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
The idea of parenting styles is fairly new. It started with just four or five. Some were more strict than others. Some more loose than others. Some more applauded than others. These days, modern parenting is taking on new forms of these so-called ‘styles.’ People are labelling themselves as “gentle parents,” “conscious parents,” or “tiger moms” and “elephant moms” (or some other animal … [Read more...] about What is a balanced parenting style for toddlers and preschool-aged children? Here are 3 answers.
When we think of the word, “daycare,” it’s often assumed this means child care for infants, toddlers or preschoolers, who have not yet entered grade school, and need to be watched for the day while their parent(s) work. This is very true. However, it leaves out the consideration of another big group of kids who still need daycare - the older ones! School-aged kids get out of school around 3 … [Read more...] about 4 Benefits of before and after school care programs for kids
When teaching preschoolers to read, there are multiple methods that can be used. The more popular one that is advocated for, and probably the one you learned by, is called phonics. That is, learning to ‘blend’ letter sounds to create complete words. This is opposed to the method of sight reading, which is based more on memorizing whole words at a time. We discussed the pros and cons of these … [Read more...] about 5 Simple ways to teach preschoolers phonics basics
Kids start learning to read at multiple ages, and at different paces. However, most would agree that learning letter names and phonics as early as possible is advised. You’ll notice children are like ‘sponges’ at this age - they seem to pick up new information easily, and excitedly, too. The sooner they learn reading principles, the more likely they’ll be ready for school when it’s time to enter … [Read more...] about What is the best way to teach word recognition to early childhood readers?