Daycare Tips

Navigating Daycare: 5 Helpful Tips for a Warm and Welcoming First Day

Embarking on your child's first day at daycare can stir up many emotions, from excitement to a hint of nervousness. Yet, with thoughtful preparation and gentle guidance, you can pave the way for a smooth transition and a positive experience for you and your little one. Here are 5 helpful tips to navigating the first day at daycare , ensuring a warm and welcoming start to this new adventure. Daycare Tips for Your Child's First Day Start Your Day with Peace of Mind: Begin your child's first day at...

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Staff 3/8/2024 Comments(0)

Getting Your Child Ready for Daycare: A Practical Guide for Parents

Preparing your child for daycare marks a significant milestone in their early years. Whether on the cusp of their first day or transitioning to a new daycare center , ensuring a child's readiness for this new experience is essential. A positive and successful daycare experience can lay the foundation for their academic journey, potentially leading them toward future enrollment in programs like VPK Voluntary Prekindergarten . However, the thought of daycare can be daunting for some children, part...

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Staff 2/22/2024 Comments(0)

Holiday Safety Tips for Little and Big Kids

The holiday season is a time for reconnecting with loved ones and being grateful for what we have, but for parents, it can also heighten safety concerns for their children. With the holiday season right around the corner, we thought it would be a good idea to review safety tips that parents can use to protect their little and big kids while still having holiday fun. Driving Watch out for distracted pedestrians and drivers Don’t drive while distracted Always buckle up Check your car seat be...

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Staff 10/29/2019 Comments(0)

3 Fall Themed Activities For Orlando Daycares

Florida may not experience typical fall weather but that doesn’t mean that Orlando daycares can’t get into the spirit of the season with some fun fall themed activities! Not only are these fall themed activities interactive, they’re educational too which makes them perfect to do at school or at home. Make an apple counting book Making an apple counting book is a hands-on activity that improves math and literacy skills. There are many free printable apple counting books availabl...

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Staff 10/2/2019 Comments(0)

9 Parenting Tips for Back to School Success

Going back to school can be an exciting and stressful time for both parents and kids, but with a little preparation, it can go much smoother. As an Orlando daycare with after school programs, we understand that the transition from summer vacation to school can be hard. With these nine back to school tips for parents, your kids will start the new school year on the right foot. 1. Meet the teacher A common concern children have when they go back to school is whether they’ll like their teache...

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Staff 8/26/2019 Comments(0)

What to Pack for a Summer Road Trip with Kids

Are you going to be traveling with your children this summer? Even short distances can be made easier and more enjoyable with these supplies packed in your car. 1. First Aid Supplies - A first aid kit, sunscreen, self-activating ice pack, insect repellent, thermometer, fever-reducing and pain-reducing medication with correct dosage chart based on child's weight and age. 2. Extra Clothes - Keep an extra set of clothes for each child and consider keeping these clothes in the car all the time. This...

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Staff 6/19/2019 Comments(0)

Outdoor Safety Tips for Summer Camp in Orlando

Summer break is here and so is the Florida summer heat. We all know the importance of spending time being active, and there is no better place for this than outside. By taking the necessary precautions, you and your children can have a safe and fun time outdoors. Keep Kids Hydrated One of the most important things to keep in mind is staying hydrated . Children are more susceptible to becoming dehydrated because their bodies are not as efficient in cooling down. Make sure your kids are replenishi...

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Staff 5/29/2019 Comments(0)

How to Build Positive Mealtime Habits in Children

Children are often known to be picky eaters, which makes planning healthy snacks and meals tricky sometimes. However, with childhood obesity affecting about 12.7 million children and adolescents in the United States, building positive eating habits is more important now than ever before. There are many ways to help your child develop healthy eating habits. Here are just a few: Make Healthy Options Easy Limit the availability of snacks that don’t have valuable nutrients, such as chips, cand...

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Staff 5/1/2019 Comments(0)

The Importance of Infant Stimulation and How Daycare Can Help

During the first year of life, your baby’s brain is growing so fast. Stimulation helps to engage them mentally, helps develop their senses, and is something that every baby needs. Stimulating your baby's senses will enable them to reach developmental milestones faster, as well as aid in the development of motor skills. Infant stimulation can help improve your baby’s attention span, memory, curiosity and nervous system development as well. How Orlando Daycare Can Help with Infant Stim...

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Staff 3/22/2019 Comments(0)

Why Small Group Activities Are Important in Orlando Preschool

There are many benefits to having young children participate in activities in small groups in an Orlando preschool. Typically these activities are designed for groups of five or six children and feature materials that allow them to play and explore together. Here are some of the reasons that small group activities are great for preschoolers: 1. Developmental Growth While preschoolers are still developing their cognitive and social skills, they often function best when in small groups. These acti...

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Staff 2/26/2019 Comments(0)

How to Find the Best Orlando Preschool

A good education doesn’t begin with getting into a good high school to prepare for college; it begins much, much earlier - in preschool in fact. Children that attend preschool start with a great an advantage. Not only are they exposed to important concepts in math and reading, but they also work to develop necessary social skills. When searching for an Orlando preschool or child care provider it can get pretty overwhelming with all of the options out there. In this article we’ll shar...

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Staff 1/20/2019 Comments(0)

5 Winter Break Learning Ideas for Kids

With winter break right around the corner, many parents are wondering what types of activities their children can do while they’re away from school to keep them learning and entertained. Research shows that over the summer break, children lose about two months’ worth of math skills. While a short two or three weeks in December doesn’t have the same impacts, you might be thinking of some educational opportunities over the holiday break. That’s why we’ve gathered a fe...

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Staff 12/1/2018 Comments(0)

Teaching Children Gratitude and Other Socializations

Every parent strives to teach their children how to show appreciation and gratitude for what they have, but how can we continue to encourage an attitude of gratitude? Modeling is often the best way to show kids how to behave. Since infants and toddlers love to give you objects whether they actually let you have it or not , that is the perfect opportunity to start showing your thanks whenever they offer you something. If you enthusiastically show thankfulness, they will learn that giving and rece...

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Staff 11/1/2018 Comments(0)

Orlando Daycare Illness Prevention: Flu Vaccine

No parent likes to see their child sick, especially when they’re so sick that they need to stay home from their Orlando daycare and potentially go to the doctor’s office. Well fall is officially here and flu season is on its way. No matter what age, getting the flu vaccine is beneficial in preventing a nasty bug, but it is especially recommended that very young children and the elderly get the flu vaccine. But did you know why young children are at a higher risk of contracting the vi...

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Staff 9/26/2018 Comments(0)

Top 3 Tips For Adjusting To Preschool

Moving from daycare to preschool or Voluntary Prekindergarten V.P.K. can be a big step. If your child has already been going to daycare they may already be used to a semi-structured day, but VPK will bring new challenges. Here are three tips for helping your child adjust to preschool in Orlando. Talk About It Most preschoolers do well when they know what to expect. Sharing the daily schedule with your child can go a long way in helping them adjust. Your child’s preschool teacher should be ...

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Staff 8/23/2018 Comments(0)

The Importance of Pre-K

When asking many kindergarten teachers what is expected of children to know when entering their class, most will say they expect the child to know their name, how to spell it, know the alphabet, letter names, numbers one through ten, colors and shapes. While these may not seem like difficult things to teach children, it is often with daily repetition and unique learning environments that children gain most of their knowledge. Prior Knowledge Building a foundation for children to bring into kinde...

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Staff 7/5/2018 Comments(0)

3 Fun Vocabulary Activities to Help Your Toddler Learn

Parents tend to naturally foster language development through everyday moments of talking, singing, and reading to children. At daycare, children are often exposed to even more opportunity for learning language. Here are a few fun vocabulary activities you can do with your infants and toddlers to help jumpstart language learning: 1. Word Expansion When children start using language, it is usually in one or two word sentences, such as Cup. In order to build upon their language skills, respond to ...

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Staff 5/30/2018 Comments(0)

Choosing the Best Orlando Daycare Center

Finding the right childcare center for your children can be difficult. There are many things to consider, including their policies, security, amenities, staff qualifications, availability, and cost. With so many options out there it can start to become overwhelming. You want your children to be happy, safe, and encouraged to learn and develop. As a trusted daycare provider in Orlando, we wanted to share some tips for choosing the right childcare center for you and your children. If you feel that...

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Staff 4/11/2018 Comments(0)

Tips for Managing Screen Time for Kids

As a society, we’re surrounded by digital media. We have screens in our pockets, in our homes, and out in the world airports, taxis, restaurants, and more . Children are naturally drawn to these screens, but they’re not always the best for kids. The American Academy of Pediatrics AAP provides health and safety tips regarding screen time for kids. They recommend that screens should be avoided for all children 18 months and younger, other than when used as video-communication devices w...

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Staff 3/27/2018 Comments(0)

5 Orlando Spring Break Learning Ideas for Kids

Spring break is coming up soon, and you may be starting to wonder what types of activities you’ll plan for your children while they’re out of school to keep them entertained and engaged. Spring break is only a week long, but it can be a great opportunity for some educational fun in Orlando and the surrounding areas. Here are a couple ideas we’ve gathered to keep your child sharp and having fun over the break. #1 Find an Orlando Daycare Kids & Company Learning Centers offer ...

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Staff 2/23/2018 Comments(0)

5 Ways to Avoid Separation Anxiety at Daycare

Separation anxiety is a common thing for toddlers to experience when they begin to understand that things like Mom and Dad still exist even when they can’t see them. It comes from not knowing if or when they’ll be back once not in view. Here are some simple ways to help your children’s worries when it’s time to leave them at your Orlando daycare : 1. Spend time together at daycare Take some time to be at the daycare with your toddler before you leave them there alone. If ...

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Staff 11/20/2017 Comments(0)

Tips for Finding the Best Orlando Daycare for Your Child

If you are looking for a daycare, there are many things you will want to consider. Since you are leaving your child in the hands of someone else, you will want to do your research to make sure the daycare is worthy of taking care of your child. There are many things you will want to look for in a daycare and reading the article below will help you figure out which one is the best. Get Personal Recommendations Ask around and talk with co-workers, family and friends to see which daycare they use f...

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Staff 9/27/2017 Comments(0)

The 4 Lifelong Skills Your Children Learn at Orlando Daycare

Many of the skills that children need as adults are learned through play and interaction that happens beginning in daycare. Play is so fundamental that it can be found in every culture throughout history. Here are the 4 Cs that children learn through play according to the National Association for the Education of Young Children NAEYC : #1 Critical Thinking Experiences during play encourage children to ask questions, consider options, analyze information, and can serve as STEM learning...

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Staff 7/21/2017 Comments(0)

A Survival Guide for Head Lice

It is estimated that 6 to 12 million cases of head lice occur each year in the United States. Unfortunately, the majority of cases are spread among children ages 3-11. If your child is one of the millions to encounter a head lice infestation, here’s what you can do to get rid of them. What To Look For Head lice are tiny parasites that live on the human head. While they don’t spread disease, they are itchy and bothersome. An adult louse has six legs and is about the size of a sesame s...

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Staff 6/26/2017 Comments(0)

5 Common Myths About School Readiness for Children

Parents often worry if their children are ready for school. Most of the time, children who come from homes where adults read, spend time playing and engaging with their children, value literacy, and/or have some social interactions with other children in daycare, play dates, or preschool are usually well prepared for kindergarten. However, there are some common school readiness myths to be aware of before you start becoming too anxious about whether or not your child is ready for school. Myth 1 ...

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Staff 5/18/2017 Comments(0)

Naptime: How Much Sleep Do Kids Need and How Do You Get Them to Sleep

Sleep – it’s one of those precious things every parent wishes they had more of and what kids seem to take for granted. Sleep, like toilet training and eating preferences, truly depends on each individual child. Some children consistently take naps until the late preschool years, while others are less predictable – taking small naps here and there, even from early infancy. How Much Sleep Do Kids Need? The amount of sleep needed varies depending on the child, but there are some b...

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Staff 5/2/2017 Comments(0)

When is My Child Too Sick to Send to Orlando Daycare?

Daycare can be a lifesaver for parents who need to work while raising a child. But as parents know, most public places can be a place where children pick up illnesses from other children. The number one way to prevent the spread of illness at your Orlando daycare is to know when your child is contagious and keep them at home while they are sick. While you’ll still be busy or need to work, consider calling in a family member, friend or babysitter to watch your child for the day. Sending the...

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Staff 3/30/2017 Comments(0)

Old School Games for Orlando Daycare or at Home

In a world where technology is often the default, having some creative games to play when boredom sets in is great for children, especially in an Orlando daycare . It may seem unimportant, but through playing, children learn skills and conquer fears, furthering childhood development. In addition, play can be a great way to reduce stress – for kids and adults! Play can also be a valuable for building relationships. Think back to your favorite childhood games – games like Jacks, Tag, R...

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Staff 2/23/2017 Comments(0)

Choosing an Orlando Daycare for Multiple Children

For parents who have multiple children, especially at varied ages, it can be difficult to find an Orlando daycare to meet all of your children’s needs. In addition, you don’t want to be driving all over town to drop them off or pick them all up. Infant and Toddler Daycare in Orlando Infants and toddlers have very different needs than that of a 12-year-old. The sensitivity and education of our infant and toddler caregivers promote a positive and healthy development. Your child will re...

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Staff 1/30/2017 Comments(0)

Orlando Daycare Options for Parents Returning to College

There are many reasons that a parent might choose to go back to school: advance their current degree, start pursuing a new career path, or simply for the experience. No matter your reason, there are a lot of factors to consider when going back to school, including your childcare options. Of the available child care options, what makes daycare the best option for you? Daycare for College-Bound Parents Going back to school will obviously change your entire daily routine. Your children, especially ...

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Staff 12/21/2016 Comments(0)

How to Deal with Resistance to Your Orlando Daycare Morning Routine

Children aren’t known for always doing what they’re told, when they’re told. And we’ve all been late a few times because of it. If your children are resisting your morning routines, such as arguing about breakfast, debating what clothes they want to wear, or playing when they should be getting ready to go - here are some tips to keep you and your children on track: Encourage and remind, but don’t nag. It’s ok to let them experience the consequences of procrast...

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Staff 10/6/2016 Comments(0)

Helping Children Express Creativity in Orlando Daycare

Children are naturally drawn to arts and crafts. Exploring different materials and ways to express themselves is all part of finding their creativity. One way to encourage open-minded, experimental, self-motivated and unique artwork is to present children with process-oriented art. When involved in process-oriented art, no two children create the same thing. It is through the doing that children learn so much: problem solving, experimentation, expression, and innovation. Basically any art projec...

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Staff 5/11/2016 Comments(0)

The Importance of Children’s Play in Development

Everything that a child does in the beginning stages of their life is a learning experience. Learning as they mix batter, dig holes, discover a new texture, climb stairs, listen to classical music, crawl in tight spaces is key to child's development. The whole world is their laboratory as they figure out how to engage their bodies in exploration and discovery. When children play together they can learn how to… Make friends Read emotions Work together Become a leader Be a part of a group An...

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Transitioning from Grandparent Care to an Orlando Preschool

Having your mom and/or dad care for your child is such a luxury while they are young and you are getting back to work. However, there are many reasons your child should start to transition into a preschool, including the many benefits that an Orlando preschool can provide. Benefits of Preschool Childcare centers and preschools are designed with children’s development and safety in mind. They have child-size furnishings and educational materials and often include extra safety precautions no...

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Kids & Company 3/21/2016 Comments(0)

Positive Benefits of Daycare… For Parents

Children aren’t the only ones who can benefit from daycare according to University of Chicago sociologist, Mario Small. Small’s research suggests that parents that take advantage of childcare are also building social capital, and that can be a great thing; especially for new parents. Small found that "mothers using childcare reap social, psychological, and even financial rewards." We know that when searching for a daycare, your main focus is on your children, but what if your life co...

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Kids & Company 2/16/2016 Comments(0)

How to Choose the Best Orlando After School Program

There have been many studies about the positive effects of a quality after school program. Afterschool Alliance found that in 2014, parents were seeing the benefits of these programs. Here are some of their key findings: Four out of five parents say after-school programs offer opportunities for physical activities 72% say their child has opportunities for reading or writing 69% say their child has opportunities for science, technology, engineering and math 79% of parents and 88% of parents of ch...

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Staff 11/12/2015 Comments(0)

Building Compassion and Caring at Daycare in Orlando

Very young children tend to be egocentric, meaning they see themselves as the center of the universe. While we want to encourage confidence from a young age, caring, cooperation and empathy are positive behavior that we'd all like to see in our children. As they grow, children start to develop social awareness and learn to care more about other people and their feelings, reactions and perspectives. These developments are enhanced when children are exposed to more social interaction at a young ag...

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Staff 10/21/2015 Comments(0)

How Orlando Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) Can Positively Impact Your Child

In the past, we’ve talked about how Orlando daycare and child care can prepare your children for schooling later on, but how can Voluntary Prekindergarten VPK continue in furthering your children’s learning before kindergarten? Learning Effectively By understanding how to learn effectively, your child has an advantage in school. Our quality VPK provides your child with the best foundational education and the tools to understand how to learn and why learning is important. We teach you...

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Staff 9/18/2015 Comments(0)

Tips for Adjusting to Naptime at Your Orlando Daycare

When babies and toddlers start at a new daycare facility there may be some separation anxiety until they get accustomed to their new surroundings and caregivers. Even after this initial adjustment, naptime may still prove to be a difficult time without you. Here are some tips for helping to adjust your child’s sleeping habits for napping at daycare: 1. Set a napping schedule Get your child on a nap schedule that corresponds with the time that they will be napping your Orlando daycare facil...

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Staff 6/11/2015 Comments(0)

Daily Tips for Daycare Prep

Getting children ready in the mornings can be a rushed and stressful time, but being prepared the night before can help ease the tension. Here are some basic tips for getting ready for daycare the night before. Pick Out Clothes Children can have a mind of their own when picking out what to wear to daycare, which is why picking out clothes the night before can save time in the morning. Here are some basics for choosing clothes to wear to daycare. Always be sure to label your child’s clothin...

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Staff 5/13/2015 Comments(0)

Tips for Preventing Illness at Daycare

With flu season still in full swing, preventing the spread of germs to others at school or daycare is an important part of keeping your own family healthy and happy. Talking with your children about the signs of being sick and how to prevent getting sick can help you keep your family well. Here are some tips for preventing the spread of illness at daycare: Know When to Stay Home The number one way to prevent the spread of illness at your Orlando daycare is to know when your child is contagious a...

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Staff 4/6/2015 Comments(0)

Babysitter Vs. Daycare Centers

When it comes to child care, there are a few options available for those who don’t have a stay-at-home spouse or relative watching over your little one. We’ve talked a little in the past about some reasons why daycare is great for children . Today we’ll be going over some of the reasons why having your kids enrolled in an Orlando child care program at Kids & Company can help your children learn and develop. We’re not saying that getting a babysitter isn’t the be...

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Staff 1/30/2015 Comments(0)

5 Tips for the First Day at Daycare

The first day of daycare can be a little nerve-wracking as a parent, and perhaps you’ll get a tad emotional about sending your child off into this new experience. However, after thoroughly selecting the daycare that is right for you and your child, you know they’ll be in caring hands. So what do you need to do to prepare yourself for that big first day? 1. Make a Schedule Making a schedule of how much extra time you’ll need in the morning is essential to being well prepared for...

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Staff 8/12/2014 Comments(0)

Top Reasons Daycare is Great for Your Kid

There comes a time for almost all working parents when you have to decide which form of childcare is the right fit for you and for your child. For those not fortunate enough to have a close friends or family members available to watch your kids, that typically means using a daycare or hiring a nanny or babysitter. Although one-on-one care provided by a nanny or babysitter is appealing to some, there are many reasons why choosing a daycare in Orlando can be a huge benefit. 1. Socialization Probab...

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