High-quality child care produces a stimulating, secure and loving atmosphere for the little one.

Focusing on children's wellbeing and ecological exposures in child care centers is Essential for several reasons: Since they display exploratory behaviors that put them in direct contact with contaminated surfaces, they're more likely to be vulnerable to some contaminants found. They're also less developed immunologically, physiologically, and neurologically and are more prone to the negative effects of toxins and chemicals. Children spend a whole lot of time in child care settings. Many babies and young children spend as many as 50 hours each week, in child care.

Nationally, 13 million children, or 65 percent of U.S. kids, spend some part of the afternoon in child care and at California alone, roughly 1.1 million children five decades or younger attend child care. In this exact same condition, many adults might also be subjected as roughly 146,000 employees work 40 hours or more a week child care centers. Child care environments include substances which may be harmful for kids. Recent studies suggest that lots of child care environments might contain pesticides, allergens, volatile organic compounds from cleaning agents and sanitizers, and other contaminants which may be toxic to children's wellbeing.

Nevertheless, little is understood about what environmental and chemical exposures they might be getting in these configurations. To fill this gap, we quantified. Outcomes of the study were reported on the California Air Resources Board. Our findings help inform policies to lower accidents to children, encourage training and workshops to educate child care providers about methods to lower children's environmental exposures (ex. Using integrated pest management to decrease pesticide usage ), and search for future research.

Washing Your Baby’s Clothes
Washing Your Baby’s Clothes
Washing Your Baby’s Clothes – How to do it Rightly
Washing Dishes
Washing Dishes
Cleaning up after oneself is an important life skill
Make a Bed
Make a Bed
It might be a dying art, but learning how to make a bed is a valuable skill.
Sweep a Floor
Sweep a Floor
Give a kid a broom, and you are likely to see dirt flipping everywhere except in a pile.
Mop a Floor
Mop a Floor
Be sure to give them instructions on how to mop different floor types you may have in your home.

Transitioning back into care: Social distancing

How to implement social distancing in your child care program This article is part of a series on transitioning children, families, and staff back into care after Covid-19 closures. States are beginning to reopen after major closures due to Covid-19. There is variance in  approach, but one consistent piece is applicable across all states, regions, […]

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How to implement social distancing in your child care program This article is part of a series on transitioning children, families, and staff back into care after Covid-19 closures. States are beginning to reopen after major closures due to Covid-19. There is variance in  approach, but one consistent piece is applicable across all states, regions, […]

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How to implement social distancing in your child care program

This article is part of a series on transitioning children, families, and staff back into care after Covid-19 closures.

States are beginning to reopen after major closures due to Covid-19. There is variance in  approach, but one consistent piece is applicable across all states, regions, and communities – regardless of location, many children will be returning to care over the next several months, and it may take some time and some thoughtfulness to help ensure a smooth transition back.

By now we’ve all become familiar with the term “social distancing,” but how does this apply to childcare settings? For anyone familiar with toddlers, the thought of keeping them 6′ apart is laughable, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t practices you can put in place to give everyone a bit more space.

Look to your licensing agency for guidance

As a licensee, it is your responsibility to be aware of any new requirements issued by Child Care Licensing and to follow them to the best of your ability and to the fullest extent possible. The expectations for what and how you implement social distancing in your program may vary depending on where you live. Look to see if your state licensing agency has recommendations or requirements for how to help children with social distancing.

To find out, go to Google and enter “social distancing childcare licensing” plus the name of your state. Look for official resources, meaning those put out by your licensing agency, as opposed to news articles or blog posts.

Of course it’s going to be challenging to keep kids completely out of each other’s space, but also, many children are likely aware of needing to take extra distance right now so you may not be starting at square one with them. If you aren’t sure how to do something, or don’t have the space to do it (napping 6’ apart, for example), call your local licensing authority and ask them for advice! Chances are, they are answering lots of similar questions.

Learn from your community

If you’re part of the Wonderschool community, tap into your support network! Other directors are likely going through the same thing, and comparing notes with each other can provide creative solutions even in these most challenging of times. We’ve heard providers discuss moving meal times outside, sharing tips for outdoor hand washing, and ideas for breaking into smaller groups as ways to give everyone more space to move and breathe.

Communicate with your families

Prior to your families return, outline with them how social distancing rules are supposed to work per your local regulations. Ask them to let their children know what to expect when they return to school, so the kids aren’t completely taken by surprise.

Thinking through these pieces will give parents a great deal of assurance that you’re working hard on a smooth reopening process, and the more confident parents feel, the more relaxed their children will also feel. Keep us posted on how things are going, and remember to reach out any time for the support of the Wonderschool Community.

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