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Why Is Childcare So Important?

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Group activities help children in so many ways!

Researchers found that attending any pre-school, compared to none, predicted better results at GCSE overall, and higher grades in GCSE math and English, as well as the likelihood of achieving five or more GCSEs at grade A to C.

Further analysis carried out by the Institute of Fiscal Studies shows that children who attend pre-school will be $26,800 better off over their working lives, or around $36,000 for an average household. This was calculated to equate to a benefit to the Exchequer of $16,000 per household.

Other key findings are:

  • The quality of pre-school is particularly important for children whose parents had low qualifications.
  • The longer children spent in pre-school the higher their GCSE grades, with those who had spent two to three years in pre-school – whether part-time or full-time – achieving higher GCSE grades overall.
  • Boys, in particular, attending a medium or high-quality pre-school achieved ‘significantly higher’ grades in math GCSE, than those in lower-quality or not attending pre-school.
  • High quality pre-school is linked to better self-regulation, pro-social behavior and lower levels of hyperactivity.
  • Positive parenting and especially ‘a more stimulating home learning environment’, especially for young children, helps to promote better outcomes.
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Fun with putty play!

The Apple Tree Learning Centers, like other early learning programs, is important for children who receive little to no stimulation at-home. Furthermore, the researchers also suggest that in addition to early learning programs, children may benefit from programs designed to help parents boost at-home stimulation for their children.

Childcare was seen as a luxury and now it is a necessity. It is a necessity for both the child and the parents. Of course we know that childcare is the place where we drop off our children and we go to work, but it has become a key element of the physical growth and educational growth of the children.

The High Reach curriculum that The Apple Tree Learning Center provides, helps students learn to use rhythmic speech in movement multi-tasking exercises. This helps them develop fluency in speech and movement.

As students engage in the rhythmic movement exercises, they must listen and respond, on-time, to alphabet and number prompts. The use of rhythmic speech in High Reach curriculum exercises helps students hear the sequences of phonemes in words and requires them to elongate and over-enunciate consonant and vowel sounds.

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What to Teach Your Kids in Case They Get Lost

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The Apple Tree Learning Centers Bad HabitsAll parents have stories they rather not recall—a time when a child hid under a rack in a department store, wandered off at the beach, or just took off in an instant. If you can relate (and most parents can), then you know the indescribable panic of losing your child, even for a few seconds.

While a lost child can get hurt or, worse yet, abducted, the good news is missing children are most often found and reunited with their caregivers quickly and unharmed. Even with a safe return, getting lost can leave scary, indelible memories for both child and parent.

Most parents experience at some time that sickening moment when they realize that they have lost sight of their child when they are out and about. By taking a few precautionary measures, parents and caregivers can minimize the risks and have a plan for what to do next.

The Apple Tree Learning Centers wants to help you the parent, with some helpful tips which can eliminate a higher risk of your children getting lost.

  • Always impress upon youngsters the importance of staying with the group and not wandering off alone.
  • When you reach your destination, decide on a designated meeting point that children can find easily should they become detached from the rest of the party.
  • Write down your cell phone number and put it in the child’s pocket before you set out. Let the child know that it is there and that he/she should give it to an appropriate person if they get lost.
  • Advise children that if they need assistance they should only approach someone such as a security guard, police officer or someone who is clearly a member of the staff.
  • Always take careful note of what children are wearing before you set out, or better still, take a photo of them on your cell phone.
  • If you are going somewhere that is very crowded, try to ensure that children are wearing something bright that will help them stand out from the crowd.
  • If possible, provide older children with a cell phone and youngsters with a walkie-talkie so that you can communicate with them.
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Learning through Daily Activities

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The Apple Tree Learning CentersThe Apple Tree Learning Centers is a quality child care center where our team strives to not just care for the children but we make sure they learn something new every day.

Every day learning requires consistency. Our highly trained teachers help parents by providing consistent activities that children are able to follow at home.

Working everyday with your child learning into your household tasks can help your children connect the importance of math, reading, geography, and simple reasoning to their own lives.

Try these suggestions for in-home learning with your children:

  • Laundry. Have your child divide your laundry into varying sets. These can be the traditional lights and darks, or you could have him divide the clothing into print piles and non-print piles. Or you can have them divide the clothing into adult sets and children’s sets. Another option: Ask your child to identify all of his or her clothing and separate and fold it.
  • Cooking. Have your child read a recipe out loud to you while you are cooking, or, better yet, write a family cookbook and have your child come up with his or her own simple recipe. This helps the child with reading, writing, measurements, and general creativity.
  • Hometown. What makes the area where you live geologically significant? Is there a mountain nearby? A lake? A desert? An ocean? Ask everyone in your family to draw a map to their favorite place in your hometown. Then get a real map of your town and see if it matches up with the way you each made your own maps. Celebrate by taking your child to his or her favorite place.
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18 Easy Play Ideas for Kids Ages 9-18 Months

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Infant Care ProgramThe Apple Tree Learning Center has compiled several easy play ideas for 9-18 month olds so that parents have a “go to” resource when they need a quick idea for their young children. Really simple activities that use very few materials because parents usually don’t have very much time.

If you have a child in the 9-18 month age range, check these ideas out and see if any might work for your child. All kids are different and are also at different developmental stages so make sure you only do the activities that your child seems ready for… and then try any others in a few weeks or months. It is amazing how one week kids aren’t interested in something or can’t do it… and the next week all they want to do is that activity and it is easy for them. The Apple Tree Learning Center is constantly evaluating what activities children are ready to explore and implementing new ones as part of the curriculum.

Do some ball and Tube Play
Make a Peek-a-boo Jigsaw
Do some mess free car painting
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Make a Sensory bag
Do some dropping and dumping
Create a Water Sensory Bin
Go on a Texture Trip
Put together some soapy sensory jars
Play with cardboard rolls and pom poms
Make a simple obstacle course
Create a treasure basket
Do some destruction art
Build and knock down cup towers
Make some instruments
Create a tugging box
Make a car ramp

Put together rainbow bottles/music shakers
A few other super duper simple ideas brought to you by The Apple Tree Learning Center include…

• pretending to take naps in big sister’s bed (and then waking up… and then “going back to sleep”)
• shooting pom poms down ramps through paper towel rolls
• exploring a pan full of rice crispies using measuring cups… and then crushing them
• making a paper towel roll marble run for marbles, blocks, and pom poms
• opening and closing the spice drawers and building plastic spice bottle towers… and knocking them down
• splashing with hands in a pan of shallow water

In addition, some of these activities are totally fun for siblings to do together or for kids 18 months + so give them a try if you have an older child who you think might like these.