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How to Differentiate COVID-19, Flu, Cold or Allergy

As we see more instances of sickness in our daily lives, are our daycare environments a conduit to the COVID-19 virus?   Could it be the flu or an allergy? How does one differentiate between what is viral or bacterial? Here is a simple chart to help you find your way through simple plagues that hinder our workplace....

Managing the Christmas Excitement

Gary Direnfeld, MSW
I celebrated 20 years as a home-based childcare provider this past August. I've struggled over the years trying to be a businesswoman while managing my clients and their children. While I may not be sitting in an office at a large company, I am running a business and have had to learn over the years that I need to protect my relationship with my client families by following and enforcing my policies....

When is it Too Hot or Cold for Outside Play

Watching the weather is just part of the job for daycare providers. Planning for playtime, field trips, or weather safety is part of the daily routine. The changes in weather require the child care provider to attend to the health and safety of children in their care. What clothing, beverages, and sun screen are appropriate? Dress children to maintain a comfortable body temperature.....

Milestones For Your Child's Developement

How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about your child’s development. Developmental milestones are things most children can do by a certain age. Check the milestones your child has reached by his or her 5th birthday. Take this with you and talk with your child’s doctor at every visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next. Download and use the Milstones Check List ro monitor your child's development......

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