With the busyness of life comes the lack of time, and the forgetfulness, to show love to our children. But, children really need their ‘love tank’ filled. They need to know, through actions and words, that they are loved (and thus safe, and secure). If they don’t get enough visible love, they suffer. Quite literally - it affects their mentality and behaviour a lot. So, how can parents show … [Read more...] about 5 significant ways to show children they are loved, and why it’s important
When kids are young, it’s easy to think that they’ll just naturally pick up language as life goes on. Or that they’ll learn to read when they enter kindergarten. However, these days, we know that literacy is crucial in the early years - even starting in the first months of life. This means a lot for parenting habits at home, as well as for the secondary caregivers in a child’s life. That includes … [Read more...] about Why is literacy is crucial in the early years? How can parents and preschools help with reading skills?
Children develop in various ways as they grow. Earlier, we wrote about cognitive development, and its milestones. However, brain function is also related to physical function. The physical functioning of a child can be indicative, in some cases, of how well they are developing cognitively. The normal, physical skills obtained by a child as they grow are, collectively, called motor development. … [Read more...] about What is normal gross motor development in early childhood, and why is it important?
If your child is not in infant daycare, chances are, you’ll be doing most of the potty training at home. And, this will need to be done before your child enters any daycare or preschool that starts at age 2.5 years. While we have an infant program at our Coquitlam daycare, our North Vancouver and Langley locations have pre-k child care programs that start in the toddler years (i.e. group daycare). … [Read more...] about Practical potty training tips for preschool readiness and group daycare requirements
In our articles and on our website, we sometimes mention that we are a “licensed” daycare in B.C. We also may talk about government resources for daycare, and qualifiers for these resources, which can depend on the type of child care involved. We discuss “preschool and daycare” a lot too. We also talk about “early childhood educators” at our “daycares.” But are all of these terms referring to … [Read more...] about Types of daycare in B.C. explained (plus legal vs licensed child care definitions)
Operating three daycares in the Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley area (Langley, Coquitlam and North Vancouver), we have our fair share of emergency preparedness training. Preparing a daycare or preschool for earthquakes is one of those emergencies we prepare for, and an important one in B.C., no less. We’ve learned a few things over the years about teaching little tots about earthquakes, and how … [Read more...] about Tips to prepare a daycare or preschool for earthquakes