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Day Care Sanitation Guidelines

Day Care Sanitation Guidelines As parents of small children in day care know, sanitation is a number one concern when deciding which child care facility to use.  Small children are more susceptible to diseases caused by germs than adults are.  
 
This is especially true in Ohio during the winter months because people are in such close proximity with windows closed to keep the cold out.  Because of this, parents need to know how well their day care center is being sanitized.
 
While the sanitation guidelines may vary from city to city, county to county, and state to state, there are some basic rules that are the same across the board when it comes to day care cleanliness.  
 
Cleaning and maintaining a safe environment is the main goal.  Each employee on staff at the child care center is responsible for cleaning and looking for any potentially hazardous situations and attempting to prevent exposing the children in their care to danger.  
 
Main areas of concern are lavatories, diaper changing stations, and areas set aside for children who become ill.  All surfaces throughout the center should be hard and nonporous and easily cleaned.  
 
Each diaper changing station must include hand washing area for child care center employees to use at each diaper changing.  Lavatories should be free from clutter and the fixtures should be well maintained and clean.  Spills should be cleaned up immediately with a sanitizing solution.  
 
In the ill child areas, the cot, vomit receptacle, and any toys or other objects must be cleaned and sanitized after an ill child has finished using the area.  Other children must be kept away from both the ill child and the ill child area.
 
Ohio State guidelines for sanitation are very specific and strict.  Everything from the playground equipment to eating areas to the lavatories are covered in detail.  The regulations, which are distributed to the centers, go into great detail on how to properly clean an area to ensure germs are killed and the children are kept out of harm's way.
 
Parents can be assured that there are a set of regulations pertaining to the cleanliness of the center where they choose to send their children for care and it it monitored by the state.

 

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SIDS Prevention Child Care

SIDS Prevention and Child Care

 

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Help Spread The Word About SIDS

In the last few decades Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, also known as SIDS., has become a serious problem around the world. In the United States alone thousands of infants have died due to SID'S. Some of them have died while in Child Care.

While the number of deaths has been declining in the last decade, parents and childcare providers should know about SID'S Prevention. It could save the life of their child.

What is SIDS?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the unexpected, sudden death, of a child under the age of 1 in which an autopsy does not show an explainable cause of death.

Death happens unexpectedly, quickly, and without any warning. One disturbing fact is that SIDS is the leading cause of death among children under the age of 12 months. Researchers are still trying to discover what causes it.

SIDS Prevention Tips

There are SIDS Prevention measures that a parent can take to reduce the chances of this happening to their baby.

One thing a caregiver can do is to place the baby on their back, or on their side, when putting them in a crib. Furthermore, it is imperative that a child's bedding not be too soft and that a tight fitted sheet is used over the mattress.

Another thing that can be done to insure the baby breathes properly is to keep the infant in the same room as the caregiver. Notice that this is not the same thing as sleeping with the caregiver in the same bed, which could also lead to SIDS.

Keeping the baby close the caregiver but not in the same bed allows parents to keep a watchful eye on the baby while it is sleeping. Moreover, they will be able to get to the child quicker if they notice it is is not breathing.

Another good SIDS Prevention tip is to be alert about what the baby wears to bed. It is best for infants to wear clothes that allow them to get the proper circulation, but still remain warm. A newborn should be kept warm, but not overheated.

If a blanket is used then it is best to keep the blanket on the lower half of the baby's body. Then, set the ambient room tempreture high enough for the child to stay warm and comfortable.

Remember, don't bring the blanket all the way up to the child's chin because the blanket could end up covering the baby's head.

SIDS Awareness

Many people are not aware of the SIDS Prevention techniques available. For this reason, information about SIDS should be freely spread among parents and child care providers. Anything that can be done to stop sudden infant death syndrome should be first in a caregiver's mind --especially during those first 12 months of the baby's life.

Therefore, if someone knows a person who has just had a baby they are urged to share the SIDS Prevention strategies listed below.

The following items have been linked to a baby's increased risk of SIDS and should be considered when preventing sids in newborns:

  • Sleeping on stomach

  • Cigarette smoke - Second hand and during pregnancy

  • Sleeping in the same bed as parents

  • Overly soft bedding

  • Multiple birth babies

  • Premature birth babies

  • A brother or sister who had SIDS

  • Mothers who smoke or use illegal drugs

  • Being born to a teen mother

  • Short time period between pregnancies

  • Late or no prenatal care

  • Living in poverty situations           

Preventing SIDS is not difficult, however, it does take an effort on the part of parents and day care providers to stay aware and to learn about the suggestions listed above. Using the right precautions can help parents and child care centers insure that the newborns under their care survive the first year of life.
 
How many children die from SIDS while in child care?
 
It is rather difficult to locate the exact figure of SIDS deaths in a child care settings because there are no standard reporting procedures on infant deaths that happen in day care setting.
 
Suffice to say that,

The death of an infant in a day care setting affects the family, but also shocks the child care providers.

A SIDS death intimately impacts on the providers and their families as well as on the other children in their care and the parents of these children. Such a crisis situation presents special problems and concerns for all involved and necessitates a variety of interventions.

"As family day care providers, we are a special group, and we form bonds with other people's children." --Jackie Slade, "A Provider's Greatest Fear: SIDS"

General emergency procedures for SIDS in a Childcare setting

  1. Dial 911 or the emergency telephone number in your area.
  2. Begin CPR (if you are alone, begin CPR FIRST, and call after a minute or so).
  3. Notify the baby's parents of the crisis
  4. Contact an emergency child care backup person to care for the other children.
  5. Do not disturb the scene of death.
  6. Prepare to talk with law enforcement officers, a coroner or medical examiner, and licensing and insurance agencies.
  7. Document the entire sequence of events.
  8. Obtain and complete necessary forms, including medical forms, as soon as possible.
SIDS Alliance:

A National organization and support group for families who have suffered the loss of a child from sudden infant death syndrome.

1-800-221-SIDS

From all of us at Janasko Insurance, we hope the SIDS Prevention Information presented here is helpful for parents and Child Care Centers.
 
We would also like to help day care providers and Child Care Centers lower their insurance premium by up to 37%. To find out more simply fill out the form above on the left or follow this LINK.
 

 

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Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning At A Daycare Center

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning At A Daycare Center

 
Silent but deadly; Although that phrase has a humorous connotation, when it comes to carbon monoxide poisoning it is not at all far from the truth.
 
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and poisonous gas that cannot be detected without a device kmown as a CO Detector.
 
CO is produced as a byproduct of combustion from cars, fireplaces, gas stoves, gas water heaters, and the like. In other words, it is produced and discharged by the incomplete burning of fuel, such as propane, kerosene, gasoline, oil, natural gas, wood and charcoal.
 
Whenever this byproduct of combustion is not vented properly a dangerous concentration of carbon monoxide gas builds up. This build up of gas is what causes carbon monoxide poisoning. For this reason it is wise for home baby sitters and childcare facility operators to understand what it is and how to prevent it.
 
Since carbon monoxide poisoning is usually not newsworthy, much of the public is not cognizant of the dangers that carbon monoxide poses to the interior of homes and businesses like daycare centers.
 
The under reported truth is that more than 20,000 individuals are treated for over-exposure to carbon monoxide every year. Some of them are children at childcare centers.
 
Similarly, each year averages 61,000 carbon monoxide incidents. And, last but not least, the scariest statistic of them all is nearly 500 people die from this silent but deadly killer every year. 89% of these incidents occur in the safety of someone's home or business.
 
Fortunately, the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning can be curbed through the use of carbon monoxide detectors. A close cousin of smoke alarms, these detectors can protect kids while they are at a childcare center against the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. However, they are not reliable in all situations.
 
For instance, when a CO detector is placed near a corner or where there is poor air circulation it is not likely the alarm will go off properly. Also, when a detector does not receive proper maintenance there is a very good chance it will not be in good enough condition to detect the correct carbon monoxide levels. And of course, if the unit is battery operated the cells will need to be checked and replaced periodically.
 
For these reasons, it is not enough to rely on technology to keep you and the kids under your care safe from carbon monoxide poisoning. Everyone should know and recognize the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. The symptoms are:
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Chest Pain
  • Confusion
  • Respiratory Problems
  • Neurological Problems
  • Loss Of Consciousness
Neurological problems and loss of consciousness are the two most dangerous symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning at a daycare center because they can lead to death.
 
Therefore, if you or anyone near you seems to be experiencing any of the symptoms above it is imperative to evacuate the child care center immediately and then call 911.
 
Becoming aware of the dangers that carbon monoxide poisoning presents to safety is the first step toward living without its danger. More resources and further information about carbon monoxide can be easily found in various places on the Internet.
Here links to some good resources:
 
 
 
 
Becoming an educated childcare provider is the first step toward preventing the build up of carbonaceous fumes and the resulting heath hazards associated with them. Buildings such as a day care facility should be well ventilated and inspected regularly for carbon gas leaks.
 
In conclusion, understanding how to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning at a daycare center is as simple as installing the proper gas detector in all rooms, having routine maintenance done on all fuel burning mechanical systems, and staying alert for the symptoms mentioned above.
 
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What Are The Best Head Start Child-Care Centers in Ohio?

The Best Head Start Child-Care Centers in Ohio
Eight out of the ten best Child-Care Centers in Summit County have received Ohio’s maximum quality rating. They are called Head Start programs and they are operated by Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. The other two achievers are 1) The Summa Early Education Learning Center and 2) The Goddard School.
 
These ten facilities have established a 3-star, Step-Quality rating, which is the state's voluntary quality rating system for child-care businesses licensed with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. One-star, two-star, and three-star agencies have surpassed the state of Ohio licensing standards.
 
Community Action. Inc. offers exciting early education and early childhood growth programs for children, plus a fitness program, a diet program and various other family development services, to roughly 1,600 low-income children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.
 
People don't always understand what a Head Start child-care center is, explains Alice Marie Ohlin, site supervisor at the Waterloo and Robinson Head Start sites. Head Start is a federally funded early childhood education plan specially crafted for low-income families.  
 
She goes on to say: We offer the very best services in the state. Our child-care centers go beyond what the state of Ohio is asking us to do. In other words, we are giving them the best of the best ---every day.
 
The three-star rated child-care centers also meet or exceed Ohio’s standards for small classroom education, as well as authoratative staff training. This is in addition to the quality curriculum, monitoring programs, protection plans and early screenings for childhood development problems.
 
More than half of the Head Start staffers have completed their bachelor’s degree while many others are working toward their degree this summer. This means that quite a few of the staff members will be completing a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and Family Child Development.
 
The following best Head Start Centers in Ohio have received the prestigious three-star quality rating:
 
  • Arlington
  • Cedar Head
  • Five Points I and II
  • Macedonia
  • Waterloo
  • Robinson
  • Portage Path
 
Oak Creek and Calico, have received accreditation with the National Education of Young Children Association, which has an even higher standard than the state's three-star state rating, officials said.
 
For parents of youngsters in the Ohio area, Head Start Day Care programs are known as the premiere early education centers for parents meeting the federal poverty level criteria, says Costa.
 
Do you own a daycare business or are you thinking about opening a Head Start Child Care Center in Ohio? Give Janasko Agency a call at 440-245-6268 or fill out the more information box above on the left.
 
Their expert staff has the experience you need to get your new business up and running. They can also explain how to affordably insure or protect your new Head Start Child-Care Center in Ohio.
 
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The Best Arts And Crafts For Child Care Center Kids

The Best Arts And Crafts For Child Care Center
 
Many people wonder what the best arts and crafts for child care center are. Simply read on to find out what the best ones are.
 
 
Fairy Tale Themed Crafts
There are plenty of fairy tale themed crafts that are considered to be the best arts and crafts for child care center. Coloring books and paper puppets tend to be the best. Kids will enjoy coloring in fairy tale themed places as well as characters. There are also many paper puppets that are modeled on many of the world's most famous fairy tales and folk legends. Fairy tale themed crafts are found in child care centers all over the world, and that is because they are some of the best arts and crafts for child care center employees to have on hand.
 
 
Animal And Insect Crafts
Animal crafts are some of the best arts and crafts for child care center, as well as for in-home child care providers. Animal crafts, such as insect crafts will allow kids to create insects such as butterflies and ladybugs to name just  a few. Usually there will be many types of animal crafts at a child care center, and this is because kids find them fun, interesting and they learn about different types of animals and insect crafts. Kids learn a lot of things about insects and other animals when they get their hands on animal and insect crafts.
 
 
Gardening Crafts
Gardening crafts are also some of the best arts and crafts for child care center employees to have in their center. There are many types of gardening crafts that are found in centers. Some crafts are meant for to be colored in by kids, such as a gardening tool set for example. Then there are crafts that are aimed at teaching kids how to garden by having kids put them together and then planting their very own garden.
 
 
Climate Crafts
Climate or weather related crafts are also some of the most commonly found crafts at child care center around the world. Rainbow crafts and snowflake crafts are two of the most popular crafts that kids in child care centers enjoy working on. They learn how to create a rainbow or snowflake using a variety of materials. They get to learn about snow and what snow is, as well as rainbows, if that is the craft they are working on. There are many types of climate and weather crafts that centers may have.
 
 
As anybody can see there are a lot of crafts out there. However, the ones mentioned above seem to be the best arts and crafts for child care center employees to use in their center. These crafts are very common, but they are also very useful.

How To Prevent “Flesh-Eating” Bacteria At Daycare Centers

How To Prevent "Flesh-Eating" Bacteria At Daycare Centers
 
Children can become quickly ill at a daycare center. All one needs to do is observe how simple coughs and colds can spread. This is why daycare center operators take their cleaning routine serious. They want to do everything they can to prevent the spread of germs by using a quality disinfectant on hard surfaces, bleach in the laundry, and antibacterial soap to wash hands.
 
Another concern at daycare centers is the spread of bacterial infections --like Strep. Streptococcal pharyngitis, streptococcal tonsillitis, or streptococcal sore throat, is a type of pharyngitis caused by a group A streptococcal infection. It affects the pharynx including the tonsils and possibly the larynx. Common symptoms include fever, sore throat, and enlarged lymph nodes. It is the cause of 37% of sore throats among children
 
However, what most people do not know is that there is also a very dangerous and agressive form of Strep known as necrotizing fasciitis, or ‘flesh eating bacteria’. This is why child care providers need to know How To Prevent "Flesh-Eating" Bacteria At Daycare Centers.
 
Necrotizing fasciitis is a bacterial infection that agressivly attacks the soft tissue of the body. It also ravishes the fascia, which is the sheath of tissue covering the muscle layers below.
 
In order for a person to get an NF infection, the bacteria must be introduced into the body. This typically involves a minor trauma. However, a mixed bacterial infection can and does happen after surgery. But typically, a person has an, abrasion, contusion, scrape, cut, or other kind of opening in the skin that allows the bacteria to enter. Nonetheless, spontaneous cases been reported.
 
Recently, a Georgia college student named Aimee Copeland contracted necrotizing fasciitis after falling during an outting. The fall left a gash in her left calf, which is believed to be the entry point for the necrotizing fasciitis. Within days her left leg amputated and she was near death. Therefore, knowing how to prevent "flesh-eating" bacteria at a daycare center is vital to the safety and well being of the children under care.
 

The National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation has released the following tips on How To Prevent "Flesh-Eating" Bacteria At Daycare Centers:

 
  • Frequent Hand-Washing
  • Immediate Medical Treatment For Wounds
  • Thorough Cleansing Of A Wound
  • Using An Antibacterial Ointment
  • Limited Contact With Anyone Having A Strep Infection
  • Teaching Children The Need For Cleanliness
 
"The single biggest preventative measure though, is keeping the skin intact," the foundation says. Therefore, day care operators should always be on the lookout for sharp objects and other items that can cut the skin.
 
As usual, wiping down hard surfaces with a bleach and water solution goes a long way toward killing most bacteria including Strep. The most important thing to do, however, is to follow closely a regular cleaning schedule and to be through.
 

We hope these tips on How To Prevent "Flesh-Eating" Bacteria At Daycare Centers is helpful.

Indemnity Coverage For Child Care Providers

You should always have good workers for a day care center that have passed a security check. They should all be finger printed and should be free from any arrest records. Everyone wants the best care for his or her children. No one wants to take chances with the children’s care. A good daycare center will do all of the background checks and finger printing on the people that work for them. They should also monitor their workers.

The same thing goes for insurance coverage for child care and child care providers. If your company is taking care of other’s children, you should always have insurance. Children getting hurt on playgrounds or falling down while running are common mishaps. These things happen no matter how good a care provider is watching the children. Parents sometimes do not believe the children were supervised adequately, if there is an injury. A daycare center, or child care in home should invest in the indemnity coverage for child care and workers. Ohio has fantastic day care and in-home care centers that offer excellent childcare and each of these have the indemnity coverage in case of accidents.

Children tend to fall off toys or playground equipment, fall when running or are hit or bit by other children. Parents do not understand that this happens while someone is watching the child and will cause problems with the child care center. A good insurance plan will cover children while they are at the day care. Some policies offer at home-continued coverage, paid for by the parents. The day care center will need to make sure that all of the children are safe and if accident happens, the day care will be responsible for the medical bills incurred.

Child care is a dangerous thing without insurance coverage. People sue every day if their child is injured while at day care. The day care center would be responsible to pay any medical bills that came with the child injured while in their care. Insurance coverage can cover things that happen, even the things that send the child to the hospital or doctor’s office. If a child falls off the monkey bars and breaks their arm, someone is responsible. Someone has to pay when the child has to go to the hospital to get his or her arm checked. The parents feel this is the responsibility of the child care or in-home care center in Ohio. Indemnity coverage for children’s care.

It is not uncommon for folks owning a daycare business to have their Indemnity bill slashed by almost 40%

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Nutritious and affordable snack ideas for child care centers

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Most folks realize that proper nutrition can equal a longer and healthier life. Even childcare centers are choosing healthy snacks and meals for their kids now because they know that proper nutrition should begin early in life. Healthy snacks for child care centers are easy to prepare these days, but they are actually more affordable when compared to packaged and processed food. In other words, healthy snacks for kids can be more affordable and faster to prepare while also providing better nutrition.

Take for instance cheese. It is a great snack ideas for child care owners. Bite sized pieces of cheddar, mozzarella, Colby, or other flavors of cheese, can be placed on whole grain crackers for a great tasting nutritious snake, This is a protein rich kid-friendly snack that keeps their energy levels high until next meal time. A variation is to serve cubes of low fat cheese along with salt free pretzels. For a fun time let the kids cut their cheese into different kind of shapes.

Another great tasting, healthy snack is almonds. Technically, almonds are a fruit. They grow on a species of tree belonging to the family of Rosaceae. The most notable fact about almonds is they contain about 25 g per 100 grams of Vitamin E, which is about 170% of the recommended daily allowance. One of the best ways to serve them to kids is by letting them make their own butter. All is needed is a food processor. In addition, another health benefit is they are high in the B-complex groups of vitamins such as, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, vitamin B-6, and folate. Moreover, some studies suggest they can help to keep weight down as well as help to control blood sugar. All this makes them one of the best healthy snacks for kids at a child care center.

More healthy snacks for child care facilities include wholesome fruits like apples, pears and bananas. These can be sliced into bite size pieces and then dipped in peanut butter. As unusual as that sounds, most kids love fruit slices and peanut butter and the combination is loaded with vital nutrients and enzymes. Best of all, they are an affordable snack ideas for childcare centers.

Below are some snack ideas for child care centers

  1. 5 olives (any kind) (45 calories)
  2. 2 oz Honey Turkey Breast(80 calories)
  3. 1/4 cup hummus, 3 carrot sticks (80 calories)
  4. 1 Multigrain Crispbread topped with 1 tbsp avocado and 1 tbsp hummus (80 calories)
  5. 6 steamed medium asparagus spears topped with 1 tablespoon toasted almond slivers (80 calories)
  6. 1/4 cup black beans combined with 1 tbsp salsa, 1 tbsp cottage cheese and 1/2 tbsp guacamole; savor with 4 celery stalks (80 calories)
  7. 1/4 cup 1/4-inch-thick cucumber slices, tossed with 3 oz nonfat plain yogurt, 2 tsp chopped cashews, 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp finely chopped fresh dill (80 calories)
  8. 1/2 slice whole-wheat toast brushed with 1/2 tsp olive oil, topped with 1 tbsp Greek yogurt and a mixture of 3 tbsp diced tomatoes with a pinch of chopped garlic and basil (80 calories)
  9. One 1-oz package tuna jerky (90 calories)
  10. 1 oz buffalo mozzarella, 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes (94 calories)
  11. 1 cup unshelled edamame (120 calories)
  12. 25 Vegetable Chips (140 calories)
  13. 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds in shell (143 calories) is one of the best snack ideas for child care owners
  14. 2 pieces (30 grams) prosciutto, 4 dried figs (154 calories)
  15. 9 cashews (180 calories)
  16. 8 oz plain yogurt (110 calories, 0 g fat)
  17. 10 frozen grapes (20 calories)
  18. 1/2 banana rolled in 1 tbsp frozen semisweet chocolate chips (123 calories) is a
  19. 2 tbsp Better 'n Peanut Butter, 4 stalks celery (124 calories)
  20. 1 candy apple with coconut shavings (130 calories)
  21. 1/2 cup sliced pears with marshmallow cream topping (139 calories)
  22. 1 cup apple slices dipped in 2 tbsp caramel topping (160 calories)
  23. 1 vanilla-almond shake: Blend 1/2 cup skim milk with 1/2 cup frozen yogurt and 1 drop almond extract (165 calories)
  24. 3/4 cup warm apple sauce (165 calories)
  25. Add 1 cup low-fat chocolate milk with the healthy snacks for child care to complete the nutrition.
We hope these snack ideas for child care centers help you provide affordable nutrition for the children under your care. To protect them better why now send for free information on affordable liability insurance for childcare centers. This is the best in the industry at nearly 40 percent off what you may be paying now.

Example Menu For Daycare Centers

Best Nutrition Using Example Menu for Daycare Centers

The truth is about one in five children in the United States is considered obese. This condition can lead to other health problems like diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Part of the problem is what kids are eating. Therefore, it is wise for a childcare center to follow an example menu for daycare centers.

Nowadays primary and secondary schools are working hard to provide healthier food choices by using example menus. Menus can be found at places like the National Food Service Management Institute. They offer a wide range of information and training on early childhood nutrition too. In fact, they even have free archives and example menus for daycare facilities.

In addition, they also provide lessons on menu preparation, which includes how to expand meals and use a cycle menu, how to link menu development to grocery purchasing, and how to produce healthful, nourishing menus that meet USDA CACFP Meal Pattern requirements.

More recommendations come from the Institute of Medicine. They say consuming more fresh fruits and vegetables, with no fried foods, and no Trans fats is the key to good health. One percent milk is also recommended for children over two, along with more whole grains at each meal.

Another consideration is removing processed foods. They are nearly devoid of nutrients and vital enzymes because of the manufacturing processing. While these types of foods are convenient, they are not always going to be the healthiest. Therefore, it is better to have whole fresh foods for the kids rather than packaged, canned, or pre-cooked meals. A good example menu for daycare centers will have fresh and whole foods listed only.

More model menus for daycare facilities include a rotation schedule of the same meals. This helps daycare owners control their food costs while also providing healthy varieties. For instance, there is the 21-Day case set of choices for daycare meals. The Child Food Program has some great ideas. For those folks that want an ever-broader range of meals there is the 6-week Example Menus for daycare.

Owning a childcare center is not easy. However, with the right system and a little bit of planning a daycare operator can provide their children with the best meals possible while sticking to their budget. All they have to do is be a smart shopper and take advantage of the many free archives and example menus for daycare facilities.

Another way they can save money is by shopping for better insurance. The folks at Janasko Agency have collaborated with West Bend to help daycare owners save on their coverage. In many cases, they can save up to 37.5 percent per year. Use the more information box on the right to receive more info.

Day care schedule example

Example schedule at child care center

It is important to post a daily schedule at your child care center showing what will be taking place during the day. Only deviate from the schedule period because the children are making progress or are interested in a paticular subject. In such cases it is acceptable to rearrange the schedule. However, this should only be done on occasion.

The reason why maintaining a schedule is important is because young children learn by being consistant. They need to know when play time, snack time, and learning time, is. Even nap time should be on a regular schedule. They may not know that play time is at 11 A.M., but they will remember what activity follows another.

Using schedules at a childcare center also adds structure to each child's day and helps the teacher mainain control while maxamizing each child's learning potential. Below is an example schedule.

7 to 8 A.M - Free Style Play Time at tables with toys, puzzles and games. Group children by age.
8 A.M to 8:30 A.M. Breakfast
8:30 A.M to 9 A.M. Coloring, Cutouts, creativity games
9 A.M. to 9:30 A.M. Music, singing, story telling
9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Arts and Crafts
10:30 A.M. to 11 A.M. Learning. Numbers and Letters, Flash Cards, etc.
11 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. Inside games
11:30 to 12 P.M Lunch
12 to to 12:30 P.M Story Telling
12:30 to 1 P.M Outside play and Inside games
1 to 3 P.M. Nap Time
3 to 3:30 P.M Snacks and Reading
3:30 to 4 P.M. Free Play
4 to 4:30 P.M. Table toys
4:30 to 5 P.M. Outside play and Inside games

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