Sleep is a crucial part of everyone's life. But the importance of sleep in early childhood is invaluable. Children are exposed to a number of stimuli every day. Exercise, social involvement, education – they all fill up their developing brains with multitudes of information. Without sleep, the brain, which is constantly bombarded with an influx of new information, would wear itself out … [Read more...] about The importance of sleep in early childhood
Autism can be a scary word. It can be even scarier to imagine that any setback in development might mean your child is suffering. You may worry they’ll have a hard life due to a disorder like this. However, as parents it’s important that you know how to recognize signs of Autism in early childhood and what to do next. If you and your doctor catch it early, there is a higher chance of being able … [Read more...] about How to recognize signs of Autism in early childhood and what to do next
Play is a big part of childhood. So is imagination! In this article we thought we’d give you some ideas of imagination games you can play with toddlers and young kids. See our related article: 4 reasons to encourage play in early childhood years 1) The ‘magic socks’ imagination game We got this imagination game from watching an episode of Gilmore Girls (we admit it). In the show, Lorelai … [Read more...] about 5 Imagination games to play with toddlers and young kids
Affectionate touch is something we all need as humans. Even animals benefit from healthy touch. Plenty has been documented on the effect of bodily contact with newborn babies. However, the importance of human touch in early childhood with caregivers is not to be taken lightly. It can affect a lot of other health issues between parent and child. It’s not just about bonding with your child. In … [Read more...] about The importance of human touch in early childhood with caregivers
When you’re a parent looking for a daycare or early childhood program in your neighbourhood, you may come across a lot of terms, like, “Waldorf education.” There are different theories on education, and different programs available to match those theories. On top of that, there are programs with combined components of multiple theories. For example, at Rainforest Learning Centres, we develop … [Read more...] about What is Waldorf education and why does it matter when choosing a daycare?
As a daycare centre company in the Metro Vancouver region, we’ve seen a lot of kids go through our childcare and early learning programs. Some children are quiet, some are loud, some are active and some are timid and shy - no matter what the age. However, regardless of personality, all kids need to learn some basic life skills to get them through to the next stages of their life. This includes … [Read more...] about How to maintain attention span in young children: what we learn from daycare