CHILDCARE TIPS FOR HOME
We believe that caring for children doesn't just take a family; it takes a village. That is why we encourage parents to implement techniques from the centre into their home. Keeping consistent routines between the centre and home can promote stability and consistency in a child’s life. We encourage families to share any tips and tricks they use at home too!
Transitions - When a child moves from a quiet activity to an intense activity, or going from one activity to the next. Transitions can sometimes be difficult, especially when a child is enjoying what they are doing at the moment. Examples of transitions and centre techniques include:
AT HOME TRANSITIONS AND CENTER TECHNIQUES
Getting ready to leave the house
-We redirect and distract children giving ample warning of what is happening next. -We allow for lots of time to get dressed. -Make the task into a game.
-Involve children in our plans through conversation and enthusiasm, giving them something to look forward to.
(e.g., “Today were going to grandma’s house. You can be the first one to give her a hug when we arrive!” or “Were going to the grocery store. You can be the one to pick the apples!”)
Putting away toys before bedtime
-Sing a favorite song together and make it a challenge to see how many toys you can put away before finishing the song.
-Label toy boxes with pictures of items on them to help when cleaning up. This makes putting toys away a lot easier, because children understand where things go!
Turning off the television or computer
-Set a time limit together and clear expectations for children
-Follow through on agreements set together
-Get down to your child’s level and set another goal or task when the time limit is coming to an end
Getting out of the bath
-Set out a routine for the bath with a song or game.
-Wash hair, body, feet then play time
-Expectations must be set so that children are aware of time limits
Sitting down for dinner
-Follow active times with quiet times before meals
-Give children a manageable task, so they are not sitting down waiting before meal times
-Eating together can happen at breakfast, lunch or dinner
-Choose a meal that gives you the most time to talk and connect
-If you're going out to a restaurant set expectations in advance
Staying consistent can help make transitions smoother and eliminate wait time. Waiting can sometimes make children restless, aggravated and angry. Children are continually searching for information and are curious about the world around them. Keeping consistent schedules, routines and transitions help children predict what is next and provides them with comfort.