When you run a daycare or preschool, being cooped up inside all the time can get boring. Sometimes, it’s nice to ‘shake things up’ a bit, by going on an outing with the kids. You can even incorporate them with hands-on-learning activities, if you’re covering a topical unit. As long as you have enough adults per child (whether child care workers, or parent volunteers), many local businesses are … [Read more...] about 11 Preschool field trip ideas and lesson topics to go with them
As adults, we may love it if little ones in our care - whether at home or at preschool - would be responsible for themselves, and always do the right thing. In an ideal world, they would always pick up their toys, clean up after themselves, wash their hands after going to the bathroom, put their shoes and jackets on, and be ready to go out the door on our adult timelines. And they would eat their … [Read more...] about How to teach toddlers and preschoolers to be responsible in an age-appropriate way
We all want our children to grow into proper, independent and successful adults, right? A huge part of that is money management. And, learning to manage money comes with a host of lessons about life. When applied with wisdom and foresight, choices about money can determine the type of lifestyle that one gets to live. While we don’t want to put the weight of the world on the shoulders of our young … [Read more...] about 8 Ideas to teach preschoolers about money management and why it’s important
There’s been some buzz on media lately, talking about the way our kids are just too busy these days. As parents, we want the best for our kids, so we fill their day with anti-boredom activities and learning opportunities. Swim class, soccer, dance, playdates - and the list goes on. But what happened to the days when mom and dad expected kids to entertain themselves? Where are the balls to kick … [Read more...] about 3 Top benefits of downtime for kids and why they need it
Learning how to parent can be hard. How do you know if you’re making the right choices? And, should you feel guilty about your parenting choices? How do other parents do it? Are your kids ‘normal,’ or are you doing something wrong? All of these are questions that can be answered, believe it or not. There are not only support groups for parents who can relate to what you’re going there. There are … [Read more...] about Free parenting classes and learning resources for Vancouver-area residents
An early childhood educator is an accredited profession in B.C. That means that a person who works in childcare or as a preschool teacher must be certified, and approved by the government to do so. There aren’t a lot of professions that come with so much oversight. So, it would be far from the truth to believe that a daycare provider is ‘just’ watching kids. In fact, early childhood educators … [Read more...] about What does an early childhood educator do at work?