.
Your child should be able to walk around unassisted and also be able to stand on tiptoes and begin to run. He or she will begin to use very basic three to five word sentences as well as being able to follow basic instructions. Your child will start to enjoy the company of other children through interaction at school or at home.Show Less
Infants need a safe, loving, supportive environment in which to flourish, learn new skills and develop. Parents should research and choose the best preschool atmosphere for their infant. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mason we provide excellent learning programs as well as the opportunity to be surrounded by loving teachers. Our comprehensive Brain Waves™ curriculum will maximize a child’s learning ability. This program meets all your child’s developmental needs from six weeks to five years. An excellent program for both infants and toddlers, it offers specific age-appropriate activities, in a supportive environment, that will encourage brain development.
At Kids ’R’ Kids of Mason, we understand that a safe, secure environment is necessary for the growth and development of your child’s brain. Weekly lesson plans provide activities designed to establish skills necessary to accomplish developmental milestones. Our extensive Infant-Toddler Sign Language Program is known to eliminate frustration for a child who has yet to form a verbal vocabulary. This program introduces age-appropriate language skills for non-verbal communication.
Our Infant Program includes various aspects that are focused on helping your toddler to achieve these developmentally important milestones:
- Social - emotional
Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Mason believes in balancing fun with fitness, and learning with laughter. The youngest children at our Learning Academy are well on their way to a lifetime of learning, and benefiting from our special Infant-Toddler Program. Communicating, crawling, creating and exploring emphasizes the meaning behind developing the whole child. We provide a state-of-the-art learning environment and a dedicated professional staff. Your child will receive all the guidance, love and necessary one-on-one attention to accomplish full mental potential. Our Learning Academy is a place of love, growth and discovery.
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It is widely accepted that the first five years of a child’s life are the most important with regards to brain development and growth. Many parents are not sure when their child might be ready to attend preschool, or if he or she should attend preschool at all. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mason, we are experts in preschool education and can help you understand the importance of preschool as well as determine when your child is ready to attend.
Is there a right age to enroll your child in preschool? The answer is no.
Preschool education is not age-based
A child learns based on their environment, and each child will progress at his or her own pace. Some children will learn basic abilities and skills sooner than others and much of this depends on the parents’ involvement.
From the age of two years, your child could be ready for preschool, while another child might not be ready for another year. What is important to consider are the social and mental abilities of your child.
Here are some of the factors to help you determine if your child is ready for preschool:
Is your child becoming independent?
Has he or she spent any time away from you?
Can your child work independently?
Can he or she participate in group activities?
Does your child have a regular schedule?
Is his or her physical health good?
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mason, we offer your child the best in preschool education due to our AdvancED accredited preschool program and our exclusive Brain Waves curriculum. Our preschool teaches your child in a loving, safe and comfortable environment in which he or she will also have fun and be engaged. Contact us today to find out how we can help prepare your child for preschool.Show Less
The first five years of your child’s life is a time of development and learning where your child’s brain evolves from a collection of billions of unconnected brain cells into the complex structure he or she will carry into adulthood. In order to boost this brain development and to maximize your child’s mental capacity, you must provide the right stimulation which actively supports the formation of neural synapses. Here are some activities you can try at home:
- Bonding activities: Bonding activities, whether play time, bath time or simply cuddling with your infant, create love and trust that are essential to learning. Put some time aside each day to simply relax and be with your child in an environment where you can have fun and play.
- Story time: Reading to your infant helps improve language and reading skills as well as memory. Engage your child in a book by pointing out pictures, repeating words and, if your child is older, asking them questions regarding what the story is about.
- Building blocks: Brightly colored, age-appropriate blocks are a great way for your child to learn about the relationships between objects and how to build structures. Show your child how different blocks fit together and can be made into interesting shapes.
- What is this? Encouraging exploration helps your child learn about new things while encouraging curiosity. Ask your child “what is this?” and point to something distinct while naming the object. Even pre-verbal children will quickly start to recognize different words associated with different objects. This game helps build language and memory skills. You can combine this activity with a trip to Pine Hill Lake Park, where you can walk along relaxing paved pathways, exploring interesting plants, flowers and animals together.
If you are looking for more than a day care, a facility that offers the best start for your child, consider Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mason. Unlike traditional day care facilities, we offer the exclusive, scientifically developed Brain Waves Curriculum. This is a program that targets optimal brain development in children between the ages of six weeks and five years. Our dedicated staff provides your child with plenty of love and hugs while guiding him or her through fun activities that optimize the development of healthy neural connections.
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Prior to choosing a child care center, it is wise to obtain as much information as possible. At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Mason, we understand the difficulties in making the best decision for your child. For your convenience we have compiled a list of important questions that you can ask.
- What is the caregiver to child ratio?
During these vital formative years, your child needs a lot of positive one-on-one interaction with nurturing adults. Professional infant child care centers usually provide at least one adult to every four infants. During a tour, observe how the staff interacts with the children. You should see genuine care for the children displayed through the teachers' interactions.
- Is the facility accredited?
Facilities accredited by a recognized national organization such as AdvancED have voluntarily met and exceeded standards higher than most state licensing requirements.
- Are the caregivers qualified?
Inquire aboutthe qualifications and training for all staff members who will be in contact with your child to ensure they are in safe, experienced hands. Professional caregivers, expertly trained in child care will assist each child in achieving developmental milestones. They provide the best possible care to keep a child safe and nurtured.
- What activities will the children be involved in?
As early as 6 weeks old, staff members will engage each child in a structured routine of activities throughout the day. At Kids 'R' Kids of Mason, activities that coordinate with each child's developmental stage will be structured in a safe, stimulating environment in which to grow and explore the world.
At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Mason, our highly qualified staff members implement the exclusive Brain Waves™ Curriculum for children between 6 weeks and beyond giving a child the best advantage in life! Designed to be a fun, nurturing learning experience, your child's time with us will be fully supervised. Each child will have the opportunity to achieve optimal brain development, while creating the foundations for a bright academic and social future.Show Less