The Week of the Young Child is April 16-20 this year. Each year, National Association for the Education of Young Children hosts the week to focus on young children and their early years of education. Each day has a focus to help you engage your students in the classroom. Read on for fun activities to host in your classroom throughout the week.
Some people think infants have it easy. They just eat and sleep, right? Well, if you’ve ever had an infant yourself, or have watched someone else’s baby for just a few hours, you might start to reconsider that thought. Babies take a lot of time, patience and love to take care of. With so much going on at every minute, being able to keep a journal of everything that happens is essential. Ultimately, this makes the challenging job of taking care of an infant a whole lot easier.
As a childcare facility administrator, the choices you make greatly affect the lives of infants and toddlers. The staff you choose will bond with the little guys and gals your facility cares for and is an important facet of helping the children learn and grow and showcasing your facility’s value to their parents.
As our world becomes more technologically advanced, the child care industry needs to also keep up with the latest technologies. Many technologies used in child care centers enrich early learning experiences for young children. Technology also increases the efficiency of day-to-day functions, helps keep kids safe and boosts parent engagement and satisfaction.
Child care and early education providers constantly struggle to balance the time they devote to delivering quality childcare care versus managerial tasks. The day to day running of a center can leave an administrator with very little time and energy to spend with children and staff. They need all the help they can get to make these tasks simpler and more efficient.
Diane has more than 20 years of experience in childcare facility administration. She starts her day by greeting parents and welcoming youngsters. But today a parent is ranting about how their bill arrived wrong again. Diane meets with the parent, reviews attendance sheets from the week and corrects the invoice. It’s 30 minutes of her day lost and fewer families she gets to greet.
As a childcare center administrator, you probably wish you could spend less time on administrative tasks and more time growing your business. What if you could show parents the value they are getting for their tuition with valuable metrics on what the kids learned? What if an invoice never went unpaid or incorrectly paid? What if automation for invoicing could give you back valuable time in your day and allow you to have flexible scheduling so your childcare’s schedule fit the schedule of your parents?
Everyone knows that at any age, a student learns at an increased rate and is more successful in school when their parent or caregiver is fully engaged in their educational experiences. Parents must be aware of the student’s growth, development, interests, assignments, as well as the teacher’s demands, preferences and interests. Teachers expect the information they give at school, to in some way, shape or form, make it back to the student’s house later that day. When this happens, the cycle of school work, learning, homework then new learning, can continue. Once this engagement fails, usually the student’s success rate is not far behind.
Kindergarten marks an important time in the lives of most children. It marks the years of budding independence, new experiences, and broadened horizons. These years provide the foundation of knowledge that supports them through the next ten or more years of their education and lives. These years are simultaneously when children may begin to struggle academically. More rigorous workloads, higher expectations, and definitive milestones may be the culprit. However, developmental delays are extremely important to catch as early as possible.
As many of you are already aware, all children development at different rates. Most of the time however, children stay within their developmental margins for their corresponding age. In rare occasions, a child may begin to develop at a slower rate than his/her peers, or even begin to regress, and lose skills they once had. During these times, a developmental delay is often the diagnosis.