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Daycare & Preschool Supplies You May Need

daycare-crayon-scatterWhether your child will be attending a daycare center or an in-home childcare provider, you will need to furnish some initial supplies.

You’ll need to provide at least one set of clothes. It’s a good idea to give your provider one “summer” outfit and one “winter” outfit, and an extra pair of shoes. Make sure the clothes can be stored with the daycare provider or at the preschool until they’re needed, and that you won’t miss them if you don’t get them back for awhile (or at all) . Kids are . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Daycare & Preschool Supplies You May Need

Help Your Child Adjust to Daycare

Sometimes kids need some help adjusting to daycare. Or maybe they need some confidence in going to preschool or daycare. Their routines are their lives and it can be hard to get them used to something out of their routine. If your child needs a little help you might want to try getting them a book of their own about daycare. It can help them learn about how fun daycare or preschool can be.

Try this book out at Barnes & Nobel: I Love . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Help Your Child Adjust to Daycare

The First Week at an In-Home Daycare

daycare_sidewalk_artThe first week in an in-home daycare will be a very important week for you, your child and the provider you chose. You’ll have to get used to how each other handles the daily routine. Make sure that you’ve talked to your child about the upcoming changes in their routine and the exciting new daycare they are about to attend. This can be a difficult time for everyone as they adjust to this new change. Just remember to take it one day a time, . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: The First Week at an In-Home Daycare

The First Week in a Daycare Center

daycare-center-classroomThe first week a new daycare center is going to be an important one. It is important to do your best to do it right, prepare your child correctly, and work with the daycare center to make sure this transition goes as smooth as absolutely possible. This first week may well end up shaping you and your child’s overall experience with this daycare center. You don’t want your child to dislike the daycare center or have to fight them every time you drop them off. Remember to . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: The First Week in a Daycare Center

Nanny Orientation

daycare_kids_bubblesAfter you’ve hired your new nanny, gotten the terms of employment and work agreement squared away, and prepared your home for a live-in nanny, it’s time for her to start work. Giving her some time to get oriented is very important. Many bad experiences between nannies and employers could have been avoided if the nanny had been given a thorough orientation. Allow a half day to a full day for a live-out nanny and two days for a live-in nanny for orientation. The orientation should include:

Giving her a key to the . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Nanny Orientation

Warning Signs in Daycare or Preschool

childcare_artOnce your child is enrolled in a home daycare, daycare center, or preschool, you need to be aware of the provider and the children. If the provider always seems unhappy, exhausted and overwhelmed at the end of the day, you might want to ask her about it.

Relationships between daycare providers and parents aren’t always the most comfortable. Sometimes they can get downright frosty. Oftentimes this is because the provider and the parent have different ideas about childcare. Hopefully it is something that can be resolved. . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Warning Signs in Daycare or Preschool