Loose parts are materials that are both natural and synthetic. They empower children to play creatively without limitations. A stick can become a bridge and rocks can become animals. The possibilities are endless. By exposing children to loose parts play we are allowing them the opportunity to use abstract thought while simultaneously allowing for concrete exploration.
I enjoy using loose parts in both sensory play and on their own. Loose parts also provide opportunities for parallel play and cooperative play.
examples of loose parts:
Natural play area
water • sand • dirt • sticks • branches • logs • driftwood • grasses • moss • leaves • flowers • pinecones • pine needles • seeds • shells • bark • feathers • boulders • rocks • pebbles • stones
balls • hoops • jump ropes • tires • sand • water • dirt • straw • boulders • rocks • stones • pebbles • buckets • cups • containers • digging tools • chalk • scarves • ribbons • fabric
blocks • building materials • manipulatives • measuring • pouring devices (cups, spoons, buckets, funnels) • dramatic play props • play cars, animals, and people • blankets • materials • floor samples • water • sand • sensory materials • recycled materials (paper tubes, papers, ribbons, caps, lids, wood scraps, wire, foam, cardboard) • plastic gutters • small plungers • tools • art materials (buttons, spools, natural and colored popsicle sticks, beads, straws, paints, brushes)
CAUTION! loose parts that are small can be choking hazards, please do not use anything smaller than 1.25 inches for children under three. Always provide supervision while playing with loose parts.
I would love to see how you are playing with loose parts! comment bellow to share your ideas.
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After hours and hours of writing policies and procedures, business plans, bank meetings, phone consults with mentor agencies, emails upon emails with the Ministry of Education, fire inspections, zoning approvals and so much more we are in the "home stretch".
I couldn't be happier or more excited to start this next chapter of my life. I am so thankful for the support of my family, friends, mentors and community members who have rallied behind me throughout this process.
Child care or more importantly Home Child Care is my passion. I love everything about it. The noninstitutionalized environment, small ratios, mixed age groupings, compassionate and developmentally appropriate early childhood education. I love how home child care benefits children, their parents/guardians, the community and the providers themselves. The old saying goes "it takes a village to raise a child". I am a strong believer in the community atmosphere provided within the home child care setting.
Thank you for reading and for encouraging my dream.
When: April 22nd 2017, 1pm-3pm
Where: Stirling-Rawdon Public Library (downstairs in the art room)
Facilitated by Kristina Schwartz.
It will be an afternoon full of information about the business side of home child care.
Questions to be answered:
Why provide licensed home child care?
why choose Little Lambs Home Daycare as your licensing agency?
What is Little Lambs Home Daycare business philosophy?
How payment/paychecks are calculated
What types of professional development will be offered?
what are the criteria's to becoming a provider?
What types of supports are available?
How to find clients
and any other question that may arise.
There will be snacks and light refreshments for those who attend.
I hope you see you there,
Thank you to two of Stirling's finest for making a routine and boring inspection into an incredible morning for the kids.
Fire inspection is now complete. They gave a couple recommendations but my house was given their approval. Now on to the next criteria!
The fire chief will be coming Tuesday to inspect my home office as well as child care space. Thank you Stirling for being an amazing small town. I somehow convinced the chief to bring a truck with him so the kids can have a hands on learning experience while a less fun inspection is happening!
I would like to send a huge thank you to Brittany from Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health. She has been an unbelievable resource. Many email attachments have been sent my way with all of HPEPH child care requirements. This made having to write my own policies much easier.
The ministry of education makes sure that all "i's" are doted and "t's" are crossed. For parents looking for child care, knowing that licensed child care has to encompass not only developmentally appropriate and inclusive environments but they have to be inspected for safety is a huge bonus.
What I will be working on this week:
I will continue to post updates so check back often to see how the licensing process is coming along. Wish me luck on my to do list.