How To Plan For Child Care Activities

by admin on March 22, 2009

In this piece we’re going to talk about child care amenities that go a little bit above and further than the least level of care.

There is an old saying that says, “Man does not live on bread alone.” That saying is also factual for children. While it’s good to be able to find a daycare center that will simply take care of your child and feed him, it’s pleasant to know that there are some centers out there, the better funded ones that give quite a few nice special activities. Naturally, for a center like this, the parent is going to have to pay a payment. This presents kind of a bizarre problem since most parents who send off their children to daycare do so for the reason that they either both have to work or are single parents and have no option in the subject. These people certainly don’t have the premium funds for such premium services.

But then there are those who are more well off and use daycare only during certain times of the year when they want to go on vacation to get away from it all. For these people their main fear is that their child is happy while they are away. Just being fed and watched isn’t going to do it for these kids or their parents. Fortunately, there are daycare centers with quite a few premium services to make the child’s stay there more than enjoyable.

One of the most admired things that these daycare centers do that doesn’t actually cost a whole lot of cash is to schedule field trips. These can also be to zoos, parks or even just playgrounds. Apart from of the trip, much planning is needed.

For starters, supervising a large number of children under open conditions like these requires extra workers and/or volunteers. This costs money as wages are the biggest part of a daycare center’s budget. Typically for a trip of this nature the daycare center will simply ballpark how much the trip is going to cost them and then pass on the bill to the various families who have children there. These people are more than happy to pay it in order to make sure their child has a superior time.

The next thing the center has to do in the case of these field trips is make sure that each child has lunch. Usually they will have a low cost food preparation service take care of this. The meals won’t be much, usually just a sandwich, dessert and beverage, but it will be sufficient to get the child through the day. A small snack is then usually provided later on such as graham crackers and milk. This is always a kids’ favourite.

Aside from field trips, centers will also have in house events. These will usually engage guests like magicians, singers or other types of performers. The day is planned out so that the child is adequately entertained through a good part of it, with time allocated for food and naps.

There are of course many other types of activities that many centers provide. Sure, the parents usually end up paying for them but in the long run they are more than worth it considering it’s for their child. And nothing is more significant than their child.

Fall Activities For the Preschool Classroom & Preschool Children

Schoolers are back to school and fall is here for most of us. What can we do as Parents, Early Childhood Educators and Home Care Providers?

Get the children in to a “school” like custom. This will help our children learn habit, and help to better equip them when they start grade school.

If you work at a day care odds are the center has a custom to work for them including scheduling for breaks, lunch breaks, etc. If you are at home or looking for a change to the daily schedule, here is a model idea.

Sample Schedule:

6:30-8:30 Parent drop off, free play, clean up (7:15-*bathroom routine)
8:30-9:00 Snack, clean-up, books and puzzles
9:00-10:00 Outside free play, and games
10:00-10:15 *Bathroom Routine
10:15-11:15 Circle time, Art, Sensory, Dramatic Play, Science, Blocks, etc, Clean up
11:15-11:30 Wash-up/*bathroom and sit for lunch
11:30-12:15 Lunch time, wash-up

12:15-2:15 Nap time and/or quiet time activities
2:15-3:30 Wake-up, *bathroom routine, clean up quiet activities, snack
3:30-4:30 Outside free play
4:30-5:30 free play, parent pick up

This timetable can be changed to what seems easiest for you and your group that is in your setting, but the main point here is that when these routines and schedules are followed closely everyday, children become familiar with routines and organization and will thus have an easier time when incoming grade school.

Even if you are a parent at home with only your own children, setting up your day is a great thing to do with your children as it will profit them in the same way.

Fun Food Tasting Ideas:
With fall approaching, some wonderful foods to talk about and taste are:

Apples (cut up and served with different dips with snack)

Apple Cider (Let the children experience it warm and cold)

Squash (can try at lunch)

Maple Syrup (take a class trip to see how it’s made, can have waffles and syrup for a snack, or try maple syrup cookies for a treat)

Creamy Soups (great lunch idea with side of garlic bread or sandwiches)

Sweet Potatoes (can try at lunch)

Cranberries (can try in cookies or plain)

Chili (great warm lunch idea with homemade biscuits)

Biscuits (can be made as a cooking activity and served with lunch)

Pumpkin/seeds (as a circle activity, cut top off and seed pumpkin, wash and roast seeds to show children the process, allow children to handle pulp as a unique sensory experience)

All these food and snack ideas are not only healthy to eat, they can also serve as a means to educate the children on the various types of foods they can enjoy.

See: How to start a daycare center

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