Daycare Champlin

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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23 Sep Solutions for Your Toddler’s Stress

There are plenty of things that contribute to stress in adult life, from the bills that seem to flow on a consistent basis to the amount of time that we spend sitting at a desk for work, it’s not uncommon for adults to have one or more factors in their life that are leaving them stressed. While it may seem unlikely for your toddler to be experiencing stress given they aren’t at work and don’t have any bills to pay, stress in toddlers and young children is in fact very common. There are many signs that a parent may recognize in their child that will signal stress within a toddler. While the chances of these stresses leading to something like high blood pressure or cardiovascular problems, there are plenty of ways that children are physically affected by this stress and it should not be taken lightly. Here are a few of the most common reasons that toddlers experience stress at such a young age, as well as ways that you can minimize and care for them. Common Signs of Stress Everyone handles stress differently, and as a child who is extremely reliant on their parent or some form of provider, the primary ways that they deal with stress will be by acting out towards this person. Some of the most common ways that we see children acting out their stress are: Change or difficulty with a sleep schedule Loss in appetite or upset stomach Change in emotions; constantly upset or aggravated Increase in sickness Constipation or change in bowel movements Nightmares or night terrors Coping mechanisms like thumb sucking Reasons Children Stress Out In the same way that children react to stress differently, there are plenty of situations and circumstances that cause children to stress out in the first place. Below are a few of the reasons that we see children stress out at daycare and ways that you can minimize the situations at home and while they’re at school. Remember, it’s important to take these issues seriously so that they don’t lead to further issues, both emotionally and physically. Separation Anxiety Sometimes this reason becomes a component for stress for us parents as well. When children are accustomed to spending a majority of their time with a parent, spending a half or full day at daycare can seem like an eternity. This may happen in the first few months and maybe even year that your child attends daycare. This can also happen every once in awhile, this can happen when children move to different daycares or start a new program at a school. The best way to counter this is to ask them about their day afterwards and make the drop off as seamless as possible. Creating a comfortable relationship with the daycare teacher will improve the ease at which dropoffs go, and will allow for your child to feel much more comfortable when they are dropped off at daycare. Being comfortable with the daycare provider will also benefit any stress that is created from separation anxiety. Learning New Things Whether it’s in the classroom or at home, learning new things can create a big shift in the way a child’s life works, especially during the learning process. One of the best examples of life lessons that cause stress is potty training. With so much pressure and the discomfort of having an accident, there are plenty of reasons that kids wind up stressed. Patience is one of the ways that you can work on minimizing stress with this particular cause. Positive reinforcement is another way that children can feel confident in this new skill that they’re learning. Also, make sure that you don’t rush with whatever skill it may be that they are learning, this will only increase the chances of them stressing out about the situation. We’ve only just begun to visit the circumstances that can cause stress in toddlers and young children, but we have definitely not covered them all. Make sure to check back in the next couple of weeks as we cover a few other reasons that children undergo stress at a young age or while in daycare. Little Newtons in daycare in Champlin will always provide you with the information and guidance that you need for your child to succeed....

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06 Jul How To Survive Your Child’s First Month In Daycare

It’s a moment that we all hear about before we even have kids: the first drop off at daycare. Whether you’re having to drop your child off at daycare a few months after being born, or you’ve been lucky enough to wait it out until preschool, this drop off is never an easy one. Strangely enough, it’s the parents that have a harder time with this goodbye. If you’re dropping your child off to either daycare or preschool here at Little Newtons in Champlin, you’ll notice that we have become pro’s at this unbearable goodbye. Here are a few tips to help you survive through your child’s first month at daycare. Prepare The Night Before Getting ready for daycare will take a little bit of time, but not too much since your nerves likely have you over prepping for your child’s first day. It’s always easier to pack everything up the night before so that you can enjoy that extra time in the morning with your little one, but also so that you can confidently head out of the house all packed up and ready. Add On An Extra 30 Once you’ve got their daycare bag packed, their tiny outfit picked and have already thought through their next three meals, you can relax and know that we will handle it from there. Determine how much time it will take for you to get everything together in the morning, add on the drive time to Champlin and then tack on an extra 30 minutes. These extra 30 minutes are for you to say that final goodbye and sneak in extra kisses. These 30 minutes also provide a little fluff in case you have any questions. You’ll notice that over time you will use up less and less of this allotted time. Don’t worry, these aren’t the only components to surviving this first month of daycare. Check back in the next couple of days to see what other helpful tips we’ve got for you to ensure that you live through your child’s first month at daycare, here at Little Newton’s in Champlin. Until next time!...

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18 Jun Books Children’s Minds Love

When you were little, we’re guessing you love to open a brand new book and look at all of the color pictures. If this sounds like something that was familiar in the past, it’s time to raise your child with the same excitement. There are many wonderful benefits that reading to your kiddo provides; however, many parents aren’t sure what books are the best ones to purchase. In our previous posts, the leading daycare center in Champlin has been giving parents the types of books that children’s minds love. Continue reading to learn more. Types of books to read to your young child: Patterned Concept Books Patterned concept books wonderful to include in your child’s library. These types of books allow your child a way to expand their understand of relationships, themes, ideas and so much more. They also use their illustrations as examples of various words and ideas. In fact, any type of book with strong rhythmic flow and patterns are great books to help children predict what’s next to come on the following page. Patterned concept books we suggest you read include the following: The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown Monday, Monday, I Like Monday by Bill Martin Jr. Learn how our daycare team incorporates reading into the daily curriculum at Little Newtons. Are you interested in learning how our daycare professionals introduce reading to your kiddo at Little Newtons? We encourage you to learn more from us by giving us a call or contact us online today. Also, stay tuned for our next blog: Do Children Enjoy Wordless Books?...

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10 May Why You Should Read To Your Kiddos At Bedtime

Do you know the impact of reading on children? If not, it’s time you catch up by reading our previous blog posts, because reading to kids can cause them to do well in the future. This is highly important! If you want your child to do well in the future by succeeding in school, have a well-versed knowledge base and in context influentially better than most kids, it’s time to start reading. But we know that your child isn’t with you at all times when growing up, which is why at Little Newton’s daycare in Champlin, we make it a point to read to your kiddo, daily. But why? Well, there are many more wonder benefits they’ll be receiving. Benefits your child will be receiving if you read to them daily include the following: Reading to babies is beneficial too! Even though your baby may not be able to understand exactly what you’re saying, when you read them a book, they’ll start to understand the concept of sounds and learn that words on a page are read from left to right. Plus, they’ll understand that the story will continue once the page is turned. If your child has a tough time keeping their attention on one concept for certain periods of time, start reading to them. Doing so promotes attention span growth, which is highly important for your child to acquire and have at all stages in life. Being able to concentrate will help your child in schooling as they grow older. Have you enrolled your child? When you enroll your child at Little Newtons’ daycare in Champlin, you can rest assured that they will be read to on a daily basis. However, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t continue to read to your child on your own at home. We suggest you read to your kiddo at least once a day, before bedtime is a great time. If you have questions, give us a call. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn more benefits of reading to your kiddo at a young age: Go Shopping For New Children’s Books & Get To Reading....

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23 Feb How Much Sleep Does Your Kiddo Need?

Getting your children to nap can be a nightmare. Some kids love sleeping and others are not so fond of the idea. Although many kiddos decide to fight the urge to sleep, they need it, and let’s face it: parents could use a daily nap time break as well. The daycare professionals in Champlin understand that kids need to get a certain amount of shuteye to remain in good spirits and to stay functional. But do you understand? Newborn Did you know that newborn babies require the most sleep? It can be hard to put your baby on a sleep schedule because new babies don't yet have any circadian rhythms. So, it’s appropriate to let newborns sleep in short spurts of two to four hours, totally around 15 to 18 hours of sleep within a 24 hour period. One to Four Months Although not a newborn, these one month to four month old babies still need regular feeding and sleeping throughout the daytime and nighttime hours. So, when your child turns one month old, it’s time to start setting a regular bedtime. We suggest anywhere between 8:00 and 11:00 PM. During this age, your kiddo will be developing a lot and feeding more often; however, they will still need 14 to 15 hours of sleep per 24 hour period. Champlin’s daycare experts at Little Newton’s know that sleep is no joke. We allow your child to sleep when they need it. Stay tuned for more information about sleep schedules in our next blog....

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06 Feb Valentine’s Day Lovebug Craft

Crafts with kids are a great way to connect as a family. Previously, we gave you the ingredients and first few steps needed to create an edible lovebug with your kiddos! Brought to you by Little Newtons, the most trusted daycare in all of Champlin, here are the final steps to your lovebug’s heart. After a few minutes, use the black edible marker to add a dot to two of the heart confetti sprinkles. These heart sprinkles are going to be your lovebug’s eyes. Then, take the end of the toothpick and dip it in a small amount of corn syrup and dab that onto the back of the candy heart. Adhere the hearts onto the marshmallow for the eyes! Now, add a red heart confetti sprinkle to the lower marshmallow as your lovebug’s heart. Lay your mallows to rest on the wax paper once again. While the hearts are adhering to the marshmallows, cut two mini gum drops in half horizontally with the knife. Grab a small piece of spagetti (about one inch long), and use it as a skewer. Attach one end of the spaghetti to half of a gumdrop and attach it to the top of the lovebug’s head. Do this two times so your lovebug has antennas. Now, it’s time to take a large gumdrop and flatten it with the rolling pin. Dust it with granulated sugar as you roll it out to give it a sparkling effect. Cut out two mini hearts from the large flattened gumdrop and make another skewer as you did with the antennas. These gumdrop hearts are the wings to your lovebug. Attach the wings to your lovebug’s body in place of where arms would go. Once the wings are in place, bury the lollipop lovebug stick securely into the styrofoam block to dry. Next? Enjoy looking at or eating your beautiful Valentine’s Day creation!...

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23 Dec Is your Child Prepared?

Preparing your child for daycare can be hard, and since we’re about to start a new semester here at Little Newton’s in Champlin, we want you to understand how you can help to make your child’s first day the best day possible! It’s not a surprise that many children, no matter what age, will be a little fearful of their first day at Little Newton’s daycare in Champlin, but we’re here to help! Before their first day at daycare, make sure you prepare them. Go over the schedule with them. It’s important to be as detailed as possible when describing to them what their day will go like. Be sure to introduce them to a new routine. An easier way to introduce them to a new routine is to give your entire family a few days, maybe even a week to adjust to any new sleep schedules. Have your child wake up as they will a few days later for daycare, and have them go to bed as they will once they start daycare in Champlin. It’s also never a bad idea to visit us prior to your son or daughter’s first day with us! We’d be happy to meet your little one and show them where they’ll be learning, playing and spending most of their days. Not only that, but when you come in for a tour of the facility, your kiddo will get to learn who will be taking care of them throughout the days they’re here. Trusting the caregiver is always something that your child will have to develop on their own, but starting early does help! Take your child shopping! Wearing a new outfit on the first day of school, even if it is just daycare, will give them the confidence that they need to feel great about going on this new adventure by themselves. Buy them a big girl or big boy backpack too! ...

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