A good childcare program ensures a positive and perfect overall development of your child. The child develops a lot of habits during his tender age. Choosing a good program requires enough time and patience which is worth it as a childcare program forms a foundation for your child’s adult life. Here are a few things to consider while selecting a good childcare program for your little one.
Besides these, you need to check the health and safety standards of the childcare facility. Check if the facility is clean and maintains proper hygiene as it is the matter of your child’s health. Also, the teachers should follow the hygienic standards and also inculcate this habit in children. Cleanliness and hygiene are the two important aspects you should check before enrolling your child with the childcare program.
If you are looking for a great program in the Albany area, please reach out to us at TSL Adventures. We would love to answer your questions and see if we offer a great fit for you and your children!!!
Choosing a right nanny for your family is not an easy task. You need to take enough time to find that one right person who will handle your kids well. It is an important decision that needs enough planning and research. After all, your child will spend his most crucial years of growth with the nanny you hire. Moreover, it is more about safety of your child too. Thus you need to have enough patience and contact your friends, agencies or search online to find promising candidates. Here are a few tips for choosing a great nanny:
Know your priorities: To start with, you must know what you are looking for. Discuss your priorities with your partner. Know what type of nanny you want for your child. Should she be experienced and matured enough? Should the nanny you hire, hold a degree in early childhood education? What all responsibilities would she be given, like bathing, feeding etc.? How independently she would take care of the child? Or do you want to hire a nanny who will give your child the parental needs? Keep these questions handy before you interview the applicants or before contacting the agencies.
Do your research carefully: Start your research by contacting your family and friends. Personal contacts could be more reliable. Put the message on your chat groups or even a school notice board could be helpful. Check for online resources too. There are several reliable online agencies that have got a list of experienced and educated nannies. You may also enroll in a nanny training program in your area. Later contact the team for any references. Local nanny placement agencies can be of great help too. These agencies do a complete background check of the candidates before they represent them. They will also help you find the nanny that best suits your criteria. You can also put up an advertisement in a local newspaper or online. Though you would be flooded with responses from unknown people, but you can find a perfect nanny is you are specific about your preferences.
Interviewing the possible candidates: You can ask as many questions to as many applicants you can. Questions regarding their work experience, child related philosophies, their personal interests, their activities after work, background cheek, driving record, why are they into this profession, how much do they care about the child’s development and past experiences related to child with special needs and many more. You can ask questions till you are completely satisfied with the candidate. Moreover, “listen to your gut instinct, if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.” While interviewing, you will easily make out of the nanny is warm and friendly in her approach.
Talk to the references: After selecting a few “suitable” candidates for the nanny job, you can contact their references. Clear all your doubts by asking them several questions. You may ask them for more references too. Make sure you know about the nanny’s strengths and weaknesses by contacting her previous employers. Ask them the reason for leaving her job or why she isn’t with them anymore. This will help you know about her in detail.
Give a try: Ask the selected candidates to come home one by one for a few days for trial sessions. Keenly observe her behavior with your child and how well she interacts with your baby. Is she warm, considerate, friendly and caring? Is your child comfortable and happy in her company? Are you satisfied? Do you feel safe that your child will be with her when you are not around? You will be able to judge only after a trial round and see for yourself how well she is at her job.
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Most parents get stressed when it is time to leave their child to a childcare facility. After the maternity leave is over, even the very thought of leaving their child with an unknown person and completely new surroundings seems stressful. Moreover the rising cost of childcare facility is another factor that adds to their stress. The most important factors that influence the decision are fees of the childcare facility, its location and availability of seat for their child along with these factors, it is equally important to know about the reputation of the facility, accreditations and their procedures, like is it full time or part time, the working days and programs they conduct for the parents.
However, there are some important interview questions you should be asking when looking at a childcare program for your children:
Does your childcare facility hold a proper license or accreditations? A childcare facility that does not hold a proper license is definitely not undergone state mandatory inspections. Hence it is necessary to send your child to a licensed childcare facility which is thoroughly inspected for the safety of your child.
Are thorough background checks done for the teachers? You are leaving your child at an unknown place with unknown teachers. Hence a thorough background check of teachers is very important because your child will spend most of his time with the teachers. So they should be apt enough to handle your child well. Also remember, your child will be spending his most crucial years of development with his teachers.
What is the teacher-to-child ratio? A licensed facility has to follow the set teacher-to-child ratio. Thus lesser children with each teacher is a good set up. This further ensures that the teacher isn’t overloaded with a lot of children and the rooms are not over packed.
How happy are the teachers in the environment? Happy teachers mean happy surroundings which mean happy children. This also implies that the facility offers a good work environment. Thus you are ensured that the facility has high quality caretakers If the turnover rate of teachers is high, it means that the teachers are not happy in the set up, which can be a red flag for you.
What amount of information of a child is required and how is it filed? A childcare facility does not necessarily need all the details like the exact date of birth, full name and social security number. As many children are prey to identity theft, it is necessary to be extra careful. Only the director of the facility should have access to your child’s personal information.
How often do you clean the carpets and play toys? Dirty carpets and infected toys can cause stomach infections easily. Hence there should be high cleanliness standards provided by the facility.
Do the teachers hold certification for first-aid and CPR? If the childcare facility is licensed, this is mandatory. It is better to be safe than sorry.
What safety measures are adopted by the facility? You must be sure that the place where you leave your child for hours should be safe and protected. The doors and windows must be locked. The play area should be safe and clean with proper high fences all around. Moreover, the facility should pay attention to who will pick and drop the child, proper identification proof is needed if parents do not come. Ventilation and emergency exits should also be checked.
A quality childcare program is extremely important to identify. If you are in Albany and have questions you need answers to, please consider giving TSL Adventures a call!!!
With the rising cost of living, parents often complain about the soaring childcare cost. They often get confused if childcare is worth the cost. Well, childcare facilities definitely charge a good amount, you feel as if you are paying another mortgage. However, there are various aspects that determine if childcare is worth the cost or not. Everyone has their own perspective about high childcare cost.
Many working parents often consider childcare costs as their biggest money worry that keeps them working. According to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the actual childcare costs have almost doubled in the last twenty five years. Though, the cost may vary for different places. Most parents cannot avoid childcare expenses particularly if they don’t have a friend or a relative to help them. And if they do have a relative or a friend to help them, they cannot just leave their child with them while they are out for their work because even the relatives cannot afford to spend their time looking after somebody else’s children, they have to work too.
Childcare costs definitely puts limitation on the budget, but still it is worth it. The working parent can make more money as compared to a stay-at-home parent. Moreover, if a working parent leaves the job, not only will he or she lose the annual salary, but will also have to fight hard to get back the income level they once earned.
There are other options that a parent can choose to avoid childcare cost. Well these options do not come with high quality. For example:
Although these options seem feasible, you have to compromise on the quality or on your job. What a high quality childcare facility offers your child is far better than these affordable childcare options mentioned above.
Generally most parents think that if schools look after their kids for free, then why not a childcare facility. However, they fail to understand that a good childcare facility inculcates those habits and knowledge that will mould the child into a better adult. Small things like tying a shoe lace, or saying some alphabets or learning arts and crafts etc. may not seem a big deal now, but it will definitely be greatly meaningful in future. Though the question still remains if childcare is worth the cost? For a middle class family, it is tough for them to manage the high cost, however, keeping other things in mind, they can still manage to pay for childcare because they can earn more while on job than sit at home and look after the child. Moreover, not forgetting the benefits that child enjoys while in a childcare facility.
If you are in Albany and considering the investment in childcare for your child, please consider calling TSL Adventures, we would be happy to answer your questions.
A childcare program acts as a foundation in preparing your child for transitioning from pre-primary to primary school. However, these days, parents are quite confused whether to send their child to a childcare program. But the fact is that these facilities offer several benefits to children that prove to be quite meaningful during their later stages of life. During the early phase of life, children undergo different stages of growth and development, so good quality and regular childcare can leave immensely beneficial effects on your child’s overall development. Children have a very sharp memory at tender age and hence the right knowledge and experience inculcated at this tender age can be of great significance in their adult life. Thus, the childcare program that focuses on play and structured activities can help the children develop positively.
Various indoor activities that keep the child engrossed include puzzle games, building blocks play dough and clay, craft and pasting and sensory games, while the outdoor activities include, water play, digging sand pits, climbing and playing on swings, carpentry and enjoying the open landscape. These activities improve their thinking, visualizing and exploring abilities as well.
Besides there are various other benefits for children to attend a childcare program
Albany and the surrounding Capital Regionrepresents a host of childcare programs to choose from. If you have questions about what is the right fit for you and your children, feel free to give TSL Adventures a call.
We'd be honored to answer your questions and determine if our program will meet your needs.
Childcare has grown into a big business. As a society, we have evolved from single income to dual income families at an incredibly rapid rate, in the past 35 years. It takes more money to live as a family than it did back in the 1970’s
As a result of both parents in a situation where they both have to work full-time, there has been a huge vacuum created that childcare has filled. According to what is known as the New America study the cost of childcare for those under the age of 4 is now costing a family, on average $9,500 per year. Incredibly, that is more than the cost of college tuition at a state-sponsored school system like the SUNY system here in New York.
If a family wanted to spring a little extra to have an in-home caregiver assist with their children, it’s going to cost a shocking $28,000 annually. With rising costs on all fronts, families are working to figure out how to offset these costs. Often, they have a network of friends of family members who will share in the responsibility of child care in the event a local Albany childcare program is not an option.
It is extremely important that parents do what is best for their children. Money is a deciding factor in all too many situations. If you find yourself in a place where you can afford to invest in a program for your child, know that there are a number of great quality childcare programs available throughout the Albany area.
You want to make sure that it is an accredited, insured facility and that the staff overseeing the care of the children are professionals. To go even further, we recommend you find out if they are passionate about what they are doing and if they have any accredited education degrees and/or background.
All too often, there exists a ‘program’ that is not really something you want to leave your child at all day. Your children deserve a safe, creative, socially-enhancing and enriching environment where they can bond with their peers, grow and mature in a friendly and thoughtful way.
If you have questions about childcare in general or the philosophy by which we provide care, please reach out. We would love to chat with you.
With summer here in the Albany area in full effect, minus some intense thunderstorms, all the children are excited to have a ton of outdoor fun trying and doing new activities. The key as a parent is to ensure your children are safe by setting the appropriate expectations and putting in place the appropriate boundaries.
Our focus today is on water safety. With the kids all being cooped up inside for almost six months, they all want to enjoy playing in water of any kind. Whether it’s the backyard pool, the river by the park, playing in the sprinkler or swimming at Million Dollar Beach in Lake George, there are plenty of options that will keep them physically active and engaged at the highest level socially with their friends. It is extremely important that a supervising adult or parent is present at all times.
Drownings are a major concern for young children under the age of 4. Be sure to get your children into a good swimming lesson program or, if you are adept yourself, teach them as soon as they are able to walk. Many families have pools in their backyards. It’s important that a safety fence is installed around the pool to keep the curious kids from exploring on their own. You should consider studying CPR or get certified locally. There are many organizations that offer free CPR training like the American Heart Association.
If you are using sprinklers or slides in your backyard, be sure that all equipment is kept on the lawn and not near any trees, concrete patios or driveways. Children running around wet concrete or trees could cause serious harm. They undoubtedly will be running around and not paying attention to where they are going. Be sure to set the right expectations that they must stay in the backyard and not run around on the deck or brick pavers.
Lastly, if you are a family that loves to boat up on Sacandaga Lake, Lake George or Saratoga Lake, make sure all the kids are wearing life jackets in.
Summer is the best time of year here in the Capital Region. If you are a busy family looking for great activities for your children, you might consider checking out a great childcare program. If you have questions, reach out to TSL Adventures.
Sensory play might not be something the average parent might think about. But, it is a very important part of helping children develop the proper social, cognitive and physical skills as the mature.
If childcare providers focus on helping children use all of their senses (touch, taste, sight, smell, movement…) through what we call sensory play, you, as a parent, will see substantial language development, cognitive growth and fine tuning motor skills, among others.
Young children starting off in preschool need fun activities that stimulate all of their senses, promoting them to take initiative and experience new things. It is, by far, the best thing that they can do to learn new things in the world around them as they grow.
Research demonstrates that as children actively use their senses in conjunction with one another, this helps to build pathways between nerves within the brain. When it comes to the importance of sensory play, this is a crucial factor because it establishes a foundation for preschoolers to be able to work towards more complex tasks, strengthens language development, improves problem solving skills and supports cognitive growth.
Sensory play can help enhance and improve social skills. When young children are participating in sensory play with their friends, they will learn so much by watching how others play with, and use different things. They will learn how to properly communicate, when guided by a caregiver, and use different objects in new ways.
Preschoolers always first learn by using their sense. If they encounter hot water, super cold ice cubes or other items, they are learning through either positive or negative reinforcement. These experiences will help them form connections and associations that they will not soon forget.
Sensory play might involve pinching PlayDoh, pouring water into a cup, squeezing a plastic bottle or smelling a scratch-n-sniff page out of a great children’s book. They will enhance their fine motor skills the more interaction and experience they have. A great example is learning how to tie their shoes or snap their fingers.
As young children explore and stretch out of their comfort zones, they are developing at an exponential rate. They develop their language patterns and learn things they like or don’t like.
If you are looking for childcare programs that bring out the best in your children, please consider calling TSL Adventures.
It’s important to recognize that outstanding childcare programs share certain characteristics that can be used as guidelines for the many others who are just starting out or others, working on making marked improvements. It is critical that childcare centers are always putting the children first, creating safe, creative and thought-provoking environments that foster learning, taking initiative and developing great social relationships.
Here are some of the many characteristics you should be on the lookout for when researching if a program and facility is the right fit for you and your family.
· High standards & strict guidelines. They should have clear policies and standards that emphasize their mission statement, their core beliefs, the teaching and learning philosophy and their approach to enhancing creativity and social interaction.
· Recognition of the local needs of families. Staff should be investing time to work with families that might have struggling children and are willing to accommodate and be flexible as necessary.
· Staff benefits. A childcare program is only as good as the people who work there. Seeing the commitment to quality salaries and/or benefits for their staff will further your confidence that it is not a revolving-door facility. Employees are there because they want to be there and know they are appreciated for their contributions.
· Financial opportunities. Those who leverage financial contributions from parents and outside sources like foundations or other local groups to make the programs and facilities more enriching and effective are always good to pursue.
· Community alliance. Seeking out partnerships with local organizations, committees, fund-raising opportunities and other good causes demonstrates the true commitment to invest in the local community.
· Education. A facility and staff that desires to educate parents and come along side them to help add value with children in their early years is proof that they are doing what they love and are long-committed to.
Quality childcare is something that takes significant time, commitment, energy and a genuine passion for providing outstanding care. Fostering creativity, learning and enhancing social interaction skills are the foundation of a great program.
If you are looking for great childcare programs in Albany, consider TSL Adventures. We humbly embody the characteristics discussed above and would love the opportunity to meet you and your children!!!
There are many opportunities for children to be engaged in wholesome activities after the regular school day is over. Some children are set on the television or are glued to their phone, computer or other technology. They are not aware that there is a world of knowledge and fun out there where they would feel better sharing with their peers. These are the benefits of after school activities and there are many more. As parents, you and your child can discover these benefits by seeking out a great after school program in Albany.
How After School Programs Work
Many after school programs exist and you may find several in your area. These programs are operated mainly by community organizations, faith-based institutions and schools. Children have a lot of time on their hands after the school day ends, and this sure needs a little structure to help them turn it into something meaningful. You will find a range of activities to get them actively engaged in one way or another, depending on their age. Here are some of the ways children are engaged in and how they benefit.
Academic Skill-Building – Children are able to build on the academic skills learnt in the regular school system. They get a chance to re-enforce what was learnt during the day school through homework and study sessions. You would not be surprised that children who attend these programs are further ahead academically than those who do not.
Involvement in Physical Activities – After school facilities have plenty of structured sporting and recreational activities for children to pass their time. So whether a child’s interest is in soccer, baseball, games or simply free play, they have opportunities to develop physically and emotionally as they discover their potentials and build confidence. Be mindful also that when they are engaged physically it helps them avoid childhood obesity.
Involvement in Community Service – Children get to join clubs and other social groups where they can explore their special interests. They work with others who share the same talents, interests and values. In joining for example service clubs, they develop the importance of volunteering, helpfulness, caring, and working together. They are often seen offering their services helping with community services. Those who are more artistically inclined will chose to engage in activities that involve dance, art, music and theatre.
Completing Homework – After school providers are a big help in getting children to complete homework, and in a timely manner. Parents who do not have a lot of time to supervise their children’s homework activities benefit greatly. Apart from having a designated homework area where they can focus on their assignments, there are dedicated staff to keep children focus and to guide them in getting the work done.
Handling Difficult Subject Matter – Children who are struggling with a subject often become better at it. By having an expert to help them grasp the concepts better, and by becoming more focused in a different study environment, they develop greater confidence in doing their work. The opportunity to work with their peers also helps them handle challenging subjects.
Developing Social Skills – Children develop abilities to relate to others. This happens through sharing with their peers and developing wholesome adult communication and relationships in afterschool activities. They learn to respect and value others for who they are.
Engaging in Activities that Build Self Esteem – Many children are not very confident in expressing themselves. Being in large classes at school worsens the problem too. Being involved however in smaller group settings in afterschool lift their self-esteem so they become more open with their peers and with the adults they interact with.
Developing Leadership Skills – These are the programs that draw out the skills to lead others. When children engage in community projects, their planning and organizing skills unfold and soon others are looking to them to lead the pack. Afterschool program organizers can also depend on them for support and help with monitoring program activities. They develop skills such as initiative, cooperation and decision-making that will be important in their adult years.
The ideal situation for many families is to be able to spend a lot more quality time with their kids. However, with full time work this is impossible. After school activities have come to the rescue and everybody benefits, especially your children.
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