Child care is the process of caring for and looking after a child or several children at a time between the ages of six weeks to thirteen years. It covers a large range of institutions, professions, activities, contexts, and cultural and social conventions. It is significant in a child’s proper development. The quality of care given to a child in his or her early years can make an everlasting and substantial impact on their future. There are many types of child care services and methods. In this article we will delve into two types of child care; informal care and family child care.
This form of child care system relies heavily on the services of an unprofessional acquaintance. Informal care does not offer conventional education as compared to a professional child care center. Education and learning occur over a series of interaction between the person watching the child and the child. Informal care also does not offer the interaction between other people and children to promote social skills.
A child’s education begins at home in a nurturing and loving atmosphere. This type of home allows children to reach their maximum potential. Parents that maintain a warm, inviting, understanding, and happy home tend to have children that grow into a confident human being.
Sending your child to daycare is a major decision. To select the daycare option that will provide a healthy and stimulating environment for your child, you need to aware of the different types. Daycare facilities usually operate for the entire day. There are two major types of daycare centers:
Creators of technology have focused efforts to make downtime and travel more entertaining for children. For instance, when travelling long distance, children have access to entertainment such as; movies, music, and interactive video games. As the video game industry continues to grow, how can parents and caregivers make sure we monitor the type of games our children are exposed to and how long they are playing them? Here is a quick general guide for the amount of time and type of game play is appropriate for certain age groups.
If you want to perform at your best level, then your body needs the best fuel to energize fully. It is the same for your children. Your children will be able to learn and participate at their best when a well-prepared breakfast is the start of their day. Here are a few reasons why breakfast is so important:
The house is a mess, and so is the new family. Making the leap from coupledom to baby-makes-three status is exciting, exhilarating, and wonderful. It's also exhausting, exasperating, and worrisome. This combination can be toxic to the romantic relationship that made you parents in the first place. Maintaining a marriage post-baby takes a lot of time and energy, exactly what you've have the least of now. Here are some ideas that will help your family during this transition period.
Breaks are a welcome downtime for both children and teachers. A structured, rigorous academic schedule is necessary for teachers to teach and children to learn. However, a good source of learning also takes place during recess, allowing children to do what they want (to an extent) in an unstructured, safe environment. Here’s why:
Tantrums are a frustrating part of parenthood. However, as strange as it may seem, tantrums are normal. They are a part of children’s development, allowing them to express themselves if they are angry, frustrated, or upset.
Tantrums are common during the second year of life when language skills are starting to develop. Because toddlers can't yet speak using many words to express what they want, feel, or need, frustration may cause a tantrum. As language skills improve, outbursts tend to decrease. Here are some helpful techniques to remember if your children are close to, or in the middle of a tantrum:
All primary caregivers of young children are blessed with moments that may not be a “blessing.” These activities can include whining, high-pitched shrieking, and being witness to catastrophic temper tantrums over virtually nothing. They are also familiar with cleaning vomit, diapers, and rushing to bandage scraped knees. We work through these tough moments because we love our children. But why does it seem that children are the most misbehaved when they’re around their mothers?
Keeping your children safe around water is tricky but important. Water activities are a huge draw for families seeking summer-time fun or relief from the heat. Children need constant supervision around water—whether the water is in a bathtub, a wading pool, an ornamental fish pond, a swimming pool, a spa, or a lake.
With summer weather and its fun-filled activities around the corner, it is important to be aware of the causes and signs of dehydration in children. A combination of high and low impact movement facilitates water evaporation from our bodies. While a regular diet maintains healthy levels of salts and fluid that evaporates, our bodies can experience a chemical imbalance when exercise causes excessive sweating. This chemical imbalance can sometimes lead to dehydration, which can be dangerous for our children. Signs and symptoms of dehydration include a dry or sticky mouth, few or no tears when crying, eyes that look sunken, dry and cool skin, unusual irritability, drowsiness or dizziness; and in babies, the soft spot on top of the head appears sunken or fewer wet diapers than usual.
If you think your child is showing signs of early dehydration, you should act immediately. Children who are mildly dehydrated because of activity will be thirsty and should drink as much as they want. Plain water is the best option. They should rest in a cool, shaded spot until the lost fluid is replaced. A breastfed infant should continue to be nursed, even during rehydration, unless repeated vomiting occurs. Do not give a dehydrated child, soda, ginger ale, tea, fruit juice, gelatin desserts, or chicken broth. These don't have the right mix of sugar and salts and can make the dehydration worse. Older children who are dehydrated can have sports drinks, but an oral rehydration solution (ORS) is best for young children and infants.
Gardening can be a daunting task to some, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. It also doesn’t require a perfectly flat, large, sunny backyard. For example, you can plant in a small raised bed or existing landscaping. If you don’t have a lot of outdoor space, a few containers of soil in a sunny spot can be an easy way to grow herbs or sweet cherry tomatoes. We all know eating vegetables is good for you. In addition to the health benefit to your child’s body, planting a garden can also positively affect your child’s mind and soul.
Heaven’s Elect Christian Learning Center and Daycare is a Non-denominational Christian childcare center fully licensed by the state of Michigan. Our Midland daycare center has been serving the community since 2000. The daycare center is open for your convenience: Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We are closed in observance of the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. When at all possible, we are open during Midland Public School snow days.