The Summer Setback

Some call it the summer slide, summer learning loss or the summer setback, these are all terms commonly used to refer to the learning loss some students may experience during the long summer months, kids can typically lose up to three months of academic progress they made throughout the school year. Research shows that by…

The Picky Eater

A short while ago I wrote a focus article on the picky reader. This time around we’ll take a look at the picky eater and what you can do to encourage your child or children at the centre to try new foods. There are many reasons young children may not attempt to try new foods…

Makerspaces

Makerspaces are places designed for the purpose of innovation and creation. Easily accessible to all with no shortage of tools, equipment, and resources to make something new. Makerspaces provide the opportunity for everyone to engage in hands-on creative activities otherwise not taught in a traditional educational setting. Project ideas can vary and will often focus…

Take It Outside!

By now we’re all very aware of the many advantages of getting our kids to spend more time in the great outdoors. Maybe you read about it in a research article or heard it over the news, the message is clear, outdoor play aides in the healthy development of the whole child. Today we’re also…

Creating Invitations to Play

When we create invitations to play, we’re setting the ‘scene’, we present open-ended resources for children to discover, explore, manipulate and investigate, we allow them to be the director of their own play experiences. Creating these invitations to play is neither an expensive or difficult task and with some planning can easily be adapted for…

Connecting the Community, Family and School

Families and children stand to benefit the most from a partnership like this, gaining access to much needed support, education and services within their community. So how can we successfully connect these three in order to create a learning environment that is conducive to the individual needs of each child whilst supporting the family unit….

Making The Transition To Daycare

For some the transition to daycare is never an easy one, it can be tough on everyone, both the parents and child. Everyone might be experiencing just a bit of seperation anxiety right about now. Work together with the staff at your child’s centre to create a plan that works best for you and your…

Starting A Blog For Your Centre

A simple blog can be a highly effective tool when used as part of your marketing strategy, it builds that sense of trust amongst your readership, it shows parents the expertise and professionalism amongst staff and your ability and willingness to stay current within the field. Whether it be leaving a comment, gaining a new…

Upcycling Paint Chips

During the summer months I love to freshen things up around the house and that sometimes means a coat of fresh paint!  When you’re all done choosing colours don’t throw out the paint chips, upcycle them! You can teach anything from math to literacy skills and the arts. Need more paint chips? It’s easy to…

Choosing Quality Childcare

No one ever said choosing childcare was a simple task. It’s one of the most important decisions you’ll make and for many parents this means weeks maybe even months of researching and planning ahead. Recommendations from friends and/or family members is a starting point. Determine your family’s needs; will you need full-time or part-time care?…