We provide a daily routine that is flexible, yet structured, to ensure that children are comfortable with their surroundings and expectations. Children’s interactions with one another are carefully watched, giving us an opportunity to help instill common values within each child. Through sensitivity and understanding we strive to teach each child manners, kindness, respect towards others and their belongings. When a child displays inappropriate behavior towards others, he or she is encouraged to make amends through a sincere apology; all in a sustained effort to help teach children the basic understanding of right from wrong. Also, sharing, taking turns, problem solving, and teamwork are stressed with equal importance, so that the children can learn to play harmoniously with one another; helping to lay the foundation for all social interactions to come later in life.
Disciplining children can be through patience, consistency, and positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement is used during all activities throughout the day. Any child or children whom are listening well and paying attention during an activity are recognized through positive reinforcement. Encouraging words spoken to a child have the effect of reinforcing positive actions, and at the same time, rids the influence of negative actions and thoughts. This is a learned technique used by top professionals in the childcare field, and is why we have adopted the positive reinforcement outlook into our daycare philosophy.
We understand that our actions and reactions speak much louder than our words. The children are explained the rules of the daycare frequently, so they know what’s expected of them. Once a child is old enough to understand the rules and disobeys them, by exhibiting inappropriate behavior (hitting, aggression, etc), hurts others, or property, the following developmentally appropriate guidance techniques used.
The child will be encouraged when he or she is demonstrating acceptable behavior.
The child is redirected to another activity and given an opportunity to try again at another time.
The child is separated from the group for an age appropriate amount of time (one minute per one year of age). This technique is used when a child repeatedly will not listen or follow directions, is exhibiting temper tantrum type behavior, or hurting oneself, others or equipment. When the child shows that he or she is ready to demonstrate acceptable behavior, they are encouraged to join the rest of the group to try again. Children under 14-16 months are not given time-outs.
If a child's behavior is upsetting or dangerous to others, parents will be notified. If the problems cannot be resolved, arrangements will have to be made for the child to go elsewhere for care.
MEALS AND SNACKS
My Childcare Place has been approved by the Orange County Department of Childcare Services to participate in the USDA Child Care Food Program ensuring healthy meals for children. We provide three nutritious and well balanced meals daily. Breakfast, lunch and snack are provided for children one and older. Parents provide formula/breastmilk and food for children up to age one or until the child can transition from baby food to regular meals.
Morning breakfast - 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Lunch - 11:30-12:00 p.m.
Afternoon snack - 3:30-4:00 p.m.
Milk or water is served with all the meals and snacks, and water is offered throughout the day. The meals and snacks for each week constantly vary to ensure the children receive a well-balanced diet. We ensure children are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week; increase offerings of whole grain-rich foods; limit calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size; and increase the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fats, added sugars, and sodium. Furthermore, we use fresh fruits and vegetables avoiding canned and ready meals. We also use a lot of organic ingredients. Children are offered the food, but are not be forced to eat. Substitute meals and snacks may be brought from home. For children who arrive late, breakfast will be served until 9:30 a.m. and not later. Parents are welcome to send in treats for birthday parties. Please notify us in advance. Children need to eat well-balanced meals to meet their daily energy needs and to help them build a strong body and mind.