Category: childcare/daycare

Quality After School Includes Play!

Quality After School Includes Play!

[ 0 ] October 16, 2012 |

By Cathy Saunders, Director of Education, Providence Children’s Museum

Play is important for children’s healthy development. All too often the school day offers little or no opportunities for children to play – recesses are limited or eliminated, “test prep” replaces hands-on exploration, and so on. By the time the typical child finishes 5½ or more hours of school, he is ready for some fun!

Think about your childhood afternoons. What were some of your favorite memories – gathering with other kids at the park? Playing hoops at the local community center? Making messes in the kitchen? Doing Scouts or some other organized activity? Digging into your favorite hobby? I’ll bet that it included some time to rejuvenate as well as opportunities to engage your mind in something interesting to you.

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Spots still available in Child’s Play Nursery and Pre-School classes for 2012-2013!

Spots still available in Child’s Play Nursery and Pre-School classes for 2012-2013!

[ 0 ] August 17, 2012 |

Child’s Play is still accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year. They currently have 2 spaces in the Nursery Program and 3 spaces in the Preschool Program for the 2012-2013 school year. Students must be 3 years old (nursery) and 4 years old (preschool) by September 1.

Child’s Play is a parent – teacher cooperative school located on the East Side of Providence. With Toddler, Nursery and Pre-School programs, the curriculum is structured around the philosophy that children learn best through play.

They have experienced staff that provides a safe, supportive and nurturing classroom for the children. Small class sizes with 5:1 ratio and an exceptional facility with large, bright rooms and full indoor and outdoor play areas ensures that each child receives a rich, fostering learning environment in their early, formative years.

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Family Matters: Planning for Summer Camps + Childcare

Family Matters: Planning for Summer Camps + Childcare

[ 1 ] May 4, 2012 |

Whether it’s a fun summer camp at a farm or increasing childcare, now’s the time to make plans for long days of no school.

Have you finalized what you will do with the kids this summer or are you still making plans?

Summer options for children include: go to summer camp; continue the year-round childcare/daycare they already have; hire a nanny, au pair or babysitter; join a swim club with a babysitter; spend time with grandparents; or swap childcare with friends.

Which one of these ideas or combination works best for your family will depend on your child’s personality, your work schedule, and your budget. Here is a list of helpful suggestions to make this process a bit easier:

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Choosing the Right Preschool

Choosing the Right Preschool

[ 3 ] January 27, 2011 |

Today I welcome guest contributor Gayle J. Justynski, with over 20 years of experience working on behalf of young children as a teacher, director, and regulator. She shares her helpful advice on what to look for when choosing the right preschool for your child and family.

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BrightStars: Raising the Quality of Child Care in Rhode Island

BrightStars: Raising the Quality of Child Care in Rhode Island

[ 0 ] October 5, 2010 |

The early years are important for a child’s brain development and can affect how they continue to learn later on in life. That makes choosing a quality child care and early learning program very important. Finding consistent, quality child care that meets a family’s individual needs can be one of the most challenging aspects of […]

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An AU PAIR may be the right choice for childcare

An AU PAIR may be the right choice for childcare

[ 0 ] March 23, 2009 |

The current state of our economy has thrust many changes onto families in terms of work and finances. Families may need to reassess what type of childcare they need, finding something that fits their needs and budget. Nicole Joel Roswall, a local coordinator for Cultural Care in Rhode Island, shares why an au pair may […]

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The Best Babysitter

The Best Babysitter

[ 11 ] March 20, 2009 |

By Katy Killilea Years of experience, sympathy for children, first-aid certification . . . what makes a great babysitter? For their first few years, our kids’ only babysitters were their grandparents. But grandparents have a habit of going off to Hawaii when they might be needed. So we have had to branch out, and we’ve […]

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Tips for New Moms: Childcare Resources

Tips for New Moms: Childcare Resources

[ 5 ] March 12, 2009 |

Finding quality childcare for your baby can be a challenging task. Here are a few sites that may help in your search for an arrangement that meets your needs: • www.optionsforfamilies.org Options for Working Families is a nonprofit organization that provides a computerized database of licensed childcare providers in Rhode Island. • www.sittercity.com Sittercity.com helps […]

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Ten ways to be thrifty if you have children

Ten ways to be thrifty if you have children

[ 4 ] March 6, 2009 |

1.  Reduce your grocery bill. Do not grocery shop when you or your children are hungry—pack snacks for the kids if they accompany you—to avoid hunger tantrums and impulse snack buying. Plan your menus ahead of time and make a list so you’re less tempted to buy more than you need or will use during […]

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Win One Week of Summer Camp or Day Care!

Win One Week of Summer Camp or Day Care!

[ 0 ] June 3, 2008 |

Our new Kido contest is sponsored by Pawtucket Day Child Development Center. School is almost out. Do you know what your children are doing this summer yet? Pawtucket Day offers programs designed specifically for toddlers, pre-schoolers, and children before and after school up to age 12, including all-day camp during the summer. In their modern […]

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