Child Care Maple Grove

01 Apr Investing in Early Childhood Education

Investment into Early Childhood Education Investment into Early Childhood Education is one of the wisest and future-oriented decisions we should have in mind. There is an incredible amount to gain for your child in setting them up for success. A study recently showed the investment has return of 7-10 percent. Knowing the brain develops the most during years 0-5, Early Childhood Education is very important to life long learning. Overall, a study recently documented a return to society of more than $17 for every dollar invested in the Early Childhood Education Program. Early education is one among the most important and well spent investments we can make in our nation’s future. It amplifies and solidifies the child’s development and helps nurture and improve the child’s performance in school and also contributes to boosting the long-term social and economic rewards....

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29 Aug The Benefits Of A Quality Daycare Facility – Part 2

Welcome back to the Little Newton blog! If you’re keeping up with us, then you know that we covered a few of the ways that your child will benefit from a high quality daycare facility and the curriculum that is presented. We are going to continue to focus on the benefits of a high quality facility because these specific benefits are ones that your child will use for the rest of their life. Hitting Milestones Quicker Every age provides a milestone. When your child is in their first year of life, we are devoting our time to help them develop the skills that they need to roll over, sit up, crawl and eventually walk. After that we continue to work towards milestones. Whether it be practicing numbers and letters with your preschooler or simply working on developing skills like sharing and social comfort, we have something to work for. Children that attend quality daycare facilities are given the attention that they need to develop these skills at a more rapid rate than other children. Independence & Self Reliance While developing social skills is incredibly important, there is also quite a bit of importance that lies within being self reliant and independent. There will be plenty of opportunity for your child to develop the necessary skills to solve problems and understand themselves on a different level. This skill set can be found in your child’s ability to play alone, as well as their ability to understand when they need help with going to the bathroom, getting a snack, when they’re hurt or something of the sort. Immersion Into Society While caring for your child in the comfort of your home is never a bad thing, being able to immerse them into society with children their age and environments that they’ll enjoy, you are helping them develop an overall kindness and trust for society. This skill development is easy to see when groups of children are playing together and they feel comfortable in their environment and with their peers. At Little Newtons daycare and preschool, we focus on your child’s skill development through a curriculum that continues to challenge them. If you want to see benefits like the ones that we’ve mentioned in our last two blogs, then it’s worth giving our office a call and setting up a tour of our facility. If you have more questions on what separates our daycare facility from the rest, we would be more than happy to answer them. ...

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25 Aug The Benefits Of A Quality Daycare Facility

When your child is extremely young, especially if it’s your first child, the daycares that you look at have a high standard to meet. The more daycares that you look at, the more you’ll realize that there are very few facilities that offer everything that you need. That is where Little Newtons differs. At Little Newtons, we have spent our time creating a curriculum for both daycare and preschool level children so that they can begin advancing before ever entering a public school. Aside from that, each of our care providers are licensed and experienced so as to provide your child with the highest quality of professionalism and care. If you’re still not sure why you shouldn’t settle for the daycare that you choose, here are a few of the benefits that your child will see through attending a quality daycare. Exercised Social Skills Social skills are one of the lessons we learn early on that we wind up carrying throughout life. When children aren’t able to develop these social skills, their ability to learn and function in society as they grow up is also affected. At Little Newtons, we understand that social skills are a necessity, so we work to incorporate this skill into their daily routine. While this seems like something that you can count on seeing at any daycare, there are plenty of facilities that will not have social interaction with other children as a priority for their curriculum. Understanding Sharing As if being social wasn’t difficult enough, sharing is a lesson that is also important to incorporate within a daycare curriculum. From sharing colors and toys, to understanding how to take turns, children will inevitably have a difficult time understanding why they can’t enjoy all of the time with their favorite classroom toy, or why the other kids have toys when they can’t. This is something that we love being able to instill in children, and we take pride in the development that the children at Little Newtons see when they progress to preschool and kindergarten. These are only two of the benefits that your child will see from attending a quality daycare. In our next blog post we will focus on two more benefits that a child will see when they are enrolled in a daycare that puts their needs first. Check back to the Little Newton blog to see what reasons we cover next. ...

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27 Apr Why You Should Read To Your Child

Do you remember being read to when you were a child? If so, what types of books did your parents read to you? Were they picture books, story books or participation books? No matter what type of book it was, it’s important you keep the tradition alive for your children to experience. So, why would you want to read to your children anyways? Well, did you know that reading to your children can provide them with many great benefits? When reading to and with your child, they will derive many wonderful benefits, including the following: When you read to your child, you will create a bigger bond. Doing this activity together gives your kiddo a great sense of well-being and intimacy. This well-being and intimacy will give your child the closeness to you they prefer: The feeling of being undoubtedly loved and receiving attention they need to help them grow their intellectual mind. If your child loves when you read to them, they’ll look at reading as a pleasurable experience. Having this is vital for growing up. When your child grows up and starts taking classes where reading is part of homework, they’ll be more likely to complete the reading hassle-free, as well as read in their spare time. Clearly, reading has an impact on your kiddos. Just like you, reading is important to our child care center in Maple Grove. If you are searching for a child care center that will provide your child with the expandable knowledge reading can bring, look no further than Little Newtons. Don’t go anywhere just yet, stay tuned for our next blog for more great benefits of reading to children: Benefits Of Reading To Your Child....

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25 Mar Teenage Sleep Cycles

Did you know that as children age, they need less sleep? For some, this makes plenty of sense, but for others, they would think it’s the exact opposite. If you’ve been following Little Newton’s child care blog, then you have learned from newborn babies to children that are 12-years-old, sleep cycles change. Like we previously promised, here is what older children, or adolescent adults require to maximize their day-to-day lives. Teenagers Contrary to popular belief, teenagers still need a wicked amount of sleep. In fact, researchers recommend that children 13 years and older get at least nine hours or more of slumber per night! Every teenage life is different, and during this age many teenagers are out participating in sports or other after school activities. But not only that, teens are learning a vast amount of information. If your kiddo hasn’t been performing well in school, showing signs of bad behavior or lacking in energy, it may be time to take a look at their sleep cycle. Depending on what time school starts will decide the time your teen should hit the hay.  Remember, it can take up to 15 minutes to fall asleep, and if you have a teen with a lot on their mind, it may take longer. Contact us! If you have any questions about our child care and sleep schedule, we welcome you to give us a call. Also, feel free to read through our past blogs to learn about newborn and toddler sleep cycles depending on age....

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15 Mar 15 Months to Three Years Old Sleep Cycle

There’s no doubt about it, children need to conquer deep sleep in order to accomplish daily mental and physical development. If you have been relying on a child care provider and you’re not happy with their current sleeping arrangements, it’s important to understand that at Little Newtons in Maple Grove, we make it a priority for your child to get the amount of sleep they need each day. But the question is, “How much sleep does your newborn or 10 to 15 month old need?” Catch up by reading our previous post to learn the answer to that question, and then continue by reading to learn how much sleep a child between the ages of 15 months to three years needs. 15 Months to Three Years Your child still needs quite a bit of sleep to have a good day of development, both mentally and physically. Your young child needs about 12 to 14 hours of sleep per day, and that’s without naps. So, it’s important that you move their bedtime to an earlier time of day to help them adjust to not taking a nap. We recommend that you move your child’s bedtime to 6:00 PM or 7:30 PM in order for them to stay consistent in their sleeping habits. Sleeping is highly important for everyone, but it is especially important to children who are continuing to develop both mentally and physically on a daily basis. To learn more about how our child care in Maple Grove accomplishes consistent sleep cycles, give us a call. Meanwhile, stay tuned for our next blog if you have a child who is three to six years old. ...

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01 Mar Four To Eight Month Sleep Cycle

Many parents place their children in child care when they’re young. The reality is that many parents have to keep working in order to support their new family, and Little Newtons is the best option for child care in Maple Grove. In fact, we think we’re the best because we don’t just keep your kids happy with great games and learning activities, we allow them to sleep when they need to! Sleep is a very important process in every child’s life, which is why we are here to give you some facts and tips about your kiddo’s sleep. But before you start reading, we suggest you catch up by informing yourself about newborn and one to four-month-old sleep habits. Four to Eight Months Babies who are four to eight months old need about 14 to 15 hours of sleep each day, and it’s the period in time when their circadian rhythms are emerging. Because of this, our child care providers recognize that it’s important to have a routine sleep schedule. Ideally, a child should sleep at 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM for short daily naps. This sleep is needed for both mental and physical development. Sleep can make or break the way a child develops, including retaining the new things learned at child care. If you want your kiddo to get the best sleep for developmental purposes, it’s time that you learn more about the required amount of sleep he or she needs. Learn more by staying tuned for our next blog: Eight to 10 Month Sleep Cycle. If you’re ready to enroll your baby at our child care center in Maple Grove, contact us online today!...

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30 Jan Edible Lovebug for Valentine’s Day

Crafts are a fun way to stay involved with your kids. As a parent it can be hard to know what your kiddo is feeling or thinking, and one way to connect with them is to do things together that create a bond that’s unbreakable. If you’ve been following our blog posts, you already know that Little Newtons, the most trusted child care center, has been giving parents craft ideas that are Valentine’s Day themed. Here’s a yummy craft that everyone in your family will enjoy. Marshmallow Love Bug What you’ll need: Giant marshmallows Pink sprinkles Lollipop sticks Mini gumdrops Large gumdrops Mini heart cookie cutter Heart confetti sprinkles Spaghetti Black edible marker A rolling pin Wax paper Sugar A styrofoam block Shortening Toothpick Knife Light corn syrup What to do: Take a lollipop stick and slide two giant marshmallows onto it. If you’re having trouble getting the marshmallows on the stick, try greasing it up with a small amount of shortening before you begin. Then, fill up a deep cup or bowl with water and proceed to dip the marshmallow stick into the water quickly. Immediately after dipping, dab the excess water off the mallows with a paper towel. While the mallows are still damp, sprinkle a generous amount of sprinkles over the marshmallows. Be sure you do this over a plate because it can get messy! Once completely covered in sprinkles, lay your mallows to rest on wax paper. Don’t worry, you’re not done yet! Join us by reading our next blog to finish creating your lovebug before Valentine’s Day!...

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06 Jan What to Wear to Little Newtons

We understand that there are new parents everywhere. Dressing your child is fun, but if your child is going to be attending child care in Maple Grove, there should be some things about what they wear that you keep in mind. You want your child to stay comfortable and ready-to-play at any time, so here are some great tips on what you should dress your child in when you bring them in for child care in Maple Grove at Little Newtons. Leave the dressy attire, like lace and ruffles, at home. We know that your child looks adorable in dressy clothing, but to be honest, it can be tough for children to move and have fun in this type of clothing. Plus, if you don’t want your children to ruin their dress clothes during playtime, it’s best to leave this type of attire for days when they’re not at child care. Avoid hard-to-pull on tights, suspenders and overpants. Although your child will look super cute, it can be hard for caregivers to dress and undress during potty time or when they change diapers. Peeling through layers that are tight or hard to get on and off can be too much work and uncomfortable for your child too. If your child is going through potty training, be sure to dress them in easy-to-manage outfits. Just like the previous tip, pants that are hard to get on and off and a lot of layers can actually cause your child to unsuccessfully use the bathroom. Accidents can happen if your child has to take off a lot of layers. Make it easier on them with quick access to the potty without embarrassing themselves. Every once in awhile a barrette or hat is nice, but they can be hard to keep track of in a child care setting. You’re better off leaving hair accessories and/or hats at home, unless it’s for a special occasion.    ...

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06 Nov How to Prepare your Kiddo for Child Care

If your kiddo has never been to child care in Maple Grove before, it’s always good to prepare them. Preparing your child for a great experience is one of the best ways to introduce child care to them in a positive way! Because we care about you and your child’s experiences, here are the best ways to introduce child care into your kiddo’s life in a fun and stress-free way! Ease into it! No child likes to be thrown into something new. If you’ve been following our blog posts, then you already know that children love routines. If you follow a routine and introduce something new to them slowly, they’ll be more likely to accept this new experience as part of their everyday life. Preparation is a great way to ease your child into a child care facility in Maple Grove, and doing this will even help to transition them into early childhood education programs in the future. Be positive! Your child will take after your attitude. So, if you’re worried or not too thrilled about putting your kid in child care, it’s likely that they won’t be excited about it either. Be sure not to show anxiety about child care, as your child will pick up on this and think that child care is a scary new thing that they are being forced to do. Don’t linger around! Many parents are worried that their child won’t accept their new child care surroundings. Though it may take a little while for your child to adjust, it’ll be easier if you, as the parent, aren’t lingering around the facility. To keep things simple, keep your drop off quick and easy. Lingering will only show and transfer your fears, sadness or anxiety onto your child, making their experience bad. Leave a comfort item. It’s important that your child feels comfortable in all situations. If the child care center you chose allows personal comfort items, make sure they have it with them during moments of separation. This item could be a blanket, a stuffed animal or anything else that they like to use for comfort when they’re at home. Explain to your child that this item will help to keep them happy and safe while you are away until you pick them up at the end of the day. Be prepared for your child to cry. More than likely, your child will cry when you leave them at child care. You should prepare for this, but the best way to do this is by setting normal boundaries at home. After you leave, it’s good to tag up with their care provider to see how long they cried and to see how the rest of their day went. It will break your heart to leave your crying child, but they will always be smiling when you return to pick them up! Do you want to learn more about the child care options available at Little Newton’s in Maple Grove? Visit us online now or contact us to schedule a tour!...

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