Enrolling your infant in a childcare facility can be an incredibly difficult process. Trying to find the ideal facility which caters to your needs as well as your child’s social, brain development and physical needs can be tricky. This blog will look at some of the questions you can ask prospective childcare providers during the interview.
What sort of programs does your facility employ?
Always ask about the type of programs that a childcare facility provides. These programs should be geared toward helping your child’s social, physical, and brain development. Inquire how activities are to take place and whether or not they have been designed for infants of different ages. It is important for these programs to work with your child's age by building on existing skills and knowledge.
Try to determine the ratio of teachers to every child. The last thing that you want is for three or four teachers to be responsible for upward of forty infants. Babies require small group, loving interactions in order to properly develop, something that cannot happen if the teacher-to-child ratio is too heavily weighted toward the infants.
What procedure does the establishment follow if there is an emergency?
Safety procedure questions are the most important questions you can ask. Ask about what should happen if your child is injured, if there is a fire on the property or if there is a natural disaster. You will want to know that your child is in the best possible care in the case of an emergency.
The childcare team at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Las Colinas in Irving, Texas makes every effort to ensure that physical, emotional, social, and brain development remain top priority. Contact us today to find out more about our advanced programs and facility for infants.Show Less
Is your infant often restless during the evening, struggling to sleep at bedtime? The good news is this type of behavior is typical for babies and there are a few ways in which you can help calm an infant before bedtime, resulting in a more restful night for everyone. Here are a few tips to help your infant sleep:
As with adults who enjoy the benefits of massage therapy, infant massage helps your newborn relax and unwind before bed. There are a number of guides available on the Internet demonstrating effective baby massage. What’s more, this technique also helps to strengthen the bond between parent and infant.
Work on a loose routine
We use the term routine very loosely here since establishing a routine with an infant is difficult. Try to do something like feed your child, bathe, and change his or her diaper before feeding again prior to bedtime. You could incorporate an infant massage into this routine too, since it will help your child relax and hopefully be ready for a good night’s sleep.
Create the right sleeping environment
Infant care can be stressful for new parents, and creating the best sleeping environment for your infant can help sleep occur more quickly. Using a white noise machine can negate household noises, voices, and outside sounds. Also, having light-blocking curtains or shades installed on the nursery windows can aid in creating a more restful environment.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Las Colinas features an experienced team of child care specialists who provide top quality care for children beginning with ages 6 weeks through 12 years. For information regarding our services, feel free to contact us today.Show Less
As a parent you are your child’s first and most important teacher. This means that you can be an incredibly positive influence on all areas of his or her growth, including brain development.
- Respond with love: Meeting your child’s needs for food, sleep or cuddles in a loving, positive manner is crucial for boosting brain development. These activities build trust, making a child feel secure, relaxed and open to new learning experiences.
- Get creative: Activities that provide sensory stimulation and new experiences create opportunities for learning. Showing your infant how to roll a ball or your toddler how to turn pages in a book is a creative approach that makes learning more fun and memorable. A visit to Cottonwood Creek park, which offers great facilities, is an opportunity to explore, learn and have adventures.
- Make every experience a learning experience: Bath time, meals, and bedtime provide plenty of opportunities for your child to learn new things. Talk to your child about what foods he or she is eating. During bath time, let your child play with brightly colored waterproof toys. A storybook at bedtime relaxes and calms your child while boosting brain development.
- Discipline boosts development too: Limitations on behavior is a key part of socio-emotional development. It encourages children to develop good habits. Rather than punishing your child, explain how he or she should behave. When your child does the right thing, be sure to take notice. Effusive praise is always a welcome reward.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Las Colinas we offer the exclusive Brain Waves™ Curriculum. This program is designed to provide your child with activities that develop his or her mental and physical potential. Children are fully supervised by highly qualified teachers, in a state-of-the-art facility. They will meet new friends and develop new skills in a loving, age-appropriate environment. For more information, please contact us today.Show Less
Talent identification as early as preschool can help fast track your child’s curriculum in Las Colinas
Early talent identification can be beneficial for your preschooler’s development. Determining and nurturing these talents can help focus your child’s education towards their interests and abilities in order to maximize their learning. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Las Colinas, Texas, we can help with talent identification in your child to help nurture their development.
All teaching staff at our Irving, TX learning center have been trained with the professional skills needed to identify and focus on developing your child’s talents. This individualized attention, together with our AdvancED accredited program and exclusive fast track curriculum, ensures that your child can develop and maximize his or her learning and at their own pace.
Our award winning Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Las Colinas has been fully equipped with everything your child needs to develop their talents, whether they are a visual-spatial learner or a physical learner. Our classrooms have designated learning stations, such as a construction station and a reading station, that focus on specific abilities and all five senses. With these stations, your child can learn and develop at their own pace.
Nurturing this talent at home and at school
Learning does not stop when your child leaves day care. It is important that you are encouraging learning at home and reinforcing the day’s lessons by discussing with your child what they learned during the day, and what they most enjoyed. Over time, you will begin to learn what your child is most interested in, and you can seek out activities that will cater to those interests.Show Less
Sleep problems are quite common with infants and toddlers. Common problems include separation anxiety, night-time fears and nightmares. Strongly influenced by the environment and daily activities, your infant’s daily routine should match your child’s developmental stage.
Five child care tips to help your child to fall asleep
- Bath time, cleaning teeth, story time and a cuddle before bed will help to relax your infant .
- Talk quietly or sing a gentle lullaby to ease your infant into sleep.
- Ensure that your child is adequately clothed, especially for sleeping.
- Make sure the bedding is properly fitted on the crib or bed, and that the temperature is comfortable to provide comfort and a secure feeling.
- Position your infant child on his/her back in the crib. This will provide a calm and peaceful environment, creating a smooth transition to bedtime.
Child care the Kids ‘R’ Kids learning Academy way
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Las Colinas we know that your infant needs to feel loved and nurtured in order to fall asleep in a foreign environment. Our child care providers implement a “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy in order to make your infant feel comfortable during daytime sleep and play.
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Summer camp is a very different environment from home or school. The most confident, outgoing child can feel a bit intimidated and overwhelmed at first, even at a daily camp! Here are some tips from Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Las Colinas in Irving, Texas of how to prepare your child for a successful summer camp experience:
Choose a themed camp your child will love: Many camps have a very specific focus, so it's important the theme is something your child will enjoy. Our 2014 summer camps are all about nature! From exploring the outdoors, to learning about ecosystems, interacting with nature, or an abundance of healthy outdoor adventures, we will experience it together in a fun and exciting way. This makes our theme appealing to many children who have a love for animals, creativity with nature themes, playing with their friends, learning summer sports, or just being outdoors.
Talk about your child's concerns: If your child starts to feel anxious, have a discussion with him or her about their fears. This will help them deal with any worries they may have in a constructive way, rather than allowing them to become anxious. Forming a plan together for how to handle these fears, will help your child gain confidence and stay positive. Our daily camp schedule occurs at the Academy, with the exception of field trips, allowing your child to see plenty of friends and familiar faces from the moment he or she arrives.
Prepare your child for the camp routine: Since summer is very different from the school year, talk to your child about what they can expect during a typical day at camp. You can discuss the different upcoming events, talk about the exciting scheduled field trips, and even practice a few activities at home. A hike along the nature trail with your child and a few of their friends at Mountain Creek Preserve, followed by a barbeque, and a sing-along of camp songs, will definitely set the mood for an exciting time at summer camp.
Our 2014 summer camp program, "Camp Nature Kids," for preschoolers through 12 years of age, is all about exploring and learning together about the wonders nature has to offer. Your child will be supported and nurtured by our Academy's experienced and dedicated staff who will encourage every child to realize their potential and thrive in this fun environment. For more information about our ten-week, daily summer camp, please contact us today as space is limited.Show Less