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Quality Child Care Begins With You…

Because Kids Deserve Quality Child Care…

When my childcare center received its first Accreditation back in 2006, I thought about how much work it took to get accredited. In fact, I held weekly quality care meetings with my staff, I met with lead teachers one on one, created parent surveys, and conducted on on-site assessments.

Yes, I became a Coach in my very own childcare facility. However, I must be quite honest with you and say this, there were time when I did not feel like assessing the quality of care in my program; sometimes I didn’t feel like holding another staff meeting and quite frankly I came to the conclusion that, if I was going to build a Quality Child Care Business; I must plan for it whether I felt like it or not!

In fact, my #1 mission in my childcare business and for this blog is to provide and promote quality childcare. Furthermore, I believe that you are also determined to build a quality childcare business!

I am writing this blog post today, to inspire you to create a quality care plan for your center. If you don’t know where to start, start by subscribing to my 7 steps to quality care eCourse.

Also, the Quality Child Care Center eClub will be available soon. This eClub will provide Child Care Center Owners with the latest Quality Care tips for their childcare business.

I know that this eclub is needed, because I get childcare news alerts about daycare violations everyday and this tells me that we need to improve the quality of childcare in our home day cares and childcare centers.

I am passionate about quality care because I know it makes a difference. In fact, it made a difference in my family home childcare business and in my center. Moreover, the quality of care that I provided caused me to stand out from other facilities and it will do the same for you!

Furthermore, quality childcare practices provides you with high standards to implement in your program. Also, parents are more knowledgeable than ever about how to choose quality childcare and they know quality when they see it.

Check out the Quality Care Checklist that Child Care Aware issues to parents who are looking for childcare, click here.

If you are as passionate as I am about quality childcare, I hope that you share this blog post on your social media page and leave your comments below about how you plan to improve the quality of care in your program.

Change begins with you!

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Shiketa

5 Steps to Providing High Quality & Safe Infant/Toddler Care

As I prepared the Module 6 and Week 28 eCourse Lesson for the member of the Family Home Child Care Empowerment Club, I was inspired to share some of the tips with you!

The topic of week 28 eCourse Lesson was: How to provide a healthy & Safe environment for infant/toddlers. The tips were provided in the form of a health & safety checklist, because I believe that the best way to improve your childcare program is through self assessment.

Today I am going to share 5 steps to Providing High Quality & Safe Infant/Toddler Care:

1. Maintain Ratio. Be sure that there is no more than  four infant/toddlers to a care giver. It can be quite demanding for one caregiver to care for too many infant/toddlers. Moreover, infant/toddlers need lots of loving care and it is almost impossible for one caregiver to meet the needs of more than  four infant/toddlers at any given time. ** In some cases, it is recommended that the ratios are 1-t0-3.

2. Be Alert of the Health/Safety Needs of the Children. For example: It is important that you or your staff know who feels well and who does not. Are the children adequately supervised? Know where the adventurous toddlers are, at all times,etc. Being aware of the health & safety needs of the children is a vital part of providing quality infant/toddler care.

3. Smoke Free Home or Center. You can almost assume that caregivers will be considerate and not smoke around children, however, it is very important that parents know that you have a smoke free facility!

I suggest that you post a SMOKE FREE ZONE sign. Cigarette smoke is very toxic to a child. Moreover, if you have smokers on staff, it is also a good idea to require that they wash their hands after smoking. Furthermore, if  your staff member(s) smell like smoke after a break; require that they change their clothes, before handling the infants/toddlers.

Home Providers: Require that family members smoke outdoors during the hours of childcare.

4. Post the number to Poison Control. You may have already removed all medications and cleaning supplies out of the reach of the children. However, what if a parent fails to tell you that there is medication in a diaper bag and a toddler gets a hold of it?  That’s right…you will need to call Poison control right away!

So be sure to post your local poison control number near your phone. Here is the national number to poison control: 1-800-222-1222. ***Moreover, check diaper bags daily for medication,etc.

5. Small Toys Can Be a Choking Hazard!! If a small toy can fit through the opening of a toilet tissue tube, than it is a choking hazard for an infant/toddler. Be sure that toys that are 1  1/2 inches in diameter are kept out of the reach of young children (preferably under the age of 3).

Infant/toddler learn about their world by putting things in their mouth and this is why you must be mindful of the toys that are within the reach of infant/toddlers.

In summary, I hope that you have found this blog post to be helpful to you. Most importantly, My hope is that you create a High Quality and Safe place for infant/toddlers.

For more information about how to build a high quality family home childcare business (click here) or a Child Care Center (click here).

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With Quality Infant/Toddler Care in Mind,

Shiketa

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