FunShine Tells: Understanding Child Development

When we talk about child development, we talk about the different steps and stages of growth and learning that a child goes through from birth to adulthood. It is important to understand that while there are many frames of reference, goals, and expectations for what children should be doing at a certain age, each child grows and develops freely and at their own pace.

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FunShine Tells: Why Use Curriculum?

Nursery children playing with teacher in the classroom

Running a preschool or childcare center can bring excitement, gratification, and joy as well as uncertainty and challenges. Starting from the moment that first idea sparks until you finally see it come true, one of the best tools to have on hand is the support of an educational curriculum. The strategies, structure, and interactions between adults and peers provided by the use of an educational curriculum in a child’s first years of learning is proven to form a student who not only will enjoy the learning process in the preschool years, but also in school years to come. Continue reading

4 Habits for Maintaining Positive Family Relationships

by Katie Brazerol

Early childhood education is a people profession. Educators are in constant collaboration, whether it’s with fellow educators, parents, guardians, and of course, the children they teach. It’s human nature not to see eye to eye with those around us on occasion. And in a field like early childhood, where educators are responsible for knowing the distinct needs of each child and family they serve, maintaining positive relationships is essential. Common issues in child care often take place when providers and families aren’t on the same page. Utilizing these four easy steps will go a long way to ensuring your relationships with families stay on track:

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