Child Care Plymouth

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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18 Oct Awaken All 5 Sense with Your Toddler’s Food

Daycare and preschool are very much the time where children begin to develop their social skills and gain comfort with their capabilities. We see children begin to understand depth perception and determine what types of food they do and don’t like, and these things can be done through a variety of practices in and out of the classroom. While we love being able to awaken the senses of your child in the classroom, it’s impossible to deny the importance that doing so outside of the classroom remains. If you’re looking for fun ways that you can dive into the mind of your child to further develop their learning abilities, one of the best ways to do this is through their senses. One of the tools that we believe every family should be using to awaken sense in the home is food, because it provides more than just a delicious taste! Here are the ways that we suggest vitalizing the senses. Sight Food is composed with so many colors. From the vibrant colors of vegetables to the different types of food coloring that are added to sweets, there are definitely a few ways that you can use the colors of food to open up the sense of your child. Incorporating these vibrant foods into tasks that involve your child, for instance having them watch you eat vegetables, awakens their visual senses in practicing the same act. It’s always great to use these brightly colored foods as a way to learn and remember colors too! Touch Along with colors, foods all have variant textures. Allow for your toddler to play around with their food a little, so that they can gain a better understanding of what different textures feel like and how they differ. As children grow up, they move forward from a bland and puree based diet, so it’s great to start incorporating these different textures prior to them chewing away on them. Smell Let your child experience a variety of smells in the food that they play with. Adding in sweet fruits and salty, seasoned crackers provides them with a variance in smells. This is especially the case if you begin to add herbs to the food that they’re enjoying or playing with. One of the best ways to go ahead and do this is through crackers that have these seasons baked into them or bread that has some of these different flavors added into them. Sound With the variety of textures comes a variety of sounds. As your child enjoys different types of food, allow for the crunches and slurps of the food to be taken into account. One of the best examples of this is spaghetti. The slurping of the noodles is one that children find amusing and can relate to the dish that they’re eating. Aside from that, the crunch of carrots and crackers make for great sound awakening foods and squishy, juicy foods like grapes and peaches also add quite a bit to the sense of sound. Taste It goes without saying that playing with food awakens your child’s sense of taste. As they get older they will begin to experience foods that are delicious, which allows for them to then pick and choose which ones are their favorites. Adding sweet and salty foods not only adds to their sense of smell, but also to their sense of taste. Add a variety and see what types of foods they like, and which ones they’re just not a fan of. You may be surprised by what you find out in doing so. Continue to enrich the mind of your child by providing them with activities and experiences that challenge them to gain a different understanding of what they’re going to continue to experience in life. These little lessons provide quite a bit of insight as to who they’ll become as they continue to grow. Make sure to keep up with the Little Newtons blog so that you can learn new fun and exciting methods and techniques that will help your child grow. We can’t wait to share with you the different areas that we like to work with. For more information on how we utilize your child’s senses in the classroom, call the Little Newtons daycare in Plymouth....

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16 Sep Are Your Kids Getting The Sleep They Need?

As an adult, we take advantage of every opportunity that we get for a wink of sleep, but sometimes we forget that our children need much more sleep than us. In order for focus to be at a high point and a good mood to be in swing, our children require a certain amount of sleep. How many hours of sleep should your child be getting? The amount of sleep a child should be getting differs based on age. Below are the recommended amounts of sleep that children should be getting, based off of their age range, in a 24 hour period. 4 to 12 months: 12 to 16 hours of sleep including naps 1 to 2 years: 11 to 14 hours of sleep including naps 3 to 5 years: 10 to 13 hours of sleep including naps 6 to 12 years: 9 to 12 hours 13 to 17 years: 8 to 10 hours These recommended amounts of sleep allow for our children to perform at their absolute best. Whether it be physically or mentally, the right amount of sleep allows for them to be their absolute best. It is also this amount of sleep that contributes to how well your child’s immune system is working. Techniques to Improve Sleep Quality It is entirely possible for a child to be in bed or resting, but not getting quality sleep. To make sure that your child is getting the absolute most out of their time sleeping, we’ve compiled a list of a few tips to help improve the quality of sleep that your child is getting. Turn Screens Off Children are exposed to electronics long before we used to be. From cell phones to televisions, all screens should be turned off at least 30 minutes before bedtime. These screens provide a light stimulus which signals to our brain that it should stay awake. This in turn, makes it more difficult to fall into deep sleep. Follow A Bedtime Our bodies are happy when they follow a routine. When it comes to sleeping, a routine helps our bodies understand what time they should be getting tired at and when they’ve had enough rest. The more that you maintain this routine, the more likely you are to follow and get the hours that you need to sleep. Adding teeth brushing and changing to the routine will help make sure that the bedtime is followed, and not pushed back. At Little Newtons, we want to help increase the chances of your child succeeding. We start that from a young age where we incorporate nap times and routine activities so that they can develop these skills. For more questions and techniques to help your child get the best sleep, speak with their doctor. You can also ask their care provider to see what techniques they’ve seen provide success in the classroom. Make sure to check back soon to see what other things we’re up to here at Little Newtons in Plymouth.  ...

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18 May Go Shopping For New Children’s Books & Get To Reading

How many children's books do you own? If you are a parent, it’s time to make sure you’re well-stocked on books. Just like you, our goal is to provide your child with all tools possible to succeed in life, even though they are just young tots right now. Because of this, the child care providers at Little Newtons read to your child every single day. If you aren’t sure why reading to children is so incredibly beneficial, it’s time to learn the benefits. But first, catch up by reading some of our past posts, then continue. Why should you read to your child daily? When you’re a child, the world is a big and vast place. Reading a book allows a child’s mind to escape and create a whole new world and characters with their very own imagination. Imagination as a kid is an evolutionary experience that deserves attention. When your child is involved with reading, it will allow them evolve their imagination while improving their listening skills to do so. Your child will first learn about colors, shapes, letters and numbers when they pick up a book. If you read to them daily, they’re more likely to learn the alphabet sooner, will be able to count to 10 before child care starts and may even learn the entire rainbow! Read with your child and get to know our child care center. Learn more about our child care center in Plymouth. Our leaders read to children every day to make sure they’re growing as a little adult. To learn more about our processes, the books we read or anything else you want to know, please feel free to contact us!...

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30 Nov 6 Secrets Of Kiddos Who Rarely Get Sick

Let’s face it, if your kiddo is in child care, chances are pretty likely that’ll they’ll bring some sort of winter bug home. A cold or the flu are just two of the many different illnesses that are going around right now, but did you know that there are ways to prevent your child from getting sick at child care? With that being said, you probably know one or two kids that seem to never get sick. How do they do it? Below are 6 secrets of kids who rarely get sick. They keep their hands clean. Kids who have great hand hygiene are far less likely to come down with a cold. Their immune systems can stay strong by washing off germs on a regular basis. Getting your kid to regularly wash their hands will dramatically reduce the risk of passing of gastrointestinal and respiratory illness, so make sure you get your kids in the habit! Keep your child active! Although we’re always active at child care in Plymouth, studies have shown that children who experience daily moderate exercise drastically reduce the number of flu and cold episodes that occur over the course of a single calendar year from 25%-50%! So find an activity that both you and your child will enjoy doing together. Try going for a hike, walking the dog or going to the playground to run off some energy. Get plenty of ZZZs. Sleep can deprive your body from maintaining a strong immune system. Keep your kid’s white blood cell count high and healthy by making sure they stick to an early bedtime. Sleep deprivation can double the risk of coming down with a cold. So read a good bedtime story and send your child off into a dream state they’ll enjoy every night! Kids who avoid touching their face are less likely to come down with the flu or the common cold. Flu and cold viruses enter the body through the mouth, eyes and nose, so if your child avoids touching their face as much as they can, they’re likelihood of getting sick reduces. We understand that this can be a troubling feat to accomplish, which is why hand washing is so important. Consume a healthy and well-balanced diet. Kids who eat plenty of fruits and vegetables will have stronger immune systems. Foods that are rich in vitamin D and vitamin C are great for boosting and keeping your child’s immune system strong, but yogurt’s active cultures also help to build your immune system's defense even more. They get the flu vaccine! Children who get the flu vaccine every year rarely come down with the flu virus. In fact, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that it’s the single best way to prevent your child from coming down with the flu! What are you waiting for? Give your child the tools and advice they need to become as healthy as possible and enroll your kiddo in child care in Plymouth today!...

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