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Education Recreation

Should We Be Worried About the Mental Health of Preschoolers?

Until a few years ago, nobody thought much about the mental health of preschoolers. Young kids were… kids. Nothing more. Kids, of course, are silly and immature.  They do dumb things.  Weird things. Today, though, attitudes have completely changed. Mental health is a hot topic in the media. Everyone from celebrities to college students are […]

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Schedule

What’s the Purpose of Quiet Time at Daycare?

Believe it or not, there’s a lot going on during quiet time at a daycare. Most obvious is sleep. Young kids usually need naps in the middle of the day. (And everyone else–teachers, other kids–need them to nap!) However, scheduled quiet time includes more than a recharge. That’s why putting kids into nap/won’t-nap categories doesn’t […]

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Fun

What Do Kids Do at a Screen-Free Daycare?

As a parent, you probably have mixed emotions about screen time at daycare. On the one hand, some is OK because… well, it’s daycare. On the other hand, too much is bad. But how much screen time is too much? Thirty minutes a day? An hour? Two hours? (According to one survey of daycare centers, […]

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Outdoors

Why Outdoor Play Should Be on the Daily Schedule of Your Daycare

Is outdoor play “weather dependent” at your daycare? It is for most daycares… and that’s a problem. You see daycare licensing agencies leave weather interpretation up to the staff. While licensors do prefer that kids go outside every day, they do not issue edicts.  So there’s no ironclad definition of “good” or “bad” weather. Subjective […]