Over the years during interviews parents have repeatedly expressed concerns or questions regarding how certain behaviors will be handled at Home Grown Kids Day Care. The goal of behavior management is to encourage a child to develop self-control, self-esteem, self-reliance and self-direction. These skills are taught by a variety of techniques which I often share in my quartile newsletters. Below are the answers to the most often asked questions by parents, dealing with how both desirable and undesirable behavior is managed at Home Grown Kids Day Care.
Do you have a daily routine or schedule at Home Grown Kids Day Care?
A routine is followed daily at Home Grown Kids Day Care. A routine/schedule is in essence how children tell time. By following a daily routine children are generally calmer, more secure in their environment and have a better understanding of time throughout the day
How do you handle nap/quiet time at Home Grown Kids Day Care?
Quiet time is an essential part of the day for all children. All children will have a quiet period of two hours. No child is forced to sleep, however they must respect quiet time. Older children will be allowed a Disney movie an/or books during this time period. All children will rest/remain on their mats.
Parents will generally find that by allowing a quiet time during the day, evenings have less meltdowns and run smoother and calmer for all family members.
Do you provide meals and snack or are parents required to bring them?
Proper nutrition for children is important for growing bodies and minds. When children are ready for table food a daily balanced lunch and two snacks are offered during the day. All baby food and bottles are to be provided by parents daily.
Food Allergies are also a going concern for children. The most common allergies are to nuts, fresh fruit ( usually strawberries), eggs (under one year of age), milk and some red dyes found in food. Please let me know if your child has any known allergies or they have not had the following food items, peanut butter, eggs, strawberries, and nuts/peanuts.
Food likes and dislikes are also often a concern for parents. At Home Grown Kids Day Care I deal with this issue in two ways. First, I generally offer a choice for several food items and secondly positive encouragement is used when trying new foods. (Especially vegetables)
How is potty training dealt with at Home Grown Kids Day Care ?
"To train or not to train," now that is the question. This seems to be a major concern for many parents and the advice or information parents have received is often confusing and conflicting.
Generally around the age of two I introduce a child to "potty training" Potty training should be a positive, consistent, experience for children, supported and encouraged by both the day care provider and the parents.
The best advice I can give parents is to take the child's lead, don't to push to hard and make it a positive experience. I can honestly say that in fifteen years of running a day care I have never sent a child to JK that has not been potty trained. Relax it will happen.