A Full Daycare EVERY Day! Even When A Child is at Home Sick or Away on Vacation!

One of the biggest challenges of being a home daycare provider is our fluctuating salary. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to rely on a regular pay check amount every month? Many providers have an enrolment policy that states the parents only pay for the days when their child is in care. If the…
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Easy Cardboard Tube Maze -Provides Hours of Fun!

Will you have empty wrapping paper tubes in your house soon? Wrapping paper tubes can be transformed into many different toys and endless hours of fun. Save them!  They will provide many creative activities for your daycare children. Do you have children who LOVE mazes in your home daycare? I made this cardboard tube maze…
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Apple Activities- Science and Math Fun for 2-4 year olds! Easy Applesauce Recipe Included

We went apple picking this fall and here are a few activity ideas you could use in your home daycare.  Our topic was apples but I also do similar activities with the topic being pumpkins or corn or even a holiday such as Halloween. I’ll show you how I involve the different age groups and…
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Have Babies & Toddlers? Want to Teach Your Preschooler Math Concepts? Not Enough Time? Try A “Learning Walk!”

Are you feeling frustrated because you want to spend more time helping your preschooler count and recognize numbers? Is it impossible to find time to sit down with your preschooler because you also have a toddler or a baby? This is a common scenario for a home daycare provider.  My favourite way to juggle teaching…
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One Tip to Foster Strong Relationships with Kids -Encourage Their Interests

The basis for having a group of daycare children who listen to your guidance and follow your lead is having a strong positive relationship with each child.  Little ones are not always going to be eager to follow instructions. What two year old wants to clean up their toys so they can take a nap?…
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DIY Ball Run

My neighbour was recycling this giant flat piece of cardboard and I immediately thought-  BALL RUN! Marble runs are fun to make with older children but they aren’t safe for toddlers because of the marbles being choking hazards. This section of cardboard was big enough to make ramps that fit a medium sized ball. We…
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Ten Inexpensive Activities for Two Year Olds

I had a request from a reader the other day asking for inexpensive activities she could do with two-year olds in her home daycare.  It got me thinking about the different activities I have done with toddlers over the years and how this age can be, at the same time, wonderful and challenging. Two-year olds…
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Help Kids Recharge after a Busy School Day -3 Tips

  It’s back to school time and that means tired kids in your after school home daycare program.  September tends to be a month of change and new routines for most children. If you have school aged children in your home daycare there is a good chance you are spending the last few hours of…
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Create a “Play Centre” to Ignite the Imagination

Children who can set the stage for imaginary play end up playing creatively for hours.  This type of play helps young children learn how to problem solve, use materials they have on hand, transform one object into something else, work out emotions and feel in control. Some children naturally enter into long drawn out games…
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Letter “U” -Letter of the Week Program

Welcome to letter “U” week everyone.  Letter “U” is for umbrella in our letter craft this week. There was the possibility of making the letter “U” into a unicorn but I really want to stick with the short vowel sound of letters for my preschoolers.  There will be lots of time for unicorns, unicycles and…
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