6 Things to Look for in Great Daycare Center Facilities

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We all know that choosing a daycare is never really easy, especially with all the checklists that we have to go through before finally settling on the one which we deem is perfect for our child.

While you also want your child’s transition to being smooth, you also want to be reassured that your child will be taken care of properly. In this post, we take a look at six of the key requirements you should look for in a daycare center.

Updated License

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This is probably the most important thing to keep in mind when sending your child to a daycare center. The facility should have all the necessary paperwork and licenses in place to be running legally. This will also give you peace of mind knowing your child is in the care of professionals.

Employees Who Are Qualified

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Yet another important point to remember, you want your child to be in good, capable hands while you can’t look after them. Be sure to do some research on the staff and make sure that they are qualified and that they are fully capable of taking care of your kid.

A Good Name

This might sound obvious, but we need to include it on our list. Do some research on the daycare center before meeting with the principal. Ask your neighbors and family members if they know of a daycare center that they can recommend.

If someone speaks highly of a daycare center, it should be because they offer the love, attention and devotion that children require.

Facilities that are Clean and Safe

If you’ve narrowed down your list, it’s highly recommended to go for an interview or meeting with the principal to see what the facilities look like. It should be a safe environment, and all facilities should be clean and free of any hazards.

Healthy Rules in Place

You want your little one to have fun and socialize at daycare, but you also don’t want them to pick up some bad manners and habits. Be sure to ask the principal whether they have any rules in place, for example, an anti-bully rule. This ensures a healthy environment for everyone.

Exciting Curriculum

Children of pre-school age need to have structure and routine. Ask the principal what the structure of their classes are like, and what specific activities they do. A great daycare will incorporate different activities to encourage the development of different aspects of your child.

These are just some of the things that you need to be aware of when you are looking for the perfect daycare center to send your child to. We wish you all the best in finding a great place for your little one to join.

6 of The Best Animal Advent Calendars for Daycare Centers

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Christmas is a magical time of the year. It is a time for giving, sharing and celebrating. For a lot of kids in daycare, it could be more about sweets and chocolates. Which, of course, is the usual go-to advent calendar for many homes.

Most daycare centers also encourage children to participate in activities that include an advent calendar. If your child loves animals, we’ve got great news for you. Here, we share some of the best animal-themed advent calendars you could get for them this year.

Playin Choc Advent Calendar

This great calendar has something for everyone, even those little ones with a sweet tooth! It consists of 24 drawers that hold within it tiny organic chocolate, as well as a fantastic 3D animal puzzle. Kids will also be able to learn more about each animal as it comes with a fact card.

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Peppa Pig Santa’s Workshop Advent Calendar

There is no denying that little ones love Peppa Pig, which means this option is great for most daycare kids. Behind every tiny door on the calendar, your little one will find a magical Peppa Pig-themed gift that is also tied to the days.

It is perfect for toddlers who are learning more about numbers.

The Animal Kingdom Advent Calendar

This is a true work of art that might only be appreciated by true animal lovers and little artists. It consists of a colorful range of numbered boxes, each holding a magically beautiful portrait of a specific animal.

While it may not contain any chocolates or sweets, it’s still a great educational option.

Paw Patrol Advent Calendar

Probably one of the most popular calendars amongst toddlers, this one is a great option for your curious little one who loves dogs. Each day of the countdown allows your little one to discover a special gift, which consists of one of the lovable characters from Paw Patrol.

Hatchimals Colleggtibles Advent Calendar

This is another timeless classic for just about any toddler out there. In fact, the entire daycare class will probably want to have one of these! It has over 50 tiny collectable gifts.

Your little one will also be able to create his own winter wonderland or Christmas scene with this awesome advent calendar.

DIY Reindeer Advent Calendar

And finally, why not keep with the Christmas theme and get little ones involved in making their own advent calendar? This one requires you to print out a couple of reindeer illustrations, which the kids can color in.

Next, you blow up the same number of red balloons which is placed on the reindeer’s noses. With each passing day, one balloon can be popped!

And there you have it! Six great ideas for your kids’ advent calendars this year at daycare. All these we’ve mentioned have animals at its core, which makes for more fun and engaging calendar.

4 Travel Accessories for Your Pooch When Dropping Your Child at Daycare

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Your little one and your pooch are probably the best of friends and separating them can be heartbreaking for both. Why not take Spot with you to daycare to allow him to greet your child when you drop them off and pick them up?

Your pooch should also be comfortable while traveling in the car with your family. In this post, we take a closer look at four essential travel accessories to keep Spot comfy and safe when he greets your toddler at daycare.

Portable Pet Bowl

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Some dogs hate being in a car. It’s hot and stuffy, and they may be prone to dehydration. Be sure to invest in a high-quality portable pet bowl to keep your doggo hydrated when on the road with the family and even for short trips to daycare.

Pillow or Toy

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You want your child’s best friend to be comfortable while traveling, and ease some of the anxiety that car rides may bring. We suggest bringing a favorite toy, pillow or blankie along on the short drive to make them super comfy.

First Aid Kit

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Anything can happen at any given moment, and your family and pooch’s health and safety is your first priority. Invest in a pet first aid kit to make sure you are well prepared in case an emergency calls for a pair of tweezers or an ice pack.

Pet Travel Bag

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And finally, you’ll need something to put all the pet traveling accessories in. Keep things in your car nice and tidy and by a pet travel bag for all your pooch’s essentials. You can keep this in the car to make sure you are always prepared when you drop your child off in the morning.

If your dog is your child’s best friend, there’s no reason why he can’t join the trips to and from the daycare. Be sure you are prepared and that your furry friend is comfortable and safe, just like your little one.

4 Benefits of Having Pets at Daycare Centers

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While a lot of people are of the opinion that pets should stay at home, there are loads of reasons why having your doggie go to child daycare is actually good. It really is no coincidence that having ‘bring your pet to school’ or ‘show and tell’ days are so popular either.

Some children will never experience the joy of playing with a beloved pet, which gives them the opportunity to learn what it’s like. It holds other great benefits too. In this post, we take a look at why it is important to incorporate pets at daycare centers every now and then.

Promotes Reading Practice

Did you know that some schools and daycare centers actually encourage parents to bring their dogs to school for reading practice? Children tend to enjoy reading their favorite story to their best friend more than just reading with the class.

Boosts Physical Activities

What better way to get kids to move around than prompting them to play fetch with the dog, or giving the class hamster some food to eat. Kids love playing with pets, whether it is running around outside, or just showering them with affection.

Enhances Overall Child Development

Having a pet at the daycare center will promote the overall development of kids. It stimulates social development and their sense of responsibility. Suddenly there is a being that needs to be taken care of, nurtured petted and fed.

Therapeutic Stimulation

If there are kids at daycare that are experiencing trauma, having a pet there could be of great benefit to them. Pets, and more particularly dogs, can bring much-needed comfort to children when they experience pain or discomfort.

As you can see, having a pet at your child’s daycare can actually be very beneficial to his development. Not only will they be encouraged to read and learn, but also to play, socialize and be responsible.

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3 Pet Events Every Daycare Center Should Attend

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One of the reasons you should consider sending your child to daycare includes all the fun field trips they’ll be able to go on. Many daycare centers opt to take kids to pet events such as award ceremonies, which is great to teach your toddler how to treat animals.

If you do have pets at home, it could even awaken a new interest in your child to take care of them and teach them tricks. There are multiple pet events taking place each year. In this post, we take a look at some your daycare can consider visiting as a field trip.

American Kennel Club Rally National Championship

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At this event, dog handlers and some of the most talented pooches are put to the test to show off their skills. It’s an event that’s great for the little ones to learn about pet training and obedience.

American Kennel Club National Agility Championship

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Another fantastic event sponsored by the American Kennel Club showcases dog handlers and some of the country’s most intelligent dogs strutting their stuff. This is a great event for a daycare field trip and offers loads of fun and learning opportunities.

American Kennel Club National Obedience Championship

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The American Kennel Club also hosts this awards event where pooches’ obedience will be tested. It’s a fantastic event for a daycare field trip as kids will be able to see the outcome of discipline and dog training.

As you can see, when you take your little one to a daycare center, they’ll be able to learn more about pets while having fun with friends. These particular events would be a great learning opportunity and outing for your child in daycare.