Daycare spaces may all seem like typical child environmental spaces - colours, small furniture and toys are common elements. However, a profession exists that delves into the effectiveness of child play spaces - both indoor and outdoor. Decisions on daycare space design are not made arbitrarily. Consideration is put into layout, safety, beauty, acoustics, educational effectiveness and more. So … [Read more...] about What makes a good daycare space design?
When looking for a daycare or preschool for your child, you might hear a lot of terms that describe different programs for enrolment. And likely, you’ve heard of Montessori. Montessori is a popular teaching method that doesn’t only cover early childhood education years. It can go as far as high school. However, in this article, we’ll focus on the daycare and preschool aspects of Montessori … [Read more...] about What is a Montessori daycare or preschool, and are they better or worse than other programs?
We often think of story time as adults telling kids stories, or reading storybooks. But we probably less often think of story time as an opportunity for kids to be creative. There are benefits to kids telling their own stories, however. In this article, we’ll explain the pros of allowing kids to be the storyteller, and to make up their own stories to tell you, the adult. 1) Kids telling their … [Read more...] about 4 Benefits of kids telling their own stories
Did you know that music has been studied, and shown to have a significant impact on children and their learning? Specifically, it can affect a child’s brain development. So, while music may seem an unnecessary art form, or a skill that’s just ‘nice to have’ for some kids, it may be more than that. It may affect a child’s ability to comprehend educational subjects and communicative environments … [Read more...] about How music affects young children and their learning
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