Daycare Maple Grove

11 Oct Too Sick for Daycare?

Sick days are inevitable, especially with the change of seasons that happens here in Minnesota. When the brutal cool temperatures of fall and winter finally start to settle in, catching a cold becomes all the more likely. There are definitely days where making it through a day of sniffles is something we’re capable of doing, but in a daycare, where your child is surrounded by countless other children who are exposed to their siblings and children outside of daycare, coming to school sick could pose as a greater issue. If your child is sick, and you’re unsure of whether or not your child should be going into daycare, here are a few things that you should take the time to think over before making up your mind. Signs & Symptoms Most serious illnesses will show up with some signs and symptoms. Depending on what it is that your child has come down with, you should take note of what signs and symptoms they are showing. Take a look at how bad the symptoms that they’re showing are. Is their temperature pushing a fevere? How badly is their nose running? Does their cough hurt them? Once you’ve gaged just how bad the symptoms are, you can gain an idea if time spent at daycare is going to improve their health or only leave them drained at the end of the day. It’s also a great way to at least gain some sort of idea as to how ill your child is and whether or not professional care is needed. Another great way to look at the situation is to consider whether or not you’d want a child with those symptoms around your kiddo. If the answer is no, then it’s probably best to take the day off. Daycare Expectations & Regulations There are certain standards in place in order for children to maintain a healthy and safe lifestyle while they are at our daycare. One of those factors is in relation to the health of the children that we take care of. If your child is throwing up, has diarrhea or is highly contagious, then we ask that you please keep your child home until they are well enough to be coming to daycare without putting other children at risk. At Little Newtons, we do our absolute best to provide your child with an experience that is only going to enhance their development and propel them to learn more. Doing this is difficult to do when a child requires more care because they are sick. Mom & Dad Know Best While there are plenty of ways that you can go about determining if your child is too sick for going to school, for the most part is entirely your choice. You know your child better than we ever could, and if you can tell that they’re going to be miserable all day at daycare and could possibly transfer their illness to other children, then it’s better to keep them home where they can rest and get back to good health in time to head back to daycare! For any questions regarding your child being sick or our preferences with health related issues, please feel free to call our daycare office in Maple Grove. ...

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12 Aug Getting Back To The Work Grind

If you are the parent of a newborn baby, then you’ve likely just enjoyed a few days off of work, maybe a couple of weeks or even months, but now it’s time to get back to the grind. If you’re finishing up with the loose ends before heading back, there are a few tips that we have found to be beneficial to parents that are just now getting back to work. Glance over these tips and take a deep breath as you accept the fate that work is still a necessary part of adult life. Don’t Over Work Yourself When you get back into the office, your boss will know that you’re not the same person that you were when you left, but that doesn’t mean that the job has changed. When you’re at work, make sure that you are being smart with how you exert yourself. At times it’s better to do work smarter, not harder. Analyze the different tasks that you have to do, whether physical or mental, and determine what method is going to be best for you as you progress through your work day. You’ll notice that over time the transition back into work will get better with time, especially if you ease into the pace that you’re accustomed to. Get Rid of That Guilty Feeling Any parent that has had to drop their child off at daycare, has experienced the feeling of guilt when they have to drop their child off at the daycare center. The first couple of days will always be harder than the rest, but it is absolutely necessary that you shake off the guilt of having to do so. At the end of the day, you’re going to have to make it through the work day, whether your child is at daycare or not, so you may as well relieve yourself of this guilt and put your best foot forward at the office. The part of going back to work that you can entirely eliminate is worrying about where your kids are and who’s taking care of them. When your kids are enrolled at Little Newton Daycare & Preschool in Maple Grove, you know that they are with a group of professionals that have their best interest at hand. Aside from that, the curriculum that we offer is among the best in the state. Shake off your nerves, and go get em!...

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09 Jun Types Of Books Children Love

Understandably, there are plenty of children’s books out on the market that are entertaining, engaging and perfectly suited for your newborn, toddler or young adult. However, there are some books that you may want to purchase over others. The leading daycare center in Maple Grove wants you to understand what books are the best to read and why. Types of books to read to your young child: Picture Storybooks Picture storybooks are a great place to start. When you go to the store to look for a new book, search for one with plenty of illustrations and bright colors. Children who are engaged in the look of a book are going to be more engaged in the story as well. Plus, sometimes children don't understand exactly what the words mean, but the picture may be able to explain the story to them in a much clearer way. Picture storybooks we suggest you read include the following: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting Quick as a Cricket by Don and Audrey Wood Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen Reading is a very important activity you should be doing with your child; we read to our daycare children every single day! In fact, there are plenty of benefits and scientific findings that state why parents and daycare providers should be doing so. We encourage you to read some of the benefits in our past blog post. However, stay tuned for more types of books we highly suggest you purchase for your child’s book collection. ...

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29 May Provide Benefits To Your Child Through Reading

Reading is so important to your child. Whether you enjoy reading or not, giving your child 30 minutes to an hour of story time per day can help them achieve great power and knowledge as they grow older and mature. In fact, we believe that reading is so vital to your kiddos, that our child care providers do it daily! Previously, we mentioned some of the most influential benefits children can obtain; keep reading to learn more. Reading to your child can give them the opportunity to obtain the following benefits: Children will be offered the opportunity to pick up on relationships, personalities, situations and also, what is good and bad within the world he lives. Moreover, reading a fantasy book to your child can help with free play as well as their imagination. Fairy tales through books can help your kid distinguish what is, and what’s not, real. There will be a time in your child’s life where their body, emotions and experiences will start to change. Reading them a story with a similar story will help to calm your child’s anxiety about how their growing in life, mentally and physically. For instance, if your child is not to fond of a new daycare you have enrolled them in, reading them the book I Love To Go To Daycare, written by Shelley Admont, may help ease their nerves and even get them excited to go! Get your child excited about reading and excited about growing up! With the help of our daycare professionals in Maple Grove, we know we can help your child get the benefits they need. Learn more from our professionals online now and stay tuned for our final blog about the benefits of reading: Reading Is Not a Chore, It’s a Habit!...

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23 May Benefits Of Reading To Your Kiddo

Did you know that reading to your child on a daily basis can provide them with a multitude of benefits without them ever realizing? If you are unaware of the many great benefits your child will get from their parents reading to them, it’s time to catch up by reading some of our previous posts. From letting your child’s imagination expand to teaching them colors, shapes and the ABCs, it’s important to understand the benefits reading can provide. Additionally, because reading can help our kids in daycare gain knowledge, we read to them daily. So, here are more great interesting benefits your child could be reaping! Reading to your child every day provides many amazing benefits! Did you know that reading to your young one could improve their IQ score by over 6 points? That’s right! A study published by Psychological Science in January of 2013 stated that “reading to a child in an interactive style raises his or her IQ by over 6 points.” This is astonishing and is something to consider when deciding whether or not you have time to read to your child. Reading to children allows them to develop early thinking skills. Books have the power to provide your child with the knowledge of cause and effect, which means they are more likely to exercise logic at an earlier age as well as the ability to think in more abstract terms. Your child may also learn to understand the consequences of their actions based off of the cause and effect, in other words, what’s right from wrong. We read to children and help them expand their knowledge. Our daycare in Maple Grove wants the best for your child, which means we take initiative to read to your child every day. Learn more about our daycare programs online today and stay tuned for more great benefits reading to your child can provide: Provide Benefits To Your Child Through Reading....

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11 Apr Daycare Touring Questions You Should Ask

Learning the in’s and out’s of a prospective daycare is extremely important. Where you plan to take your child for daycare is something which should be taken seriously, this is why in our previous post the daycare providers at Little Newtons in Maple Grove started giving readers the first two questions you should ask when or before touring a facility. Here are more. Daycare FAQs What will happen if my child is sick? In each daycare or child care facility, there should be a clear plan for responding to an illness. You need to know the answers to questions, including, “Will my child need to come home?” and “Can I take my child to daycare while sick?” Each daycare center will have different answers. So make sure you understand them before you enroll your child. To learn about Little Newtons’ sick policies, click here. What is your facilities staff-to-child ratio? For many facilities, they will have a distinct answer, and for good reason. By law, there are different ratios per age group. Ideally, the ratio for children who are two to three years of age is 1:5; 1:7 for three to four-year-olds and 1:15 for five-year-olds. But like we said, every daycare facility is different. To learn about Little Newtons’ staff-to-child ratio, click here. Continue to learn more great questions you should be asking each daycare provider before you enroll in Maple Grove. Contact us online today to have your questions answered immediately. ...

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23 Mar Three to Six Years Old Sleep Cycle

Sleep is very important. Now, when you compare the sleep you get as an adult, to your young son or daughter, the difference in hours needed may astound you. In our previous posts, the leading daycare in Maple Grove, Little Newtons, started giving readers the information they crave: How much sleep does your toddler need? Three to Six Years Believe it or not, your child still needs about 12 to 14 hours of sleep per day/night to function well the next day. In order to recuperate properly, researchers all agree your child who is three to six-years-old will need an extra hour of sleep at night. You may be thinking, “How can I manage to get my toddler to take an hour nap and then sleep an additional 11 to 13 hours at night?” Well the answer is simple, take out the afternoon nap and give your toddler or young child a scheduled, consistent bedtime. We recommend your child is put to bed between 6:00 and 8:00 in the evening. Seven to 12 Years Your child is in school now, and they are likely experiencing many sorts of growth, both mentally and physically. Because your child is more active during this age, they do require more sleep when night falls. Researchers recommend allowing your child to sleep 10 to 11 hours at night. On average, parents agree bedtimes between 7:30 and 9:00 in the evening allow for the best amount of sleep. Parents, keep in mind, your child’s sleep affects their performance at school, attention, behavior, memory and more. Don’t go anywhere just yet, our daycare in Maple Grove has one more sleep cycle to provide to parents. To learn more about Little Newtons, browse our website or give us a call!...

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08 Mar Eight to 10 Month Sleep Cycle

Sleeping is a vital part of every kiddo’s childhood. Our daycare believes that if you want your kid to grow up to be big and strong, there are some things that you must know as a responsible parent: sleep cycles depend on age. We highly recommend that you learn more about how much sleep younger babies need by reading our previous posts. Continue reading below to learn about eight to 15 month old sleep cycles. Eight to 10 Months On a daily basis, kiddos under a year old need a lot of sleep, including naps. Naps are a great way to make sure your eight to 10 month old baby gets the required amount of sleep for developmental purposes. In fact, we recommend that you put your baby down for a nap at 9:00 AM and again at 1:00 PM. To keep your child on a regular sleep schedule that will keep him or her happy and developing properly, plan your child’s bedtime no later than three-and-a-half hours after the second nap ends; we recommend putting your child to bed anytime between 5:30 PM and 7:00 PM. 10 to 15 Months Your child should be starting the transition to only one nap in the afternoon. Although this transition may be difficult at first, it is necessary. Your child should only need 12 to 15 hours of sleep per day. So we recommend that your child’s bedtime be in the early afternoon. Their bedtime is best when set for four hours after your child wakes from their nap. A good bedtime for a 10 to 15 month old would be 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Don’t go anywhere just yet. Maple Grove’s leading daycare providers have another important sleep cycle blog post coming up next: 15 Months to Three Years Old Sleep Cycle....

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23 Jan Valentine’s Day Heart Crayons

Valentine's Day is well on its way! And with a major craft holiday full of Rudolphs and snowmen over, it's time to start thinking about what other crafts would be fun, such as Valentine's Day themed crafts. Every parent loves watching their children do what makes them happy, and nine times out of 10, crafts will do just that. Continue reading to learn what Valentine’s Day crafts preschools in your area are constructing. Heart Crayons Every kid loves coloring. Create Valentine’s Day crayons by peeling the paper off of the crayon and melting them. You’ll need to buy a box of crayons and silicone heart molds, both cupcake or candy molds work well. We recommend using silicone because the finished product will be easier to pop out of the mold when they’re cooled. Peel the crayons. Break each individual crayon up into about three or four pieces. Place the broken pieces into the molds. Set your oven to 250 to 275 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove the crayons from the oven and let them cool. Once the crayons have cooled, pop them out of the silicone mold and continue to let them cool. Some Tips: Mixing colors is fun but don’t mix more than a few so that your kiddos can still use and see the separate colors in each heart. Don’t turn your oven up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. If you decided to buy thicker crayons, increase the temperature of your oven by 10 degrees. You may have to wait a few minutes longer to get the finished product. Even though your children do plenty of arts and crafts at preschool, having their own crafts at home is great! Give your kiddos a Valentine’s Day craft they’ll appreciate. Stay tuned for more great Valentine’s Day crafts to try!...

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13 Jan Dress Your Tot Right!

You may not think that what your son or daughter wears to daycare in Maple Grove matters, but the fact of the matter is that it does! You don’t want your kiddo struggling to undress to go potty or feel like they’re restricted while they play. To gain some more tips on what not to dress your child in on daycare days, continue reading. Fancy bows, hats and barrettes are no-nos. Although we all love a little boy who’s wearing an adorable hat or the little girl who is fancier-than-ever with dazzling barrettes, they are only a setup for disaster. Leave the barrettes, bows and hats at home! Tots tend to pull on each others hair when there is something shiney in it. Pulled hair is painful and avoiding that situation as a whole is best. Same goes for a boy’s hat. Children will want to get their hands on whatever isn’t theirs, especially if it's new to them. Outfit your kiddo in a seasonally-correct wardrobe. Make sure that you’re providing your child with clothes that are appropriate for the season we’re in. Don’t send your child to daycare with shorts on in the winter and sweats on in the summer. Incorrectly dressed children can cause limitations to their day, like not being able to go outside and play when the temperature fluctuates. Dress your kiddo appropriately on days they’ll be at daycare in Maple Grove. Contact us online today if you have any questions or concerns....

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