Month: January 2018

Natasha Kocher and Lesley Cressman are two proud independent home childcare providers in the Waterloo region. They found each other through their love for nature based curriculum planning. They both love being able to take their little ones into the forest as much as possible. nature, based, childcare, Early, Education, Directory, NEEDKW An article called, Benefits for Children of Play in Nature By Randy White…

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It is heartbreaking when children get sick. We all want to make them feel better; however, in childcare there are lots of adults involved within a little ones life. We all need to be aware of medications and the safety of all children. Check out some of these quick tips from Lesley Cressman in a klusster article here We have also put together a quick…

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A sickness policy is an important policy to have in place; a clear written sickness policy protects all of the children in your care. This document is an excellent resource that provides information about communicable diseases in a daycare facility and whether or not a child should be excluded. Sickness policies can differ from home daycare to home daycare but most will be fairly similar…

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Contracts are a great way to outline expectations in a professional relationship; check out some of these quick tips from Lesley Cressman in a klusster article here: The Simplicity of Contract Drafting We have also put together a quick and simple contract that you can download and use as needed; Guardian and Provider Agreement. Do you need a specific resource? We would love to help! Please…

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The Nature-Based Early Education Directory was created to showcase quality home child care programs in our community that embrace the basic tenets of childhood that play is crucial and mud is FUN! We believe: Early learning programs for children should be high quality and play based. Children should explore beautiful items in nature and their classrooms. Adults should be enthusiastic learning partners. Early educators should…

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Just lined up an interview with your first (or 100th) home child care provider? Not sure what to look for to ensure the program you are touring is high quality? Print out this easy check list and bring it along to the interview 🙂 General Checklist: • Are there 5 children (6 if agency affiliated) or fewer (including the caregiver’s own 6 years & under)?…

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