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12366573_1212516315432284_1299716862_nAre you a busy mom and you’re looking for a dependable daycare provider? Are you currently using a babysitter that’s not dependable? Are you ready to get your children on a schedule so that you can make life easier for you? We know exactly what you’re looking for here at Akeba Academy. As owner and founder of Akeba Academy, I know exactly what it’s like to have a need for childcare providers to help me with my child.

When I first got started in business I had the pleasure of having my son come to school with me every day. As we transitioned out of that first childcare location and I began to do other lines of business, I became a parent that was looking for a reliable childcare provider. I wanted an environment where I would be able to take my son to school, and know that he was going to school and not just to a babysitter. I found that in a local preschool that’s no longer open. We were excited about my son having the opportunity to be in a learning environment and to go to school.

We are offering you the same opportunity that I was looking for when I wanted my son in a school-like environment. Here at Akeba Academy our classrooms are set up for the school-like environment and our children wear uniforms. We offer parents the help they need because we provide quality childcare. We also provide all of the essentials with our rates, from your mat, to cover, to food. No longer will you have to pay each item as separate price. All of it is included with our weekly rates.

If you’re currently a family member of Akeba Academy, why not give the gift of early childhood care and education? Stop by our office and pick up a gift certificate that you can give to a friend. They can try us free for absolutely no cost. I cannot wait to find out if we are your chosen provider. You can give us a call 912-289-2725

Benefits Of Early Learning

Abundance of benefit of early childhood education will help children. Early childhood education is important and it is not an option. Meaning as parents we should understand that early childhood education is very important so that there is no other consideration whether children really need it or not. Early childhood education play very important role in helping a good development for children. Early childhood education is the fundamental that teach children ”learning while playing”. Recent studies shows in the early years of child’s life (some said the first eight years) is the stage where the brain and the brain cells ”connect ”. A good early childhood education will help the child’s brain grows optimally and also on the other hand a bad early childhood education will influence the child’s brain development in the other way. Early childhood curriculum is not only focused on preparing children intellectually and academically to enter primary education. More than that to enter primary education also requires other aspects to support their readiness in primary education, such as how to socialize, emotional maturity , and a  good sensory motor skills as well.12366573_1212516315432284_1299716862_n

That’s why Akeba Acadmey is offering a FREE WEEK of childcare to your family and friends. Refer us to a friend and give the gift of learning. Hurry the offer ends soon. Give us a call at 912-289-2725

At What Age Should My Child Start Childcare?

In truth, there is no best time to start childcare. The decision entirely rests on what suits your family and your child. Irrespective of the age, the first time you leave your child in childcare, it is bound to be challenging. Your child may cry for the first few days, but eventually things will start getting easier.

 

Usually, when parents wait longer for placing their child in childcare, it gives them more time to bond with each other, for the umbilical cord to heal completely, and for other newborn newness faced by both parent and child to diminish. This adjustment period is said to be between 3-6 months. However, if you’re a working mom, and have only a six-week maternity leave, then starting childcare between 3-6 months is not a practical option for you. Where here at Akeba Academy we start accepting children at the age of 6 weeks old. So the 3-6 month wait will not become an inconvenience to parents.Image result for parents talking to baby teacher

 

The prevalent practice in childcare institutions is that a healthy and full-term infant can be enrolled into a childcare program at 6 weeks of age. Institutes such as Akeba Academy equipped to handle infants and cater to their special needs. If the young age of your child gives you anxiety, you can build a relationship with your child care worker and get regular updates about their progress. Here at Akeba Academy we believe in a open line of communication to all parents on their child’s progress throughout the day.Image result for parents talking to baby teacher

 

Remember, there is no such thing as the perfect age for starting childcare; it varies for everyone. Try to relax and make an informed decision. Your positive approach to childcare arrangements can have a great effect on your child.

 

So when it comes to making the decision on what age your child should start childcare and you need assistance at the end of your 6 week maternity leave, consider Akeba Academy. We are always excepting children 6 weeks and up. So stop by our location at 2606 Altama Ave or give us a call at (912) 289-2725. Where Childcare is Our Specialty!!

 

 

 

4 Ways To Save On Childcare

4 Ways to Save On Childcare

Childcare’s are a blessing for working parents, the cost of childcare is about 8% of your paycheck. So, as responsible you’ve got to be prepared for the expense. But, just because you want to opt for a full-time care, doesn’t mean you can’t trim costs. Here are some tips that we recommend from Akeba Academy that will help lower your child care cost:

1. Start early: You must begin your hunt for the right childcare facility early on, for two reasons – best childcare centers stay full or space gets taken early, and you may be lucky to get early bird discounts

 

2. Consider the distance: when looking for a Childcare center, calculate the drive time and gas cost it will take to drop and pick up your child. It may turn out to be that a slightly more expensive childcare located closer to your home may be cost-effective than a cheaper childcare further away. Especially if you work in our downtown Brunswick, Georgia area, choosing Akeba Academy is directly on your path.... downtown brunswick georgia originally settled in 1738 today brunswick

 

3. Look at the base price as well as the benefits: cost is an important factor while searching for childcare, however, it shouldn’t be the only factor. Check out their learning curriculum and the activities that they children perform during the day. Going cheap could cause you to have your child in an “Play all day” “Watch TV all day” environment. Here at Akeba Academy your child will be exposed to our published curriculum that’s designed to help your child to master their early learning skills and build self confidence! We focus on opportunities for children to be Smarter than the average!

4. Tax savings: By simply paying for child care, your family may be able to gain tax benefits. You can either opt for flexible spending accounts with your employer or the Child and Dependent Care Credit on your taxes. Compare the two and see which option is best for your needs. Either service that you choose we can accommodate our parents and provide you with accurate yearly statements.

Paying for child care is definitely one of the “must have” expenses you have to bear as a parent. But, with these steps, it will be possible for you to save big on high-quality childcare for your children.
We would love to work with you! Call our office so that we can create a childcare package to fit your schedule and budget needs, we can be reached at 912-289-2725.

 

Preparing For Preschool

Starting preschool is one of the many exciting milestones of childhood. However, it can also be a stressful time for both children and parents, especially if it is your child’s first time going to school. By taking some time to prepare your child and yourself, the transition can go smoothly for your whole family.

Keep your child informed. It is natural for your child to be nervous about going to preschool. Talk to your child about preschool and what he will do there. Try to keep these conversations casual so your child does not feel intimidated or overwhelmed.

Use books to prepare. Include some children’s books about the first day of school along with the other books you and your child read together. This will give your child the opportunity to ask questions and express any fears she may have. You can ask her new teachers or the librarian at your public library for recommendations.

Get into a routine. Start to adjust your child’s sleeping and eating schedules slowly in the weeks leading up to the first day of preschool. This will help smooth the transition and make him more comfortable when school finally starts and you have to be out the door at a certain time.

Go for a visit. Find out if your child’s preschool has a visiting day or orientation for new families. This is an opportunity for you to talk with the teachers and have your questions answered. Your child will also have a chance to meet his teachers, other students, and experience the preschool with you present.

Meet other preschoolers. If possible, organize a play date or two with children who will be in your child’s preschool class. This way not every face in the classroom will be unfamiliar when your child enters her classroom on the first day, and you can find other parents to share experiences with.

Give it time. Leave plenty of time on the first day to arrive at school and be prepared to spend some time in the classroom with your child. Some preschools even request that parents stay in the classroom for all or part of the first day of school. Anticipate some ups and downs the first few weeks of school as your child gets settled, but know that soon your whole family will be adjusted to your new routine.

Here at Akeba Academy we can help prepare your child for preschool with our learning made easy curriculum. We are actually enrolling kids now to be apart of our preschool program. Give us a call today (9120 289 – 2725kids learning outside

Everyday Ways To Support Your Toddler’s Learning And Development

  • Encourage fine motor development.Provide your toddler with fat crayons or non-toxic, washable markers, and let him scribble on paper. This will get him interested in and give him practice drawing, coloring, and writing.
  • Spend time outside.Your toddler will want to run and climb, and the outdoors is a great place for her to do this. Help her climb and play on an age appropriate playground structure. You can also engage your child outdoors by playing with a ball, or introducing her to a bicycle or riding toy that is safe and appropriate for her age and size.
  • Use rhythm and rhyme.A great way to stimulate your toddler’s language development is with rhythmic rhymes. Sit with him on your knees facing you and recite simple rhymes. Don’t worry, if you don’t know any, you can make them up as you go along! You can also listen to music and hold his hands and dance.
  • Toys and games.At this age, there are many things your toddler can play with. She will like blocks and toys that can be stacked. She may also like push, pull, and riding toys, such as a miniature stroller or cars and trains. You can also engage her with simple puzzles. She may also like to ‘help’ you with what you are doing; for example, if you are cooking, give her some pots and pans to play with.
  • Read to your child.Reading to your child is one of the best gifts you can give him. Pick simple sturdy books with bright pictures and let him help turn the pages while you read the words on each page. Wordless books are also great at this age, and you can make up your own storyIMG_20150618_110012592

At Akeba Academy our lesson plans are always filled with activities such as the ones listed above. The picture in this blog is our class working on their fine motor skills. When it comes to learning and development we don’t stop until your child reaches their goal!

Call us at (912) 289-2725

5 Board Games That Can Improve Reading Skills

Family game nights are a great way to spend time together, but what about adding a little bit extra to the mix?

What if we, as parents, made a teensy-tiny more of an effort to sneak in some learning along the way?  We can add in little number recognition practice by playing bingo, or work on quick addition skills with dice games.  We can help kids practice some critical thinking by doing family brain teasers or even strategy with simple card games like Rummy, Uno, or Spades.

The cool thing is that many of the board games we played as children can do more for our kids than just be fun ways of passing time together.

Try sneaking in some reading with these 5 board games:

Majority Rules:  this game gives players a chance to see Democracy in action! Reading, voting, and writing, imaginations run wild with this game.

Life: There’s a whole lot of chance in this classic board game, but there’s also a whole lot of reading.

Monopoly: Yes, you may need to set aside a good chunk of time to play this favorite board game, but who cares because your kids will be reading more than you think!

Apples to Apples: A super-fun family game that will get players thinking and laughing and stretching their minds, since every single card requires reading.  It’s all about comparing with this game, friends. Apples to apples.

Scrambled States of America: One of our all-time favorite games to play. You’ll never look at our nation’s states, capitals, or nicknames quite the same.

At Akeba Academy we play learning games with the children all the time. It motivates them to learn while they’re having a good time as well.

4 Tips For Your Picky Eater

  • Serve right-sized portions.Parents often overestimate how much food a child should eat. Especially with foods that aren’t yet favorites, a couple of tablespoons is plenty to start with. Small portions are less overwhelming, while bigger portions may encourage overeating.
  • Don’t negotiate.It’s fine to encourage kids to “try one bite” but don’t fall into the negotiating trap. Prepare and serve healthy meals and let them decide what to eat.
  • Have family meals together.Set your toddler’s place at the family table — it’s good for kids of this age to see their parents and siblings eating together and eating healthy foods. Kids eat a more nutritious diet, with more fruits and vegetables, when they regularly have family meals.
  • Create positive peer pressure.Toddlers are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables if they see their peers eating them, so look for opportunities where they can eat healthy with friends.

At Akeba Academy we serve breakfast, snack and lunch. We always make sure the meals are healthy. Having your child here daily at Akeba Academy gets them in the habit of eating healthy foods that they wouldn’t normally eat.

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Tidy Up The House In 10 Minutes

Pop the little kids’ favorite DVD into the player and give them a small no-mess snack so they’re occupied—this way, they won’t undo your work as you go. Meanwhile, you, your partner and big kids can zip around the house.

 Give yourself three minutes for a sweep through the rooms. Grab a bin or basket or two and pick up everything that doesn’t belong: dirty laundry, excess shoes, toys, models of the Eiffel Tower. In the family room, stash books and magazines  into an ottoman or a drawer in your coffee table, if you have one. In the kitchen, the big kids can clear the counter and load the dishwasher. Don’t worry about sorting things nicely—that’s for another time.

 Finish picking up in the bathroom and, while you’re there, take three minutes: Flush the toilet, close lid, close the shower curtain, wipe counters and replace towels. The key to a quick bathroom turnaround is a little prep. Pack a set of clean coordinated towels and washcloths in a zippered bag (the kind comforters come in). Include kitchen and dining room linens, if you like. When company drops by, you won’t have to scrounge in the linen closet. After they leave, do the laundry and pack the set back up, ready for the next visitors.

 On to the kitchen! You and your helpers have three minutes to wipe the table and counters, put out the garbage, clean under the table with something like a Swiffer WetJet (especially if your children are small and floors are sticky).House_Cleaning_Home

A minute left! Enough time to comb your hair. And take a big breath.

If you need some time to just relax, bring your kids to Akeba Academy, we’ll keep them occupied for you. We understand how busy you parents are. Feel free to give us a call (912)289-2725

How To Help Your Child Overcome Fear

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Give children information about their fears. Knowing about things helps to make children less fearful (but not too much detail for young children).

Validate

This means listening to, understanding and not making fun of your child’s fears.

  • Respond to your children’s fear or cries by reassuring your children that they are safe, and cuddling or patting them until they calm down.
  • However, while you show your child that you understand that her fears are real, it is important not to let her think that you are also afraid because it will make her more fearful.

Encourage

Praise and reward your child when he makes a step towards fighting or confronting his fear, eg. getting closer to a dog if he is frightened of dogs.

  • Don’t force your cchild care overcoming fearhild to fully confront his fear, but take it a small step at a time.

Routines

These help children know what to expect and make children feel more secure and confident, eg. bedtime routines can help a child with fear of the dark.

Control

Having some control of the situation often helps with fears.

Opportunities

Provide opportunities for your child to develop skills and gain confidence in her own ability. Confidence can’t be developed on praise alone. It is success and being able to do things that build up a child’s confidence.

  • Let your child try things that she can do, and then give her lots of support and approval.
  • Read children’s stories that deal with fearful events that children overcome.
  • Provide times for fantasy play, dress-ups, drawings, etc., where children can express their fears and take control of them.

Here at Akeba Academy your child gets the opportunity to step out of his or her comfort zone giving them the chance to overcome fears and do things they wouldn’t normally do. Give us a call at (912) 289-2725.