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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!!

 

 

 

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

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.

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.