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What To Expect From Toddlers Who Are Transitioning?

Seems like you just got comfortable with your child’s teachers in the infant care classroom and you find out it is time to think about moving up to toddler care. Whenever this transition happens, it may feel as stressful to us, as parents as it might to our children.

Here are some tips for transitioning into toddler care

Ask to meet your toddler’s new teachers to help build healthy parent-teacher relationships and to see the classroom ahead of time. Talk about your child and his needs and skills. Share how you like to receive classroom communication(verbally, on a daily sh0_0_0_0_226_170_csupload_35319796_largeeet, phone call, email, etc.) and what level of detail is important to you.

Request a gradual transition into toddler care. Whenever possible, it is better if your toddler can gradually ease into her new room. That said, it was important to follow your child’s lead. Some children have trouble going back and forth and the program should be flexible enough to adjust as needed.

It is important to give yourself and your child a chance to get comfortable with the toddler classroom and to bond with the new teachers. This process won’t always happen instantly. Give time for the new relationships to develop among you, your child and the new caregiver as you all adjust to a different style.

What to expect in the Classroom

Toddler classrooms have the reputation of being bustling and busy with children trying out their newly acquired skills of walking, climbing, and saying “no.” The infant room is more of a room with soft music and lighting, sleeping babies on their tummies on mats reaching for toys.

Some physical changes may accompany your child’s transition to the toddler room. Depending on your child’s center, the transition may also mean less reliance on bottles, more use of cups, and less0_0_0_0_250_188_csupload_35309254_large use of pacifiers. These are good topics to discuss with your child’s new teacher prior to the transition to toddler care.

Here at Akeba we try to communicate with the parents and acknowledge the milestone of “moving up”. As with many transitions, the more communication you can have is with your toddlers teacher. Give us a call today at (912)-289-2725!

 

Christmas is a time for family to get together, to give thanks, and to be grateful for everything that has been supplied to them throughout the year. Sometimes one may get the feeling that Christmas is only about Santa, giving of gifts, and making the children happy during this one day of the year.

Here at Akeba Academy we believe in all of those things as well, but we also believe that everyone in the family has a major part to play in the success and in the idea of having family time together. In today’s blog, we want to talk to you about how to include your infants and toddlers in your Christmas time together. We believe that the little ones are the most important and it is a great time for them to understand the reason for the season. Infants and toddlers can participate with their own arts and crafts, created by them for family members as well as friends and family who participate in your Christmas time.

At Akeba Academy our infant room offers infants six-weeks to twelve-months of age an opportunity to have one-on-one time with their teacher where they can create sensory arts and craft activities. They can be used as ornaments or even given as a gift inside of a picture frame. As you can remember when we were younger, our parents would take our baby shoes and dip them in copper and make plaques from our baby shoes. Those things are old-school but they were some of the most memorable gifts that you could ever give a parent or grandparent.

We believe that as the children get older the arts and crafts from their younger years is really what matters during this time of the year. Our infant program provides a small teacher-to-child ratio, loads of hands-on activities, lots of independence and love, and a large space for small explorers to move around and to become more independent each and every day. At Akeba Academy our infants are creating arts and crafts activities that can be used for years to come for grandparents, aunts, and uncles, as a memory.

If you’re looking for a childcare provider that values what you value, give us a call today by contacting us at 912-289-2725. We would love for you to visit our infant room and to allow your little one to become a part of our family today.IMG_0291

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

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.

 

Healthy Snacks For Toddlers

Despite what your mother used to tell you when you were a kid, snacks don’t have to spoil your appetite. In fact, when it comes to toddlers, healthy snacks should be a staple of their diet. It’s practically impossible for toddlers, with their tiny tummies, to eat as much as they need at mealtimes. And even if it were possible, you’d be hard-pressed to get a toddler to sit long enough at the table tohealthy snack blog eat a large meal So nourishing snacks are needed to fill in the nutritional gaps — and to keep those little tummies filled up. And if that’s not reason enough to keep the healthy snacks coming, consider this bonus: Snacks at regular intervals mean fewer hunger-fueled meltdowns.

 

 

Grains dry cereal, whole grain crackers, mini rice cakes, sliced bread, mini bagels, graham crackers, whole wheat tortillas
Vegetables veggie “matchsticks” (thin sticks) made from fresh carrots* or zucchini,* bell pepper rings, cherry tomatoes*, steamed broccoli, green beans, sugar peas, avocadoes
Fruits apple slices*, tangerine sections, strawberry halves, bananas, pineapple, kiwi, peach, mango, nectarine, melon, grapes*, berries, dried apricots*
Dairy low-fat cheese slices or string cheese, mini yogurt cups, fat-free or low-fat milk, low-fat cottage cheese
Protein Foods egg slices or wedges, peanut butter*, bean dip, hummus, slices of lean turkey* or chicken*, shelled pumpkin seeds

Here at Akeba Academy we serve snack daily to the kids and we always make sure it healthy. They usually have a fruit or some days whole grain sun chips.

Importance of Preschool

The majority of kids attend at least one year of preschool. Children who attend preschool enter kindergarten with better skills, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not go to preschool. Also to above skills children can learn to be respectful of others and also build confidence. Preschool provide a better way of teaching. Rather than sit kids down and ‘teach’ them, children learn best through doing the kinds of activities they like.

It supports that early education is key to long-term achievement. Many working parents could benefit from childcare. There is a growing belief that children gain a lot of knowledge from going to preschool. At preschool, children are exposed to information, numbers, letters, and shape. More important children learn how to interact with people — get along with other children and share.

Is FREE Childcare Better Than Private Childpreschoolcare?

Free Childcare:

The Government appreciates that the requirements of the children and the parents may change from time to time. For this purpose, the Government encourages flexibility on the part of the service provider.

Effective changes in the later educational outcomes of three-year-olds saw large increases in free early education. Changes are sighted making childcare easier. Children from a poor upbringing tend to have inferior language skills when they arrive at school.

Benefits of Free Childcare:

  • Free Childcare Center function in a variety of places including offices, community centers, schools and places of worship.
  • Free child care benefits disadvantaged children to improve their skills and show their abilities.
  • It can help your child to socialize with other children

But free childcare policy has no educational benefits in the longer term. It might be because the private pre-school places were high enough quality. Free childcare offer less personal one-to-one care

Private Childcare:

Child care is the supervision of a child or children. Private Childcare can run out of centers or private homes.Circle Time

Benefits of private childcare:

  • Private childcare is licensed private-home day care. These type of childcare Centers are Government- regulated and inspected.
  • Children of the same family can place together.
  • The caretaker has to assure safety and security of the child.
  • The caretaker has to meet standards of care.

But then again private childcare is expensive. Also, it works to fixed times with no flexibility if you need to work late or drop off early.

Here at Akeba Academy your kids will be safe and secure, they also will get attention and learn new things. We have a potty training system. We work hard to improve their math and reading skills. One of the pictures above is an actual picture from Akeba where our teachers are reading to the students. If interested please feel free to give us a call. (912) 289-2725

How to Handle a Clingy Child

Sometimes separation anxiety is triggered by a stressful change in your toddler’s life (such as a new sibling, home, or child-care arrangement). Or it can occur when your toddler (whether by design or by accident) has rarely been outside your care and isn’t used to being around other adults. Hence, the freak-out when it’s time to introduce a sitter into the mix. Sometimes, however, it seems like nothing but elaborate theatrics – the tearful meltdowns every morning at day-care clingy childdrop-off, which (your child’s teacher assures you) are over as soon as the door closes behind you.

Regardless of what’s causing your child’s clinginess, your best bet is to approach her with empathy – and a willingness to brush a few (or a lot) of tears off your shoulder on your way out. Don’t belittle, bribe, or beg; her feelings are valid, even if they are frustrating. When you’re leaving her at child care (or at home with a sitter), help her get busy with an activity she enjoys. Then make your departure short and sweet: A hug and a kiss, a few reassuring words, and a cheerful wave. (It’s never a good idea to sneak off when your toddler is looking the other way. This can backfire fast, since she may quickly conclude that it’s wisest never to let you out of her sight.) Once you’re gone, stay gone – looking back or giving in to her cries will only prolong the agony for both of you. Reassure yourself by checking in with the caregiver later. You’ll most likely learn that the drama of departure has long since dissipated, replaced by utter happiness.

If given the chance to branch out and be a little bit more independent can also help with clinginess. Enroll your child at Akeba Academy, your child will be able to branch out and interact with others and have so much fun that the next time you have to somewhere to go your child wouldn’t mind leaving your side. Give us a call (912) 289-2725