How to Help Children Get Along: Supporting Children Treat Each Other Fairly

Have you noticed boys excluding girls from “real boy” play or from activities involving strength? When you see children express stereotypes, talk with children about how these attitudes and comments are based on false information…

What are some fun activities to do with children in child care?

Child care providers are always on the lookout for fun activities for kids. Having fun and engaging activities for the children in your care is part of creating a joyous child care program. Care Courses offers a free one-hour course called A Joyful Life of Caregiving, which will give you great ideas for adding more joy to your child care program.

How do Child Care Providers Deal with Stress?

Stress is a part of everyone’s lives. The causes of stress are many—ranging from small, everyday occurrences to large, life-changing events. We often think of stressful events as negative, but even joyful events can produce stress. In addition to stresses that are part of everyday life, you have many opportunities to encounter stressful situations inContinue reading “How do Child Care Providers Deal with Stress?”

How to Make a Running Record

As a caregiver or teacher, it is essential for you to have accurate and up-to-date information about each child’s level of development. Observing children’s normal activities is your most reliable source of this information. Care Courses offers Observing, Recording, and Assessing Children’s Development, which covers the best ways to perform observations and to assess children’s development.Continue reading “How to Make a Running Record”

How can I help children and parents at drop-off time when the child is new to my program?

Mornings can be tough, especially for families new to child care or starting a new care arrangement. Saying good-bye can be agonizing for children and their parents. Our course, Parents and Child Care, helps you help families prepare for and overcome the separation anxiety many families experience when starting a new program. Share the following tips withContinue reading “How can I help children and parents at drop-off time when the child is new to my program?”

Why do toddlers bite?

As we discussed in our post on infants and biting, children bite for various reasons during different periods of development. For toddlers, biting is typically an attempt to communicate desires and feelings. Toddlers are impulsive and lack self-control. They experience intense, sometimes conflicting emotions, often moving quickly from one mood to another. During the toddler period,Continue reading “Why do toddlers bite?”

Why do infants bite?

Incidents of biting in early child care can be alarming for everyone involved: the child who bit, the child who was bitten, the caregiver, and the families of the children. Biting can happen without warning, even when a caregiver is nearby. As unpleasant as it is, biting is a normal phase that some children goContinue reading “Why do infants bite?”

How can I help children treat each other fairly?

Children are always learning and observing from the world around them. This includes everything from the way you react to their mistakes to stereotypes in our society. It is your role as a childcare provider to notice children’s stereotypical attitudes, the stereotypical comments they make, and their actions that stem from these attitudes. By helpingContinue reading “How can I help children treat each other fairly?”

How can I support young children’s social-emotional development?

Many childcare providers often wonder how they can best support how young children feel about themselves, how they understand, manage, and express their emotions, how they relate and interact with other people, and how they react to social situations. These relationships and emotions fall within the domain of social-emotional development. As a caregiver, you haveContinue reading “How can I support young children’s social-emotional development?”

Is time-out an appropriate discipline technique?

Many adults see time-out as a valuable non-violent method of disciplining misbehaving children. Although this is a common view, it is a misguided one. Time-out can foster hostility, resentment, and even defiance in a child. Children’s behavior that adults consider “bad” is really evidence of some problem the child is experiencing. Instead of banishing theContinue reading “Is time-out an appropriate discipline technique?”