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04 Oct The Big Difference Between Daycare & Preschool

There are so many factors that go into how our children develop. Parents really come to term with this once they’ve had their first child, and at times it can take beyond the second and third to really gain an idea of what is beneficial for a child. At Little Newtons, we are always looking to improve our methods and techniques to the competitive expectations that life requires of individuals. In this challenge, we have perfect a curriculum that has allowed for us to enhance the learning experience that your child gets and the individual that they grow to become, but it can be difficult knowing what program is right for your child. We offer a selection of programs for you to enroll in, but here are a few of the key differences for you to be aware of when determining which of these programs are going to be the best fit. Similarities Between the Two While there are a few differences between preschool and daycare, we figured that we would start with the similarities. Because both of our programs focus on excellence and challenge education, there are quite a bit of similarities, but where they differ makes a difference too. Here are some of the most basic similarities. Both challenge growth mentally and socially Both will have your child in a group of children their age The group with rarely be more than 20 children Half and full day are options for both A licensed professional providing around the clock care A Breakdown of Daycare Daycare is going to be the best option for children that are younger, this means children from 0 years to 2 years old. At times there are 2-year-olds that will be advanced enough to move on to preschool to continue to develop their skills. That being said, daycare is much more about providing care to children during the times where their primary caregiver is unable to. The time spent at daycare is going to be spent with activities that pass the time, rather than a lesson plan like preschool. A Breakdown of Preschool Preschool is going to be perfect for any children between the ages of 2 ½ and 5 to 6 years old. The preschool program at Little Newtons is built around a curriculum that is intended to provide these young students with the tools that they need to grow into the education system. That means that they will continue to use as they go into kindergarten and beyond. The lessons that they learn will vary in both the foundations of their education but also in the way that they develop socially. These programs are offered in both half day and full day options, depending on what your child is accustomed to and what you think will be best suited for them. We are an extremely competitive preschool in the curriculum that we have designed, and that is something that can provide your child with much more in the long run than a standard preschool that doesn’t draw focus to these aspects of a child’s life. The programs that we offer prioritize your children and the things that they need to succeed. Learn more about the daycare and preschool curriculum that we offer at our facility and allow for us to provide you with a tour. We would be more than happy to give you a glimpse into what your child’s care would look like here at Little Newton's daycare and preschool in Maple Grove. We can’t wait to see you stop by! As always make sure to keep up to date with our blog and see what other fun topics we’ll be covering in the weeks to come....

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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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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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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 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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03 Jul The Perfectly Packed Bag For Daycare – Part 3

Hello again! Welcome to the final part of this blog series. If you’ve followed thus far, you’ve learned about why packing diapers, bibs, burping towels, blankets and extra clothes are so important for every kiddo that is headed to daycare. While it may seem that we’ve covered it all, there are two more items that will always be helpful for your child in daycare. Without further ado, here are the last two items that you should be packing into your child’s daycare bag. Bottles One of the absolute must haves for your little one at daycare is a bottle. Just as with diapers and the other essentials, bottles should be packed based on the amount of time that your child will be in daycare. If they are planning on being there for a full day, you need to make sure that you have enough, if not a little bit extra, milk or formula to keep your baby content through the day. A hungry baby is never a happy baby, so this is another instance where it is much better to over prepare than to under prepare. Sheets or Blankets Nap time is a staple in the daycare routine. We’re able to provide your baby with the supplies they need to get a good nap in, but we do ask that you bring in a sheet for us to put on top of the mat or inside of the crib. This makes it easier to wash sheets and keep them from getting mixed up within a daycare. It also provides a sense of comfort to your little one, making it easier for them to get comfortable for a nap. Always consider the material that you’re bringing in and how it relates to the season; fleece will always be a better match for the cooler seasons while like materials are great for summer. We have finally completed the list of essentials for your daycare bag. Each of these items truly will make a difference for your little one while they stay with us. Be it a half or a full day, coming in prepared will make a difference in the way that they adapt and the way that they act when they go home with you. For any further questions about any of these essentials or any questions regarding other supplies you think may be suitable to bring to daycare, call the Little Newton office. We are the leading daycare in Plymouth and would be more than happy to help you along this new journey! That’s it for today, check back frequently to see what other topics we cover here!...

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27 Jun The Perfectly Packed Bag For Daycare – Part 2

Welcome back to the Little Newton's blog post! If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, then you know that our current topic of discussion is properly packing a daycare bag! In our last blog post we covered the ideal amount of diapers to pack for a day at daycare, as well as why a few extra pairs of clothes can make all the difference. Today, we are going to cover two more essentials to every daycare bag as well as why we believe them to be an absolute must for your child to have access to while at daycare. Blanket or Teddy When babies have a tough time falling asleep at night, we comfort them by giving them a blankie or a teddy bear. Once this bond is made, it’s pretty hard to break. When your child comes to daycare, it only makes sense that they have access to the teddy or blanket that provides them with comfort. Being able to find that comfort in the classroom keeps your child from getting fussy and allows for them to develop a routine, which is one of the primary necessities as a child grows and continues on in daycare. Whether it be a teddy, a blanket, or both, we do strongly suggest at least bringing one item that your child consoles for comfort so that nap times run smoother. Bibs or Burping Towels Every good meal ends with a burp, and if it doesn’t, it ends with a bigger mess. We love those tiny little burps, but it definitely saves a mess when we’re able to tuck a nice bib in during the meal and use one of your burping towels immediately after. When you pack burping towels, consider how long your child is going to be at daycare. We suggest packing one for each meal, simply in case their little burps call for a bigger mess. We aren’t done yet. There are a few more essentials to double check for. We’ll be back in the next couple of days to dive into yet another two items that we love to see in the bags of our daycare students. See you next time!...

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23 Jun The Perfectly Packed Bag For Daycare – Part 1

In our last blog post we briefly went over how beneficial packing a bag for daycare can be. From the times that your child has an accident and needs a new pair of clothes to the times that they’re upset crying and asking for their favorite stuffed bear, packing a bag allows us to be the best possible care providers for your child, simply by being prepared. If you are dropping your kiddo off at daycare, these are a few of things to include in your bag, regardless of their age. Diapers This is one of the things that parents always remember to pack, but won’t always pack enough of. Diapers are an essential to the comfort of your child, and if while we are often able to improvise in the instance that your child doesn’t have enough, it doesn’t help us to be under prepared for an accident or too many dirty diapers. We suggest anywhere between 8 to 10 diapers for a full day at daycare. It doesn’t hurt to pack a few extra. Extra Clothes Let’s face it, as adults we still have accidents where our shirts end up with lunch or coffee displayed on them, so can you imagine what the life of a baby is like? We suggest bringing at least two or three extra outfits each week just in case. If your child does have an accident, it helps to bring an extra pair of clothes to replace that set. Many parents are accustomed to bringing one set of extra clothes each day their child goes to daycare, but there are definitely days where more than one spare pair of clothes is used, so keeping 3 sets with us is never a bad idea. These two crucial components of your daycare bag will definitely make our life easier, but there is so much more that you can help us out with. Check back in a couple of days to see what other essential items you should be packing in your child's daycare bag....

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