Top Ten Toys for Endless Hours of Play -Best Picks for a Home Daycare

  Many daycare providers and preschool teachers wonder:  What types of toys are best?  Which ones will the children play with again and again? Which ones are sturdy enough to last many years of constant wear and tear? Which ones will appeal to multiple age ranges of children? Which ones will be educational?  Which ones…
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Star Wars Theme Day

We had a recent birthday here and it was very close to May the 4th, as in ‘May the Fourth (Force) Be With You’ so we decided to host a Star Wars themed party.  I spent some time putting together a few simple games for the children.  Here are the games and printable links in…
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Writing Parent Newsletters -Example Template Included

Being informed creates a feeling of security.  My daycare parents love receiving a newsletter at the beginning of every month.  The newsletter is one way they feel connected to their child’s daycare days.  Many of my daycare children are very young and therefore do not have extensive vocabularies. They will attempt to tell their parents…
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Transition Tip to Begin Circle Time-Video

Have you ever watched a group of young children happily skip to sit in a circle when it was time for a group activity?  Did you wonder, how did that happen so smoothly?  I put together a short video to share some of the transition tips that have worked for me in my years as…
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Indoor Obstacle Course Ideas for All Ages!

Some days, my daycare children have boundless stores of energy.  They need to move their bodies!  One of our favourite indoor activities that really gets them moving is to set up an obstacle course in the playroom.  This activity never gets boring because we think up new courses every time.  I love an activity that…
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The Mitten Story -Drama Activity

The story of ‘The Mitten” by Jan Brett is a favourite for many children.  My daycare children enjoy reading the book and listening to the story using felt board puppets.  But they LOVE to act out the story themselves.  There is something about putting themselves into each characterer to really understand the story line. First…
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Needle Felted Waldorf King Winter Doll Tutorial

King Winter King Winter now is in the land, he reigns with cold and freezing hand. He makes Jack Frost touch nose and toes, and gives our cheeks a shining glow. Author Unknown King Winter stands nobly on the Nature Table in winter.  He is a mighty image that reminds us how small we are compared to…
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Small Space Playroom Solutions

Many home daycare providers struggle with a lack of space.  They want to use their regular living room space but aren’t sure where to put the toys.  A home daycare provider has allowed us into her home to take a look at her set up. She has organized her home in creative ways to help…
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Home Daycare Licensing Requirements & Daycare Regulations

Before starting your home daycare you will need to look into licensing requirements & regulations in your area. Requirements & regulations differ depending on your province or state. This aspect of the daycare business may seem overwhelming for some early childhood caregivers. An important point to keep in mind is that licensing requirements are not…
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How Much Money Will I Make Running A Home Daycare?

  Many people who are contemplating the option of opening up their own home daycare ask about a daycare provider’s income.  How much can you make?   Is it profitable?  Is it a steady income?  Will it be enough money for my situation? Let’s take a look at each question: How much can you make? This…
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