Chinese New Year begins on February 10, 2013. It’s one of the most important holidays in the Chinese calendar. It lasts for 15 days and is cause for much celebration, and a feeling of renewal. Sharing the concept of Chinese New Year with day care children would open the door for some fun activities!
Many families will clean the house during the celebration, in order to sweep away bad fortune and welcome good luck into the home. Making cleaning a part of a . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Celebrating Chinese New Year at Day Care!
What is it about kids and water? They are deliriously happy playing in the neighborhood pool or a wading pool in the backyard. It seems like such a basic part of childhood, that it’s hard to imagine that an average of 390 children under the age of 15 die annually from drowning, and 75% of those are children under the age of 5 (http://www.poolsafely.gov/drowning-deaths-injuries/). If your daycare provider takes your child to a pool, has a pool in the backyard, or sets up a wading . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Daycare Pool Safety
One of the most frustrating things to both parents and their children is not being able to communicate properly. It takes children years to learn how to talk. As a parent you don’t have to wait years to learn to communicate with your child. How do you talk to those that can’t? Through sign language of course!
Sign language is something that your baby, even an infant can learn to use. It is comprised of basic motions and movements which are much easier for your baby to learn then a speaking language. . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Cyber Monday Deal on Baby Signing Time
It’s that time of year again. Time to start thinking about what to do with the holidays and what we want to do for those special people around us. As soon as your children are old enough to talk you can start to involve them in this wonderful season of giving. It is very important as a parent to start to teach your children the value of giving and doing special things for those people that we care for.
With the hectic schedule of the holidays its easy to overlook some of . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Black Friday Deals for Daycare Parents and Providers
It is always important to have a disaster plan, and it is even more important to know your daycare’s disaster plan. At Decide on Daycare, we will help you talk to your daycare provider to be sure they have a safe and effective disaster plan in place. More important is that you know what this disaster plan is and can help them with it.
Why have a disaster plan for daycare?
Natural disasters are few and far between but that doesn’t mean . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Daycare and Emergency Disasters
Time spent playing outdoors is very important for children of all ages. However, during extreme heat in the summer and cold in the winter, it can be unhealthy and possibly dangerous to send children to play outside. Here at www.decideondaycare.com, you’ll get some helpful parenting advise to make sure your child is safe and healthy.
It’s a good idea to check your daycare provider’s handbook regarding when a child goes outside to play, and what gear they need in order to be allowed to go outside. . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Winter Playtime at Day Care
With the start of the New Year it’s time to think about our taxes for last year. Decide on Day Care has some great child care tax tips for you to be sure you are prepared for this tax season. Day care can actually be a very good tax deduction but it is very important that you have all the right documents lined up and ready. Make sure to talk to your day care provider early to be sure that you’ll have all your documentation and . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Day Care Deductions for 2010 Taxes
Gifts for Day Care Providers
Your child’s day care center teachers, in-home childcare provider, or nanny, deserve recognition for the priceless service they provide. You want to give them a token of appreciation for their hard work, especially around the holidays, but what would be appropriate? Decide on Day Care is here to help!
Day Care Center Teachers
Your child may be in a room with several teachers. If you are strapped for cash, an appreciative note is very welcome. If you would . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Day Care Gifts for Birthdays and Holidays
When I first tried to find daycare for my children, I realized how difficult it was to keep track of my findings about each of the daycare providers, and it wasn’t easy to compare the different providers.
I learned so much information as I interviewed them over the phone. There were many questions I asked the daycare providers as I interviewed them on the phone: Does that daycare have a preschool curriculum? Did that daycare have any pets? What was the childcare provider’s discipline style? Were there any smokers . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Daycare Research Spreadsheet
When considering daycare for your child, it’s important to keep in mind what you want in daycare. You may find that in-home daycare is the best solution to meet your needs. These daycares range widely in the type of care they offer. Some are little more than a playroom in the basement or the kids are cooped up all day. Others are highly structured with daily itineraries that plot out what your child will be doing. Some include religious curriculum, and some often take . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Needs That Match an In-Home Daycare