We've been getting a lot of questions concerning potty training.
Sadly the number one factor pushing parents to potty train is not their child's readiness but societies (friends, parent's, in-laws, that perfect at everything Mom down the street…) constant judgment. Sometimes it's not even necessarily outside judgement but our own feelings of inadequacy. Judging ourselves as parents the way we judge our bodies when looking at a magazine does nothing to support our children.
When we follow our child's signs of readiness the entire potty training adventure will be much smoother. Not only smoother but quicker.
Please note that all children are individuals. They grow and develop at their own rate. Most will potty train between 18 months-2.5 years old. However this does not mean that there are no exceptions. There are the "God gifted children" who seemingly potty train themselves at ridiculously young ages…. this is rare and enviable by all parents. There are also children who for whatever reason could care less, don't understand their bodies signs or don't feel the sensation of "needing to go". For these children pushing them, con-sequencing them or using negative reinforcement of any kind will only further slow the process. It's also completely unnecessary.
I hope you find the information in this post useful. Every child will potty train eventually. Consistency, patience and kindness go a long way in helping your child.
Little Lambs has been on an exciting ride so far this year. As a licensed child care agency we build partnerships with our providers as much as we do our clients…if not more. Without the support of each individual provider there would be no Little Lambs.
This was a major factor leading to Little Lambs partnership with HiMama. In addition to introducing the new software we also provided each home with a tablet. By enabling our providers to revamp the way they complete their required documentation we hope to free up their time to do what really matters.
On that note I would like to share a few photos showcasing just how amazing our providers are. These photos showcase learning environments created by these ladies, snippets from their curriculum activities and child-initiated exploration.
With anticipation for what February will bring I leave you with these words.
"Simple fact: children are more interested
in the things they choose than the things
we choose for them."
This little video was first published to our facebook page. However I realize that not everyone loves and uses facebook. I am posting it here to ensure it reaches as many people as possible.
I had the privilege of being part of an amazing conference call about a month ago. Myself, representatives from Hastings County and other Daycare Directors all spoke about a new fee affordability pilot program. This program initiated by Hastings County Child Care Services staff reduces child care fees for all parents of infants and toddlers accessing licensed child care. Both Centre based care and home child care qualify for this program. This funding is not dependant on parental income. It simply supports all families.
This is huge to me for so many reasons.
Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts. If you enjoyed this posts and the attached video I welcome you to leave a comment and share on your social media pages. Let me know what you want to hear more about!
Enjoy this beautiful weekend.
Albert Einstein Said it best, "play is the highest form of research". The curriculum planning and spontaneous activities we do on a daily basis at Little Lambs encourages children to grow. We read, sing, explore, play, create, imagine, climb, run, jump, laugh, cry, console and cheer.
BUT… what does all of that really have to do with child development? In this post I am using a specific play based learning activity (nature walk) to explain what and how children learn. The domains of development are all encompassing and of course this learning activity did not check every single learning box. However It did check quite a few. This post is intended to support child care providers to integrate ELECT concepts into their daily journaling/reflections. I am also writing this post to show families how much children are actually benefitting from our play based learning philosophy.
Thank you for stopping by Little Lambs Blog page. As always I hope you find the knowledge I share useful in your every day life. I'd love to hear what activities you've been up to. Leave us a comment or share on our facebook page.
If home child care is a career you've pondered OR if you're a private child care provider wanting more for your business I want to help you! Little Lambs is seeking to establish Licensed child care programs in Madoc, Stockdale, Wooler, Frankford and Trenton. These locations are highly under serviced. Families are waitlisted constantly. Little Lambs has many attractive benefits for new and established providers. To learn more send a message or call Kristina at 613-827-1441 (Residents of Hastings County only).
please note: Not everyone is cut out to be a child care provider. We are only seeking providers who truly love children, have a boat load of patience, can maintain accurate records, plan developmentally appropriate activities and provide nutritious foods. We also require adequate play space (indoors and outside), a clean and inviting home, and a willingness to continue learning and growing their professional skills.
Thank you for stopping by. It's time to talk about nutrition. Toddlers and preschoolers have different nutritional needs from adults. Their tummies are smaller and therefore require more frequent meals/and snacks than adults with smaller portions.
I have created an original resource for families. This resource reads like a cookbook. Within it includes 5 simple recipes that are perfect for lunch or dinner. Preschool portions have been explained and reference Canada's Food Guide.
Some Important things to Remember when planning and feeding little ones:
I love this time of the year! The air is crisp, leaves are starting to change colours, people seem happier and everything just gets cozier.
At Little Lambs we will be busy this week exploring how our environment is changing.
We will be crafting with natural materials we've collected on our adventures. These crafts will be delivered in an "invitation to create" curriculum format. Children will have the opportunity to create using their own imaginations . They will discover textures, colours, new words and more.
We will also be busy singing some of our favourite songs. Music is a fantastic way to encourage speech and language development. Some of our favourite songs this time of the year are:
While we follow a child let curriculum that doesn't mean that the children are left to do whatever they want. We will be building on the children's interests by creating activities and co-learning with the children.
The actives we love this time of the year are:
-sensory bins (lots of great smells and textures to add this time of the year: cinnamon, pine needles, pumpkin spice, straw, leaves, bark, etc)
-simple outside free play
-watching the clouds
-playing dress up
Eating Is also very important. Here is a menu from my home this week. Our other providers create their own menus weekly. Let's just say, "children are fed well at Little Lambs homes".
thank you for stopping by,
Have a great week!
Early Years at Home
When we refer to home we refer to a feeling of welcome, family, comfort and belonging. Licensed home child care offers the feeling of "home" with the benefits of early years pedagogy.