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Quality Begins with Your Staff

“Quality Care begins with a Trained and Educated Staff”

Quality care begins with empowering your staff to implement quality practices in your classrooms. In fact, I have found that if you want a quality program, you must hire trained and skilled child-care workers that are willing to provide quality services to young children.

During this pandemic, it has been a challenge for most child care programs to find experienced and trained child care workers. For some reason it seems like most of the experienced child care workers have either left the field or they are taking a break.

Furthermore, until this pandemic pass, many childcare programs have no choice but to hire inexperienced workers and train them to implement quality or best practices in their childcare settings.

Just in case you are wondering, how will I hold regular quality care meetings? I’m glad that you asked.

Every week in my childcare centers, our directors meet with the staff for 15-20 minutes and they discuss ways to implement quality practices in our classrooms and I must say that holding weekly quality care meetings has helped to assure that our teachers are implementing quality practices.

Quality Care Meeting topics can include:

  1. Classroom management
  2. Health & safety practices
  3. Developmentally appropriate practices
  4. Parent feedback
  5. Camera observations and so much more.

Holding quality care meetings is a great way to bring your team together once a week and a great way to share your vision for providing quality care with your team.

To be sure that your meetings are productive and empowering, keep it short and to the point!

Are you inspired to hold weekly quality care meetings? Do you already hold quality care meetings? If so, please feel free to share how holding quality care meetings has improved the quality of care in your family home childcare business or center (s).

Researchers have found that the quality of childcare is important to the 

cognitive, language and social development of young children,

with consistent and emotionally supportive care being hugely beneficial to children and families.

With Quality care in Mind.

Shiketa Morgan

10 Ways To Have a Fun and Safe Summer

 
 


I had a great time with my staff at our Annual Summer Safety training/meeting.  I believe that quality care is safe care and 10 years years ago I  made it a tradition to kick off my Summer Camp off with a Summer Safety Training.

At my annual Summer safety meeting, we discuss: summer uniform requirements, summer safety stories,  summer curriculum theme, van safety, fieldtrip safety and outdoor safety in the sun.

After the training, I feel that my team is empowered to have a fun and safe Summer.

 I share many of my Summer Camp secrets in my Summer Camp Planning guide, however, today  I want to share 10 ways to have a fun and Safe Summer with you!

1. Be sure to plan lots of fun and exciting activities and field trips
2. Create a first aid kit for field trips and for the van
3. Invite parents to send sunscreen, sunglasses or sun hats for outdoor time
4. Take the water play outdoors this summer!

5. Be sure that you have at least 2 people on site, who are trained in first-aid & CPR.
6. Do not take children outdoors if the weather is above 90 degrees.
7. Refrain from using wading pools and if you have a filtered pool, be sure that there is a trained life guard on site.
8. Be sure that the ratio on field trips is at least 1-to-5 for preschoolers and 1-to-8 for school age children. (Exceed state ratios on field trips to assure a safe and fun time)
9. Create a van check list for field trips that instructs staff on head count procedures, etc. Always double-check vans, even after you have counted all the children.
10. Take the water pitcher and disposable cups on the playground so that children will have access to drinking water at all times.
 
Have a Safe & Fun Summer!
Shiketa

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