Class: How to get quality childcare

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    Karen Lock KolpKaren Lock Kolp
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    How class is formatted:

    1) I teach the 3 lessons you’ll learn:

    – First, the most important keys to finding the best childcare

    – Second, a crucial factor that can hold you back from getting great childcare

    – Third, the questions you should, and should not, ask to assure that your child thrives in others’ care

    2) Open House of the “childcare communications” area of NPC

    3) Your questions, and Case Study of one attendee today

    What’s most important in finding the best childcare?

    1st Key:

    1) How the program is structured

    – Share about Mama llama, and Little llama’s experience going from the toddler room to the three-year-old room

    – Describe the issues in the three-year-old room

    – Potty/playing in the sink issues

    – Nowhere near enough open-ended play time

    – Kids not allowed out under 40 degrees

    – in short, a mess!

    – Here is how the best childcare programs are structured:

    1) A flexible, predictable schedule

    2) TONS of time for open-ended play and interactions with other children

    3) The right amount of teacher facilitation (note, not “teacher instruction”)

    2) How the teachers treat the children

    – Share about S and J, their son’s fear of bathrooms in the dark because of child-teacher interactions at daycare

    – in short, a mess!

    – Here is how teachers should treat children:

    1) They should be shaping behavior with either positive, or neutral, discipline

    – explain the difference

    2) They should not base their interactions on what they’ve heard, only what they experience with that child themselves

    3) They should always be flexible and child-centered

    3) Communication with parents

    – Share about Jen’s question, how she wanted to meet with the teachers to discuss a huge problem her daughter was encountering in kindergarten

    – and how they did a superb job with communicating!

    – Here is what I mean by good communication with parents:

    1) They view you as on the same team, as an equal player

    As opposed to “we know best, you should always listen to us”

    2) You don’t just hear about the negative

    – Mama llama and the aggression journal

    3) They support you and your goals for your child

    They are not pushing an agenda that you disagree with

    2nd Key: What crucial factor can hold you back from getting good childcare?

    Your own self-doubt.

    We parents have a chilling ability to set aside all of our own experience and instincts when a person of authority tells us “I know better than you do.” Don’t let that happen to you, because the damage can extend to your child.

    3rd Key: What questions you shouldn’t, and also should, ask to get good childcare

    1) DON’T ask questions that have to do with things like “how will this childcare center or school be a good resume builder for my child?”

    Let the future take care of itself. Focus on finding childcare that works for your family.

    2) DO ask questions such as:

    “Is this center a good fit for my child?”

    “How do the teachers treat the children?”

    “How is the communication with us parents?”

    When we get back from our “open house” I’ll answer, as well as sharing a case study!

     

    Part 2: Open House!

    Show how easy it is to login and navigate

    Highlight the Childcare Communication forum

    Touch on some of the others

    Join by going to: weturnedoutokay.com/joinnpc

    or find out about one to one coaching: weturnedoutokay.com/workwithme

    Part 3: Case Study: From class attendee Amanda

    “Feedback from daycare is that my three-year-old son, Brian, is really hard to get down at nap time. But then we can’t get him to sleep at night, at a reasonable hour.

    How can we get them to drop the whole nap thing?”

    – Share my own experiences with this as the teacher

    – Sometimes, they simply cannot drop the nap for legal reasons

    – Can they plan for him to be awake, with books or paper and pencil, a quiet activity? That is what I would recommend

    THANK YOU for attending today!!

    Host of the We Turned Out Okay podcast
    Author of Positive Discipline Ninja Tactics: Key Tools to Handle Every Temper Tantrum, Keep Your Cool, and Enjoy Life With Your Young Child
    Head Honcho of the Ninja Parenting Community

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    Karen Lock KolpKaren Lock Kolp
    Keymaster

    Here is a distillation of the distillation : )

    Host of the We Turned Out Okay podcast
    Author of Positive Discipline Ninja Tactics: Key Tools to Handle Every Temper Tantrum, Keep Your Cool, and Enjoy Life With Your Young Child
    Head Honcho of the Ninja Parenting Community

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