The Difference Between Preschool and Daycare

Learn the key differences between preschool and daycare so that you can prepare to make the best choice for your child and family.

Your little one is growing up fast, so naturally, you're starting to wonder about the next phase in his or her development. If you're a bit unsure about what distinguishes preschool from daycare: that's okay, we're here to help. This post outlines some of the key aspects of each program and clarifies the differences. Age While daycares will accept children as young as infants, preschool is intended for children ages three to five. Keep in mind that most preschool programs require students to know how to use the bathroom. Fontainebleau Childcare Academy is unique in that it implements an age-appropriate curriculum for children from six weeks to five years. Education The purpose of preschool is to provide a foundation that prepares your child for kindergarten, and, in general, preschools will take a more structured approach to education than da…

How to Teach Young Children About Giving Back

Everyone wants their children to be compassionate and caring, but in order to instill these values, parents need to teach young children about giving back.

The traits children learn at a young age can stay with them their entire lives, so it's important to instill strong values of respect, compassion, and patience early on. Here are some simple ways to teach children how to give back. Help Them Choose Items to Give Away Many parents are used to donating clothes their children have already worn, but this is a great opportunity to teach children about giving back. Instead of simply donating clothes without the kids noticing, discuss the donation with them and ask them to help select the toys, clothing, or other items to give away. This is also a great opportunity for parents to discuss the importance of donating and giving with their little ones. Bring Children to Volunteer Activities It's never too early for children to experience giving back, even if they're too young for pr…

Easy, Educational Activities for One-Year-Olds

No longer infants but not quite preschoolers, one-year-olds are ready to reach out and learn. Entertain while you encourage development with these easy ideas.

Parents of one-year-olds recognize their kids are in the first of several "between" ages in their lives. They're clearly no longer infants, but also not quite preschoolers. While parents need to keep their ever-more-independent one-year-olds safely occupied, they also want to seed strong skill development, mental acuity, and intellectual curiosity, so they're ready for a strong start at a great local preschool. These listed activities are fun and easy to implement, and they encourage development.
Calming and Focusing Play Ideas Looking to settle an over-excited one-year-old? Try calming and focusing activities like picture viewing, where you and your child tour the images in your house. Show him or her vacation stills, pictures of family members past and present, and of him/herself. For an even better activity, …

How to Help Your Child Adjust to Preschool

Parents can prepare kids for success in preschool with these essential parenting tips around reading, talking, and playing. Read about the hows & whys here.

Helping a child adjust to the preschool experience is as challenging for first-time parents as it is for the little debutant scholars, but as the adage holds, previous preparation pays. In this case, parental preparation makes all the difference for everyone involved. Set your child up to succeed throughout the educational arc by laying a strong foundation for preschool with these scientifically sound parenting tips. Talk to Your Budding Schoolchild Talk about everything they learned while they were at school, and especially ask them about any fun art or writing projects they worked on. Give everything a name and practice using those names frequently. Not only will the child’s vocabulary grow, but so will communicative confidence and conversational skills (like listening and waiting one’s turn to speak). Read Every Single Day  Once…

Preschool: 4 Ways to Make Sure your Child is Ready

Preschool: 4 Ways to Make Sure your Child is Ready 
Most preschools have an age limit for admitting students. They usually require students to be between the ages of 2 and 5. But, this is a fairly large age gap. Every child develops at a different rate so there is no magic number when it comes to sending your child to preschool. Because age is just a number, we want to help make the decision easier for you to decipher. Here are four things to ask yourself when trying to decide if your child is ready for preschool.

1.Does your child show signs of independence? 

Most preschools want the children who attend to be reasonably independent. This means that your child needs to be potty-trained. Your child should also be able to take care of some basic needs like washing hands, eating lunch independently, and communicating needs to the teacher. Your child should also be showing an interest in playing and exploring independently. 
2.Has your child spent time away from you? 

When thinking about send…

How to Prepare Your Child for Preschool

Preschool is a big step not only for your child, but also for you. The preparation you do in advance will give you as a parent more peace of mind when the big day arrives. For the most part parents are usually more apprehensive about sending their kids to school than the kids are about going to school. If this is you, don't worry you are not alone. Talk with parents who have gone through the same transition with their kids and ask how they handled it. They will have great advice to give to you and can be a point of contact if you have any questions going forward. Never the less, preschool is a great place for you child to pick up social skills and meet friends! Fontainebleau Children’s Academy has an integrated preschool program, created to educate your child and prepare them for their future academic years.
Tips On Preparing Your Child for Preschool 
Mentally and physically preparing your child for preschool will make this process a lot smoother for both of you! This is the beginni…

Starting out Right – Why Choose a Preschool Setting?

Determining the right educational and developmental opportunities for your child can be overwhelming for a parent. For some working parents, having to leave a child with a  childcare provider is a necessity. The choice of childcare is typically a daycare setting because many parents are unaware that a preschool, which is often thought to be a choice left to stay-at-home parents, can also be an option for their child.   Learning with a Purpose Unlike daycare settings, which typically provide basic childcare services, a preschool setting can help prepare a child for the next steps in their educational development. Preschool can start your toddler on the path to lifelong learning by incorporating play into the learning curriculum. Often this curriculum disguises learning techniques as play providing children with much needed linguistic and logic skills. In addition, According to the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) "children who attend high-quality preschool e…