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Monday, July 24, 2017

Reacting vs. Responding

There is a very thin line between reacting and responding to an outburst or a comment from your child and whichever you choose to do makes a huge difference on how your child learns from what they said or did. If you break it down, it's pretty simple:

Reacting:

Reacting is done strictly through emotion. You don't think about it, you just react. That may be a giggle after your child says a bad word, or yelling at your child after they continue to throw a fit. Either one is a reaction because it wasn't thought through. It was done out of anger, or humor, or just habit. Either way, reacting is never the right way to go. This is how bad habits form and where something usually goes wrong.

Responding:

Responding is the flip side of reacting. This is methodical, well thought-out, non-emotional, and logical. This is where things go right. When you respond, you listen to what was said, take a second to think about what to do next, and then follow through. This is something that should be positive and active. You are taking part in a conversation rather than fighting to win.

Let's give an example. Let's say your child has been throwing a screaming fit for the past 20 minutes and you have had enough. You can react: raise your voice and tell them that's enough, or you can respond: get down on their level and calmly tell them that once they're done, you'd love to give them a hug.

Responding always brings the most positive outcome from any conversation you may have, whether that be your child or an adult. If you need help in responding rather than reacting, let us know and we can help.

Monday, July 10, 2017

POTM: Pesticides

The following was taken directly from our handbook:

If pesticides are going to be used, parents will be given a 2 week notice of when the application will take place. There will be a posting on the front bulletin board notifying you of when the application will take place as well as being notified by email. The notice will contain information about the pesticide, including the target pest or purpose, approximate location, date of the application, contact information at the center, and a toll free number for a national pesticide information center recognized by the Michigan Department of Agriculture. Liquid spray or aerosol insecticide applications will not be performed in a room of the center unless the room will be unoccupied by children for not less than 4 hours or longer if required by the pesticide label use directions. For further information, you can call the National Pesticide Information Center at 1-800-858-7378.

Let us know if you have any questions!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Manners at the Table



Lately we have started to realize how the children's manners at the table have started to drastically deteriorate. To stop this from going any further, we have started to give the children a small treat after every lunch only if they used their manners completely. This includes: please, thank you, yes please, no thank you, using inside voices, not kicking, not hitting, not spitting, answering our teachers the first time they ask, finishing all the food/milk that we ask for, and being kind to our other friends' stories at the table. Lately, this treat has been mini marshmallows and it has worked SO WELL! We remind them about their treat throughout lunch and they have been using their nice words and their nice bodies since. So if you hear your child say anything to you about getting their treat because they used nice manners, this is what they're talking about.

Why are we doing this?

Teaching things that should come naturally (like proper table manners) early on in a child's life makes for less of a lesson later on. Although it may be easier to let them just hurry up and eat, it is worthwhile to slowly teach them these manners throughout the first few years of their life. Also, as I'm sure you all know, kids feed off of what other kids are doing. So if two friends at the table are talking over everyone else and yelling "give me, give me", then chances are some of the other kids are going to go ahead and do the same thing. So if we nip this now and offer up a small sweet reward at the end, this is going to happen less and less until table manners are second nature to them.


Monday, June 12, 2017

POTM: Emergency & Safety Procedures

The following is taken from our handbook. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Emergency information is located in each classroom. Evacuation procedures and maps are posted on the walls. Copies of child emergency forms are kept in a file box in each classroom. Information on CPR administration is located in each bathroom. In the event of an emergency all parents will be notified and required to pick up their child within 30 minutes. Staff members are also trained on what to do in case of emergency such as a fire or tornado. Jellybean Daycare & Preschool holds seasonal drills to familiarize your child on what to do. If there are ever any changes on your child’s emergency card, please be sure to update them immediately. It is very important to be able to reach a parent at all times. 

All staff members are trained in CPR and first aid and renew certification annually for CPR and every 3 years for first aid. If a minor injury occurs (ex. scrape from a fall), teachers will administer first aid. In the event of a more serious injury, a teacher will administer first aid and another teacher or the administrator will contact the parent. The parent may be asked to come to the center to take their child to a physician or hospital. If neither parent can be contacted, the person designated on the child’s emergency form will be requested to fulfill this role. The emergency form authorizes Jellybean Daycare & Preschool and its designated employees to secure and authorize any medical attention, treatment, and services as may be necessary for a child whose parents (or emergency contacts) cannot be immediately contacted. If immediate and urgent medical care is required, the center will call 911. The parent agrees to assume responsibility for payment of medical costs incurred. 

If a child’s injury requires medical treatment, we will fill out an incident report and we will report it to the State of Michigan Department of Human Services. 

Jellybean Daycare & Preschool has 8 video surveillance cameras. These cameras are here for the protection of the children, staff, and building. Video is NEVER posted online. All exterior doors are locked at all times and we do not open the door for anyone we don’t know. If someone new is picking up your child, please make sure to tell your child’s teacher or the administrator so that we are aware. 

We are a smoke-free building. Smoking is not permitted on or near the property. Firearms or other significantly hazardous items are not permitted in or around the property.