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    Separation Anxiety

    Last updated 8 months ago

    By Ron Seidman VP/GM of A Child's World ECE Centers

    Whether you are going back to work after having a baby or just think it is time for your child to begin attending an early childhood program there are some things to consider regarding separation anxiety; not your child’s but rather yours.  The new experience of leaving your child with strangers is far more traumatic for the parent than for the child. I know this because of 20 years experience in the field of early childhood education and from having four children of my own. Even a trip to the hairdresser for my thirteen year old required a walk in, not a drop off just to make sure everything was right.  Anxiety over the safety of our children is real and understandable. Children on the other hand do not harbor the same fears and anxieties. They are naturally more daring and inquisitive. I am sure you can think back to a time when you would do things and take risks that you would not do now.  Parents play a key role in their child’s smooth transition to this exciting socializing and learning experience. If the parent’s are freaked out there is a good chance the child will be as well. So true is the opposite. If the parent’s are calm and present this in a positive light, the child will see it that way as well. This is much healthier for the child. Some parents will bring their children with them to tour the school. This is at the parent’s discretion. It is good to make an appointment and go at a time when children are engaged and not during a nap time or lunch. While you will be tempted on the first day and maybe more to stay and see how your child fares in the new surroundings, the very best thing for your child is for you to say goodbye with a hug and a kiss and leave the room. You should be able to call the center during the day as well to see how things are going. You will have an opportunity to peek in and speak with staff when you pick up. This will lessen your child’s anxiety and allow him/her to move into the class activity and socialize. The longer you stay the longer your child will focus on you thus making the separation harder on him or her.  The teacher should aid this by gaining your child’s attention and welcoming him or her into the class. It is always important to discuss the experience with your child even if your child is not yet verbalizing. This plays out for us as parents when our children go to first grade, college, when they get married and go off to form their own lives. Somehow we get through it.

    For information about our Doylestown daycare center and preschool programs visit us online or call us at (215) 348-7200.

    The Importance of Socialization for Kids

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Socialization is the process of interacting with others to learn how to function within that group as well as society at large. How children are socialized plays a key role in the way in which they relate to life as adults, and can impact many areas of their lives, from adult relationships to academic performance.

    Learning to interact with others in a healthy, productive manner is integral for a child’s development. These skills are not only necessary for children to form positive connections in childhood and adolescence, but also lay the groundwork for their ability to maintain healthy relationships in adulthood. Children who have been well-socialized have the skills to positively interact with their peers and typically have higher self-esteem. In a school environment, children who are not well-socialized may face issues such as aggressive behavior, rejection by peers, and low self-esteem, all of which may impact their academic performance.

    If you are interested in facilitating a positive socialization experience for your infant or young child at a premier childcare center, call A Child’s World at (215) 348-7200. With daycare centers in Doylestown, Newtown, and Langhorne, we have been providing outstanding early childhood education for nearly 20 years.

    Healthy After-School Snacks Your Kids Will Love

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Have you run out of ideas for healthy after-school snacks that your kids are willing to eat? This video provides you with several ideas for tasty, nutritious treats that your kids will love.

    If your kids request an unhealthy snack, try modifying your recipes to add nutritional value to a special treat, such as adding oats and dried fruit to cookies. You can also try making a dip to pair with snacks. Fruit tastes delicious when accompanied with a healthy yogurt dip; crackers taste great when dipped in salsa or hummus. By making snack time interactive, you can engage your children in the process of preparing nutritious, home-cooked treats, like pizza on whole grain English muffins.

    At A Child’s World in Doylestown, we offer outstanding early childhood education in a nurturing, innovative environment. Call us today at (215) 348-7200 to learn about our research-based curriculum and first-rate facilities. 

    The 4 Brain Essential Learning Steps: B.E.L.S. [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Education is an extremely important part of your child’s development and does not have to wait until he or she enters elementary school. Preschool education is very beneficial for young learners and gives them the foundational skills they need to succeed later in life—both in and out of the classroom. At A Child’s World, a daycare center and preschool in Doylestown, our curriculum centers around the 4 Brain Essential Learning Steps (also known as the 4 B.E.L.S.), which encompass all learning styles and encourage cooperation among our young students. In this infographic, you’ll learn about this unique approach to learning and how it includes all students in the collaborative learning process. Every child’s unique abilities and strengths can grow and improve through this approach. Please feel free to share this infographic with fellow parents!

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    Essential Back to School Supplies

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Is your child getting ready to say goodbye to summer and hello to a new school year? Help him prepare for the start of a new semester by planning a back-to-school shopping trip! Create a list of supplies your child will need and then head over to your favorite stores before summer ends.

    You can get tips for finding the right school supplies by watching this video. Younger children may not need as many items, but it is important to take your time and find the right ones! Some school supplies combine fun and education, allowing children to develop a passion for learning at an early age.

    Make sure you know what supplies your child needs this year by contacting the friendly staff here at A Child’s World in Doylestown. Give us a call at (215) 348-7200 for more information!

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