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Back to School at Just Children

Back to School 

Back to school at Just Children is always a big deal for our little ones.  Regardless of what grade your child is in, back to school is always an exciting, stressful, and sometimes overwhelming time. Catching up
with friends, seeing who’s class you’re in, and discussing summer trips you took are all part of the fun. The summer winds down, and fall is right around the corner. The lawnmowers are replaced at the big box stores with snow blowers and bags of rock salt. In recent years in the northeast, it seems like summer goes directly into winter with passing go. Shorts and tank tops are soon replaced with jeans and sweat shirts.

The change is fun and nerve wracking at the same time!  

Overwhelming!

There is always a bit of anxiety among kids for the back to school. Whether your child is going into first grade or is going to be a senior at the top of the heap, some things are the same. Kids often worry about their supplies, clothes, and everything in between. Who will be at my bus stop? Who will be in my homeroom? Who will be home when I get home from school? What if I don’t like the lunch they are serving at school? These are all the types of things we should be speaking to our children about, in between worrying about them ourselves.

Because of the overwhelming stuff kids do these days, we can’t just assume they know everything, and once we drop them off at school everything will be fine. Some children have anxiety about foods, and lunch may be a large source of anxiety and panic. Some children worry about being on the school bus for the first time. I remember being a senior and worrying if i’d have a place to park my car at school! Like they say, as children get older, the problems don’t go away, they just change.

Listen to Your Children

In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives with worrying about dinner for the week and bills that need to be paid, it’s important to talk to our children. It’s important to find out if there is anything they are worried about with back to school, and if they need help with anything rather than assume all is well. Maybe something as simple as going over the lunch schedule with their child to show them all the foods they like can relieve anxiety. Maybe updating their computer with newer software can make them less worried about their AP class that may seem overwhelming.

Despite the corporations on TV wanting us to believe that back to school is about the newest fashions and iPads, it’s a lot more than that.  Before we know it, they’ll be graduating school, and we’ll wonder where the time went.  It’s only then that we’ll actually miss back to school panic time!

Back to School at Just Children

We always try to make back to school at Just Children as painless as possible for the children.  We move them into the next classroom in spurts to get them used to the new classroom, teachers, and children.  Even though they are very young, they are very sensitive to the new changes around them.  Kids like what they know, and this is new and consequently can be overwhelming for some.  Stop by any time at any Just Children location, no appointment needed.  We will show you the care and attention we put into back to school down to the smallest detail.  With locations in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Philadelphia, and Burlington, there is a Just Children Child Care Center near you.  Call or stop in today!

Halloween Safety

Child Care - Halloween SafetyWith Halloween upon us, there are many things we can all do to make it not just fun, but safe for the children who go door to door for tricks and treats.  While many of them seem pretty basic, there are numerous stories every year of children who are injured or worse.  Always practice Halloween safety!

Walk Safely

Most children walk to houses during Halloween, so it’s so important to pay attention to their surroundings, including cars, other people, and walking surfaces such as potholes, cracks in the sidewalk, and unpaved dirt paths that could be sloped and dangerous.

Always look both way before crossing the street.  This goes without saying.

Put down the cell phones for a little while and pay attention.  It’s hard to see where you are going or who’s coming at you when you’re staring at a phone screen.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Drive Carefully, Especially on Halloween!

Kids and parents are everywhere on Halloween.  Crossing driveways, walkways, and streets.  It’s a good idea to drive BELOW the speed limit, as kids sometimes dart across streets to get to the house that gives out the best candy, and aren’t always paying attention.  Be proactive rather than reactive and slow down!

Other Tips…

Avoid costumes that could be misconstrued or potentially dangerous.  Halloween weapons such as plastic pirate swords and fake guns can often be difficult to see at night, and if you think it might be viewed as potentially dangerous, it’s best to leave it at home.

Check all candy and other items before anything is consumed.

Bring a flashlight.

Only visit well lit houses.  If the house is dark, skip it and move on to the next one.  A piece of candy isn’t worth putting yourself in a potentially dangerous situation.

Halloween is a really fun holiday for the kids and parents alike, and can be super safe if you take precautions, and use your head about how you plan the evening.  Have fun, don’t get too scared, and don’t eat too much candy!

 

Back to School!

Enroll at Just Children for Fall ProgramsJust Children Child Care Centers will be shifting gears pretty soon from summer fun to back to school!  While it may not seem too different for the children who spend their summers with us here at Just Children, the focus shifts back from fun in the sun to learning fun!  Kids get older, and some move up classrooms to the next age level.  They will make some new friends, meet new teachers, and develop both mentally and emotionally.  Socialization is very important for our young ones, and it better prepares them for first grade and beyond.

We love to hear at the end of a year how much the students have grown and come out of their “shells” as they turn into young students.  Some children enter Just Children clinging onto their parent’s leg, and end up crying when it’s time to go home!  They look forward to going to school everyday where their friends are.

Pretty soon the new school year will be upon us, and we never get tired of seeing the new and returning faces each and every day.  They grow up so quickly, and it’s never more evident than when they return each year or enter their new classrooms.  Child care is so much more than watching children while their parents are at work.  Just Children Child Care Centers are preparing our students for their future, while having a bunch of fun at the same time!  Contact a Just Children Child Care Center near you today, and we’d be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have, and as always, visit any time with no appointment necessary.  If you are new to our center, please download our enrollment form. We hope to see you soon, and can’t wait for “back to school”!

Just Children Participates In Keystone STARS

Just Children Partcipates in Keystone STARSKeystone STARS (Standards, Training/Professional Development, Assistance, Resources) provides families with a tool to gauge the quality of early learning programs. The STARS program supports early learning programs in the commitment to continuous quality improvement. Programs that participate in Keystone STARS care about providing quality early learning for your child. As programs move up the STARS ladder, they are providing even higher quality experiences, so your child benefits even more from the program. Early learning programs can earn a STAR 1 to a STAR 4 level. At each level, programs have to meet certain research-based quality standards that measure four areas that make a difference in the quality of care your child receives:

  • Staff Education
  • Learning Environment
  • Leadership Management
  • Family and Community Partnerships

As a program moves from STAR 1 to STAR 4, the requirements in these areas increase.

At a Keystone STARS Program you should find:

  • Department of Human Services Certificate of Compliance for child care centers and group homes or Centers of Registration for family care homes.
  • A comfortable place where your child can explore and learn.
  • Laughing, reading and talking which builds language skills.
    Teachers learning new ways to help your child thrive.
  • A safe, healthy and exciting place.
  • Music, art, science and play activities that increase school readiness.
  • Your child feeling good about himself or herself.
  • Families involved in the program and their child development.
  • Teachers that listen to children and parents.
  • Children having fun together and being respectful of each other.

Just Children Child Care Centers are proud to be a part of the Keystone Stars program!

Springtime at Just Children Child Day Care Centers

Springtime at Just Children Child Care CentersAfter a LONG Winter, we at Just Children cannot wait to jump into our Spring activities! Spring for us means getting back outside to our modern playgrounds and working on our gross motor skills! We look forward to creating child friendly gardens both inside the classroom and outside the day care center. Our favorite part of planting the garden is getting to eat fresh veggies for snacks later in the summer! We will be celebrating Week of The Young Child and Teacher Appreciation Week in the coming months. These are times in which we show just how much our little ones and teachers mean to us! Stay tuned for crazy fun activities such as Just Children pride day, carnival day, ice cream sundaes, and much more!

It is not too late to sign up for Just Children’s summer program. We will be kicking off in late June with thematic weeks and AWESOME trips! Children enjoy visits from special guests, activities, and water play during the program as well. We welcome Just Children alumni and siblings back with open arms! Our child day care educational program incorporates our academic curriculum with the idea of GETTING ACTIVE! Children are encouraged to learn through play and experience. We will utilize our creative educators to keep the children engaged in a high quality learning environment during the summer months! Please inquire with any of our centers to get your child enrolled today! As always, from our “family” to yours, thank you for letting us be a part of your child’s educational journey!

Happy New Year from Just Children Child Care

happy new year 2015Hello from Just Children Child Care! It’s hard to believe the holidays have come and gone! In December, Santa came to visit our centers and Christmas trees have gone up. Menorahs came out and the Latke cooking project for the preschoolers was successful. 2015 has arrived and Just Children is anticipating another terrific year with our families and friends!

January is a very exciting month at Just Children. Along with the New Year often comes fresh snow and ice! We do our best to open regardless of inclement weather, but sometimes it’s not possible, unfortunately. While no one likes to drive in the snow, kids definitely love to play in it! Remember to wear those hats, gloves and boots so the snowman building can begin. It’s time to think about filing your taxes, so remember to save that tax return for additional summer time savings. When you pay for the summer program in full prior to the first week, you get the final week FREE!

As always, we appreciate you and your family. Thank you to everyone that has chosen to become part of the Just Children “family”. Best wishes for a wonderful, safe, and healthy 2015!