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Dangers of kids and cars during the winter

The average puffy coat or snowsuit usually adds about 4 inches of slack into the child’s harness straps. Those extra 4 inches significantly increases the risk of injury and particularly head injury. If there is every a place to cross your Ts and dot your I’s, your child’s car seat is certainly the place. It can literally save your child’s life.

The fluff from your child’s jacket can make it seem like their straps on the car seat are snug but in all reality they are actually loose putting your child’s life in danger. A way that you can test whether or not the straps are tight enough is, if you have room for more than one finger at your child’s collar bone than the straps are too loose. The straps aren’t actually holding in your child’s body.

It is important to secure your child with the cars seat straps because, in an accident the child’s body will come to a jolting stop allowing the child to move forward. That increases the child’s risk of hitting their head on windows, or doors, or seats in front of them.

To still keep your child warm without the big fluffy coat try layering their clothing. Below is a picture for the correct way to strap your child in.


Akeba Academy always puts the safety of the child first, If your looking for a childcare provider who values what you value give us a call today (912) 289-2734

How To Save On Childcare During Tax Season

Who qualifies as a person who needs care? In order to be eligible, the person who needs the care can fall into one of four categories:

1. Your spouse who lived with you for at least half the year and is not physically or mentally unable to care for themselves.

2.  A dependent of yours, other than a child, who lived with you for at least half the year and is physically or mentally unable to care for themselves.

3. Someone who is unable to care for themselves and lived with you for more than half the year and otherwise would qualify as your dependent. For example, they do not have too much income or someone else’s dependent has filed as married filing jointly.

4. In general, you can claim a tax credit as an expense paid for someone who is your child 12 years or under or otherwise a dependent at 13 years or older and not able to care for themselves.

You must also subtract any amount of money that has been given to you by your employer as a benefit for this total expense. You are permitted to claim up to $3,000 in expenses if you have one person who qualifies for childcare services and up to $6,000 if you have two or more. However, these do not have to be split up evenly. For example, if you have one infant and one eight year old and both went to Akeba Academy and received childcare services, the infant’s care may cost more than half of the $6,000. You can still claim all of those expenses toward your credit.

Who can claim this credit?

You may claim this credit if you needed Akeba Academy to provide your childcare services because you are working or even looking for a job. If you file as single head of household or qualifying widower, you must have some type of earned income such as wages, salaries, tips, or self-employment income.Have you been a full-time student or unable to care for yourself? You can still claim this credit.

How big of a tax credit can you get?

You can receive up to 35% of your expenses and the expenses. The expenses you can get that 35% on are capped at $3,000 for one qualifying person and $6,000 for two or more. The percentage goes down as the earned income goes up. You cannot claim expenses that exceed either you or your spouse’s earned income for the year.

Be sure to choose Akeba Academy as your childcare so that you know at the end of the year you are eligible for this tax credit. All you need to do is complete form 2441 and also a 1040 or a 1040A. You cannot use a 1040EZ to take this credit. Once you’ve been enrolled with our organization, you can receive your tax documents every year no later than January 5. We look forward to serving you in your childcare needs.

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

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

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

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

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