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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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30 Sep Solutions for Your Toddler’s Stress – Part 2

In our last blog post, we got started talking about a few of the reasons that young children experience stress. While we would rather there not be plenty more reasons that your child could wind up stressed at a young age, there are unfortunately more reasons that children undergo this stress. At Little Newtons, we do our absolute best to provide the best experience and exposure for your children so that they’re able to develop to the best of their abilities. In posting about these stressful factors, we hope to help you recognize when your child is under stress so that you can act accordingly before it becomes a bigger issue. Changes at Home Big changes become stressful for anyone, but when something is off in the only stable environment that children have, they’re aware of it. Whether it is something like a divorce, a big move that’s about to happen, a new birth or some other form of high anxiety experience in the household, your children can pick up on this energy. There isn’t any great way to avoid this stress from happening, especially since it’s difficult for adults to contain the stress they undergo. However, rather than let your child be exposed to it, do your best to discuss these stressful matters in private quarters where your child won’t ever have to pick up on something being wrong or out of the ordinary. It also helps to disclose that there may be a stressful environment at home to your child’s daycare teacher, just so that we can be aware and make note of any change in behavior that we see in the classroom. Too Busy for Their Own Good While our little ones aren’t walking around with a planner and a Blackberry, they are definitely still held to a schedule. Aside from the time spent at daycare, plenty of children are also spending their time participating in sporting events, attending religious services and still spending time with the family. When a child is too busy, they can become quickly irritated and can carry this mood into their everyday life. Sometimes the simple change in a schedule can be enough to create aggravation in a child’s life. Make sure to be conscious of your child’s tiredness levels and how easily they are sleeping at night. We can also keep an eye out on their napping and do our best to play a part in the rest that they’re getting. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Little Newtons is dedicated to providing your child with the best experience that they can possibly have at this age. We’re able to do that through our challenging curriculum and the environment that we create for them at our daycare. Make sure to check our blog out on a regular basis so that we can continue to provide you with helpful information and guidance on what your child is experiencing at this age. We can’t wait to see what your child can become after they settling into our daycare center....

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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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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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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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09 Jul How To Survive Your Child’s First Month In Daycare – Part 2

In our last blog post we touched on how difficult the first month of daycare can be, for the parents. While you may be in denial about how difficult of a time you’re having leaving your little one at daycare, we know the truth. If the tips in our last post have lessened the pain of having to say goodbye, but haven’t quite eliminated it, you’re in luck. Here are a few more things that you can do so that goodbye isn’t so hard. Take Advantage of Your Time Alone This little bit of information is always easier said than done, especially if it’s your first child that you’re dropping off at daycare. While you may shed a tear or two as you say goodbye, the truth is that you are now going to experience some alone time. While it may not seem that way while you’re workin away, or even if you’re simply at home, the truth is that every adult needs alone time. After countless nights of checking on the baby, every adult needs to take advantage of whatever time they get. Take an hour to go to the gym, read a book, watch a movie or call a friend. In the end, you won’t regret taking the time love yourself a little. Create A New Routine Like we just stated, it’s not a bad thing to enjoy your alone time, we all need it. Creating a new routine will help you feel better about your child being at daycare all day, but will also provide you with a purpose throughout the day. As you create your new routine, make sure to plan out time so that you can have some family time as well as alone time, it all comes down to balance. While dropping your child off at daycare may seem like the end of the world, you’ll notice that after the first few days, maybe weeks for some, it will get better. You can trust that your little one is in safe hands here at Little Newton’s in Champlin....

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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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14 Jun Read Participation Books To Keep Your Child Engaged

Books are a great tool to use to teach kids many different aspects of life. Whether you’re trying to teach your kiddo how to use their imagination, or you’re teaching them the colors of the rainbow, using books is one of the best ways to accomplish this. In our last blog, the leading child care center located in Champlin, Little Newtons, gave parents and guardians a type of book to purchase: Picture storybooks; however, there are more types of amazing books out there you must know! Types of books to read to your young child: Participation Books Children love interacting with their parents, and anyone for that matter. If you’re wanting to give your child a chance to interact with you, it’s important you buy the right book for the job. Participaction books, although another type of storybook, are a wonderful tool, and these books ask children to participate. Participation books will suggest actions, such as asking your children to clap their hands, cover their eyes or touch their toes. Another type of participation book children highly enjoy are Lift-the-Flap books. Specifically interacting with the book itself makes children excited to learn what’s to come. New discoveries are fun for kids, and for parents too! Participation books we suggest you read include the following: Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Caulery Spot Goes to the Park by Eric Hill Enroll your child and get to know the books we have! To learn more about the books our child care center in Champlin provides its kiddos, give us a call! We’re more than happy to give you a list of books we read, as well as accept suggestions....

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03 Jun Reading Is Not a Chore, It’s a Habit

Growing up is fun and exciting, yet, there are plenty of times throughout school when reading doesn’t seem like a habit, it acts as a chore. This is mainly due to the fact that you were not read to growing up like you should have been. In our previous posts, we started giving parents some reasons why reading to their children is so beneficial. If you’re just joining us, we highly recommend you read the benefits, then continue reading today’s post! So, without further ado, here’s how you can make reading not a chore, but a habit. Reading is highly beneficial to children, especially as they grow older. Did you know that the earlier you start reading to your child, the better? Think back to when you were in school; did you ever skip out on reading chapters in the novel you were assigned to read as homework? If so, you can bet that it was because you didn’t read enough when you were younger. Studies have revealed that the earlier exposure to reading books, with an adult and alone, can aid in wanting to read when growing older. Instead of reading being a chore, it’ll hopefully become a habit! Plus, you’ll reap many of the previous benefits too! Let us read to your kiddo at the leading child care center in Champlin. It’s time to learn more about our child care program in Champlin. We are a child care center that thrives on interacting with your child, including reading. To learn more about our program and the books we read to the kids, we encourage you to reach out to us! ...

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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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