Step By Step Daycare is 2 minutes away from HWY-407 and 5 minutes form HWY-404

Step by Step Children’s Academy Daycare is 2 minutes away by exiting HWY 7 and HWY 407 on Bayview Ave. Just head north on Bayview Ave.

Also, Step by Step Children’s Academy Daycare is 5 minutes away by exiting HWY 404 on 16th Ave. Just head West toward Bayview Ave, and then turn left on Bayview.

How to prepare your child for daycare

We are just 3 weeks before school starts as a new academic season. If you have children this period could be a stressful one because as parents you wonder how to prepare the children for childcare. Moreover, what if your child had never visited any childcare before?

As a Registered Early Child Care Educator, RECE for short, I have encountered many parents who have no idea what to do in this situation. Let’s deconstruct this area inch by inch so you can have a peace of mind. By consulting what our Ontario Government is advising we conclude:

Before starting care

  • Visit the child care provider with your child to meet the caregivers and the other children to help them become more familiar with their new setting.
  • For older children, talk about the child care program, the people there, and what they’ll do throughout the day
  • If attending child care requires a new schedule (e.g., waking up earlier, eating breakfast at a different times), begin this new routine several days before starting care, to make the transition easier for your child

During first days

  • Work with your child care provider on a plan for your departure when dropping off your child during the first few days/weeks
  • If you can, begin care gradually (e.g., on the first day, take your child for an hour or so and then leave together; over the next few days, stay for several hours)
  • As your child becomes more comfortable, gradually increase their time in care until your child reaches a full day
  • Let your child know ahead of time that you will be going to work and when you will be back (e.g. after nap time)
  • To help comfort your child, some programs suggest bringing a familiar item from home or a photo of family members
  • Call your child care provider to see how your child is doing (this can help alleviate your own worries)
  • Do your best to pick up your child at the time you said you would
  • Transitions may also be stressful at pick-up time, and your child may express different emotions when you arrive (this is a normal part of getting used to child care)

These tips were recommended by the Government of Ontario at https://www.ontario.ca/page/how-prepare-your-child-child-care.

Of course we have much more insight about this period and we will share another list of 8 tips collected by the members of www.chirpingmoms.com, and specifically http://thechirpingmoms.com/8-tips-to-help-prepare-your-child-for/. Read on 🙂

 

1.   Adjust your schedule 2-4 weeks before school starts. Make sure you get your child used to the routine of their preschool day.  Plan lunch around the same time you will eat lunch on school days.  Plan rest time around the same time that they will rest on school days.  Helping them get used to the routine will help them transition smoother to the routine on school days.  We even work on moving bedtimes up & rise a little earlier than usual so we are ready & eager for the first day of school!

2.   Pick out a few special items for preschool. This could be new shoes, lunchbox, or a fun backpack with your child.  Abby loves animals, especially dogs & cats so when we saw this Land of Nod kitty backpack, we knew that she would love to head off to preschool with a kitty on her back!

3.   Play on the playground before school starts, especially during the summer before preschool starts! When we moved to our town two years ago, the new school playground was one of our favorite spots for the kids to play before they started at their new school.  It helped them get used to the school area & they were excited to start school and be back on the playground every day.  We also met other families and children that were also attending the school.  (Just check with the school before you head over there as some schools do not allow this opportunity!)

4.   Here are some of our favorite books for this young age to help with the transition to preschool:

Llama Llama Misses Mama:  Anna Dewdney

I Love You All Day Long:  Francesca Rusackas

The Kissing Hand:  Audrey Penn

The Night Before Preschool:  Natasha Wing

Maisy Goes to Preschool:  Lucy Cousins

Fisher Price Little People, Let’s Go to School:  Doris Tomaselli

5.   Practice separation. Try to help your child get used to being dropped off & picked up (and you saying good-bye!).  This could be at a gym daycare, grandma & grandpa’s house, or a church nursery.  It helps so much for a child to already be used to this process before starting preschool, trust me!  My oldest was so hard to separate from, but thankfully Abby has been left in care of family, friends, & more that she is totally okay with this transition which makes me feel more prepared for the big preschool day!

6.   Talk about school experiences. The boys love to tell Abby about some of their favorite things about preschool:  running on the playground, playing the drums during music class, & creating fun art projects with their teachers.  We also have the eeboo Back to School Tell Me a Story picture cards where we can look at the different cards & tell stories about what we see.  Talking with them about fun experiences is a great way to prepare for their new school year!

7.   Try to think of simple ways to help them reassured. This could be packing a small lovey in the backpack for the day or establishing a goodbye routine.  I have learned, over the years, to make the good-bye simple and sweet.  Give them a kiss & tell them to have a great day and then leave (even if they are crying).  Teachers know how to deal with the stars and most likely all will stop within several minutes, or at the worst several days but they will most likely adjust.  Continue to be positive and uplifting about school and your kid will feel the same way!

8.   Work on teaching independent age-appropriate skills with your child. At not even 2 1/2, we are working on very short directions including: cleaning up toys & listening to simple directions.

Introducing your family to camping

Greetings from Step By Step Daycare,

Last week we have addressed a topic that covers the summer activities to enjoy with your children. And today inspired by some of the questions that we have received we will discuss one of the most exciting things to do with your children, and specifically family camping. Yes, kids love camping and in most cases, it’s up to the parents to organize a camping journey.

But hey, this is not rocket science and we have investigated the essentials of planning a family camping. So, let’s jump on as we wanted to share the article http://www.parentscanada.com/family-life/momsense-introducing-your-family-to-camping.

Rest assured, all these tips and easy to follow instructions will prepare you for an unforgettable family camping. As usual, we would be happy to hear your experiences and other ideas.

Wishing your family a great time on a camping journey.

Gelena Liberzon, Daycare Director, RECE

 

Introducing your family to camping

By Andrea Howick & Lianne Castelino

Camping may be more affordable than many other vacations, but there are more reasons to try it than saving money. Many families – parents and kids alike – find camping allows them to spend unique, quality time together.

Just ask Goldie Silverman. The Seattle grandmother still regularly hikes, backpacks and camps with her entire extended family. She wrote her first book on the subject, Backpacking with Babies and Small Children, in 1975. In her most recent book, Camping with Kids, she interviewed families extensively to get their take on camping. The main reasons parents and children loved camping were:

  • to share new experiences
  • learn new skills together (starting a fire, putting up a tent)
  • to experience a much simpler, less stressful, less competitive life.

“One child wrote, ‘To see my Dad having fun,’” says Goldie. Here are some things to consider if it’s your family’s first time camping:

Start small

Don’t be too ambitious when picking your campsite. In fact, if there is a park in your city that has cabins or tents to rent, consider that for a first camping experience. A perfect overnight with young kids includes a fun supper, some planned games, a cozy night in a sleeping bag and breakfast! Otherwise, make the journey to camp as short as possible – pick somewhere close to home.

Book your site

For those ready to be more adventurous, booking a site is a first step. (You’ll still need to consider how long a car ride you or your children can tolerate.) Also, even if you have a two-week vacation, don’t make first trips with young kids too long. Start the planning process early and involve your kids. Booking a site in a national park can cost between $15-$40 a night, depending on the facilities the park provides. Book early as some sites fill up quickly.

Collect equipment

Don’t focus on equipment, but be task-oriented, says Goldie. Look very critically at what you’ll need in terms of clothing, food and activities, and ask yourself what you already own. For example, instead of buying sleeping bags, make bed rolls using a plastic tarp as a ground cloth and folding old quilts and blankets over them. Think of what you’ll need in terms of categories: Shelter, Sleeping, Meals, Clothing, Fun, First Aid and Repairs. Check with camping supply stores to see if they rent equipment. Also, check out neighborhood garage sales for second-hand gear.

Set a simple menu

You’ll need to plan all meals, snacks and drinks for every family member for every day of the trip. Goldie suggests avoiding elaborate cooking; if you don’t own a camp stove, plan meals that can be cooked over a fi re, like hot dogs on a stick made from a bent wire hanger, a stew, or hamburger patties cooked at home and wrapped in heavy duty foil that can be warmed in the coals (take a pair of oven mitts).

Another idea is to make deli sandwiches at home, but pack washed lettuce leaves and mustard or mayo packs separately, then build your sandwich in camp. Many campgrounds provide a barbecue with a grill that can be used by all campers at the site. Be sure to keep pre-cooked foods cold until you need them.

No matter how you plan to camp, Goldie has three final tips when planning your trip:

  • Practice camping before you go, especially with young children. Talk about it with your kids. Set up a tent inside or outside, and spend some time in it.
  • Don’t try too much at first. Avoid planning a trip that demands great effort from the weakest member of the family. Keep in mind what that person can do comfortably.
  • Plan to include something special for each member of the family – a favourite food, activity or book.

Video: Preparing for a camping trip

 

 

 

Summer isn’t over – what’s your next activity?

My dear parents, hello from Step By Step Children’s Academy!

We are in the last decade of the summer and of course, we are already counting the several trips and events that happened during June and July. However, if you feel that your family did not have enough of summer outings then these are your last four weeks before summer ends, so let’s not wait but plan our next summer trip.

Well, this is easier said than done! But no worries, we have done the heavy lifting. After a thorough research, we have identified a comprehensive list of plenty of activities that are ideal for SUMMER. We found a good inspiration from a source on http://www.parentscanada.com/family-life/10-awesome-summer-things and we would like to share it with you. Enjoy the reading below.

10 Awesome summer things

As Canadians, we tend to think summer is pretty awesome! At the first sign of sunlight, birds chirping and a thermometer reading above 5 degrees Celsius, we pack away our parkas, bust out the flip-flops and get excited for the months to come. To celebrate its arrival, ParentsCanada teamed up with Neil Pasricha, author of The Book of Awesome! and 1000awesomethings.com, to bring you the little joys summer has to offer.

  1. Walking on grass with bare feet: It’s prickly, squishy, and just plain awesome.

  2. Driving around with the windows down on late summer nights: The air is just a little bit musky and you can hear the sounds of insects chirping, kids making the most of the sunlight, and adults enjoying the awesome porch-friendly conditions.

  3. Warm sandals that have been sitting in the sun: It’s summer’s awesome equivalent to putting clothes on straight from the dryer.

  4. Drinking from the hose: Does this bring back awesome memories from when you were a kid? The hose is everyone’s backyard best friend because who wants to leave the sunshine for even a moment?!

  5. Actually squeezing out the right amount of sunblock: Too much and you’re an oily mess, too little and you’re burnt to a crisp. Perfect amount? Always awesome.

  6. Midnight summer walks: Step into the cooler air and let your stress melt away in the awesome, warm quiet.

  7. Really, really selling it while barbecuing: Barbecuing in the summertime is fantastic and a given. When you or someone else gets extremely serious about it, it’s guaranteed to be an awesome 

  8. Seeing way worse weather on TV somewhere else: It’s always awesome when you’re enjoying a bright, sunshiny day and your friends in a different state are being doused with thunderstorms.

  9. Drying off in the sun after swimming: Who needs towels? Soak up those awesome rays of sunshine!

  10. Biting off the last piece of the popsicle without losing any of it: It’s every kid’s summer challenge. Who are we kidding, it’s ours too. Which is why it’s awesome when we achieve the elusive impossible!

So to conclude, we hope that these tips added one more idea to your summer fun list. We would be happy to hear your experiences and other ideas.

Let’s enjoy these sunshine summer days.

Wishing happy moments with your children.

Gelena Liberzon,
Supervisor of Step By Step Children’s Academy, RECE

 

Gormley Daycare – our Sister Daycare

Gormley Daycare – our Sister Daycare

Step By Step Children’s Academy is happy to announce a fruitful partnership with Gormley Daycare, that is our sister daycare from Gormley, Ontario. This daycare shares the same values and childcare excellence. Gormley Daycare is located in Gormley, the town that overlaps parts of Richmond Hill, and Whitchurch–Stouffville communities. Gormley community celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005. Now this town is a vibrant area with access to Highway 404 and a new Go Train station.

Gormley Daycare is positioned at the cross-roads of the main streets in this town, and specifically, 11 Union street, a 1-2 minutes drive from the GO Train station, and the Highway 404 and Stouffville Road intersection. The daycare has a capacity of 35 children ranging from 2 years to 12 years. An advantage of Gormley Daycare is that it incorporates Preschool and Before and After School groups. This is especially convenient for parents who have children of a school and preschool ages.

Feel free to explore the website of Gormley Daycare and take advantage of the wealth of information published on that website.

Announcing our Graduation Concert 2015!

Announcing our Graduation Concert 2015!

Dear Moms and Dads,

Summer’s sunshine just brings us into graduation season at Step By Step Children’s Academy. We are happy to invite you, your family and friends to attend our Graduation Concert on June 5th, 2015 at 4:00PM where your sons and daughters will perform their part of our concert.

Here is the concert schedule as seen below:
4:00PM Toddlers Group
4:30PM Intermediates Group
5:00PM Preschoolers Group

Let’s all celebrate this great moment with dancing, singing and a lot of fun and joy!

Awaiting you all at the concert,

Step by Step Children’s Academy Team

You’re invited to our Graduation Concert!

You’re invited to our Graduation Concert!

Dear Moms and Dads,

Summer’s sunshine just brings us into graduation season at Step By Step Children’s Academy. It is our privilege to invite you and your family and friends to attend the Graduation Concert on May 30th, 2014 at 4:00PM where your sons and daughters will perform their part of our concert.

Here is the concert schedule as seen below:
4:00PM Toddlers Group
4:30PM Intermediates Group
5:00PM Preschoolers Group

Let’s all celebrate this great moment with dancing, singing and a lot of fun and joy!

Awaiting you all at the concert,

Step by Step Children’s Academy Team

 

Get Ready for Picture Day!

Get Ready for Picture Day!

Dear Moms and Dads,

We are excited to announce the Picture Day 2014 at Step By Step Children’s Academy this coming Thursday, May 22nd starting with 9:00 AM.

As you might know, this time of the year we are hosting the Picture Day at our daycare. It’s the greatest opportunity to refresh your family albums with pictures of your grown children. We carefully selected a talented photographer [Illia Dzmitrenka] and will be ready to take group and individual portraits of all children as well as family portraits variations. We can’t wait to see you all dressed up and prepared with your brightest smiles.

This year, exclusively to all our parents, we arranged with the photographer to take pictures with your children as family portraits variations at no cost for you. Therefore you can invite your grandparents, your other children and close family members as well. All you’ll need is to arrange with the supervisor the time for this family photo-session while the photographer will still be at the daycare.

Should you have any questions or require assistance with filling the form, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

Gelena Liberzon

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!

This weekend our daycare is celebrating Mother’s Day and is honoring the mothers and motherhood.

Regardless of the age we all discover in our hearts the warmest feelings when we think of our mamas. And there is no stronger bond out there than the connection between a mother and her children. She’s beautiful, caring, protective, calm, soothing, encouraging, warm, forgiving,… she’s our mom.

To all mothers, we want you to know how much we appreciate and love you.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Easter Holiday!

Easter Holiday!

Hello Dear Parents!

Happy Easter!

We would like to let you know that we will be closed on Easter Friday and will be reopening on Monday the 21st. We will see you back on Monday!

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