Tips & Advice’s to Plan a Program for Child Care

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Tips & Advice’s to Plan a Program for Child Care


Child Care Program

The program of a day care center must be based on both the needs and the abilities of preschool children. It  includes  educational, health,  and welfare services.

There  should be  time provided in the program every day so that  the children have:

Free  supervised play outdoors Free  supervised play indoors Music  experiences Creative art experiences Dramatic play experiences

The program of a day care center must be based on both the needs and the abilities of preschool children includes  educational, health,  and welfare services.

The program of a day care center must be based on both the needs and the abilities of preschool children includes  educational, health,  and welfare services.

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Routines

Washing

dating

Toileting Resting

 

Health and medical  supervision   

(bathing and haircuts may be included when indicated).

Religious education can be,  if desired,  an integral part of the daily program on the level of a preschool child’s understanding.

The daily time schedule  should be planned in  such a way that there is a good balance between quiet and active experiences.

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Parent education is also a part of the day care  center program;  this  takes place through daily contacts and special meetings for parents.

 

Educational Program 

Play is a way of learning for the preschool child.   It  develops a child’s mind and body.  Contrary to what most adults think,  the child is not wasting his time when he plays he is  learning.

What the preschool child learns  through play,  he learns more surely and remembers longer
than anything he gets by sitting still  for long periods of time and listening to a teacher.

Many adults think that a child is only “learning” something if he is  learning to  read and write.   Actually,  forcing a child to read and write before he is  ready can do him much harm.

Reading and writing demands  that  the eye,  the ear,  the nervous system and the brain be
sufficiently mature so that what they receive can be sorted out, understood,  and remembered.

This comes about by a process of physical maturation,  and a healthy child,  doing what a healthy child should be doing, grows normally into  these capacities.

Pushing the child does not change the speed of this growth;  this maturation occurs only at about six years of age  and not at  three or four and rarely even at five.

Play for the preschool  child has the  same meaning as work or study for  the adult.

It  is his major business  in life.   When properly supervised and guided,  the child’s play provides him with all of the learning opportunities appropriate to his age. The  educational  program of the day care center is therefore based on play.

Article source : JDC guide for day care centers a handbook to aid communities in developing day care center programs.

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