How To Prepare Your Baby for Daycare

In many ways, pregnancy feels like an endless affair. But before you know it, you’ve reserved your spot at Bright Start Louisville, had your baby, and are just weeks away from returning to work.

The first few weeks home from the hospital are all about survival, but the next few weeks are all about preparing to return to work and preparing your baby for daycare.

Some parents are eager to return to work, while others have a hard time. There’s no right or wrong way to feel about returning to work, but you and your baby will feel comfortable and confident if you devote time to preparing for the big day.

For Baby

All babies are different. Some may be upset by a change in their routine, while others are as chill as can be. Some ways to help a baby transition include:

  • Consistency with baby’s food – Don’t send formula to daycare if your baby is breastfed, and don’t send a different formula brand if your baby drinks formula. Work on any milk changes at home so the baby doesn’t feel deprived.
  • Consistency with soothers – Babies are very intuitive and can be soothed by familiar items or smells. Sending a familiar blanket, pacifier, or snuggie–especially if they carry your scent–can be very soothing to your baby.

For Parents

It’s understandable to be nervous about your infant’s first day at daycare. Here are some ways to calm your nerves and prepare for the transition.

  • Plan a few days where a partner or friend watches the baby while you get out.
  • Talk with our nursery workers. Share your routine and what your baby likes and dislikes.
  • Remember that sadness won’t last forever. Transitions are hard, but there is stability and joy on the other side of transition.

Our nursery teachers will help you feel comfortable leaving your child and provide the best care while you are away.

Bright Start Louisville offers exceptional childcare to children six weeks to 12 years old. We’re proud to offer a fun and educational preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking for excellent childcare that gives your child a head start in life, contact Bright Start Louisville today!

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How To Prepare Your Toddler For Daycare

How To Prepare Your Toddler For Daycare

Your toddler’s first day of daycare is coming up rapidly. How do you prepare your child and help them succeed in daycare? Here are some expert tips.

Start a Daycare Routine at Home

Contact our office to learn more about the toddler’s daily routine and implement little changes at home. For instance, weaning your toddler off their morning nap will help them have stamina throughout the morning and lunchtime.

Visit Bright Start Louisville

Feel free to come by our daycare with your toddler so they can see their room, meet their teacher, and observe new playmates. If your toddler is especially shy, they may benefit from visiting more than once so they see the same faces.

Plan For a Half-Week

Many toddlers transition to full-time daycare best when they start part-time. Letting your child have a day or two at home with you will help ease anxiety and stir excitement for the next time they go to daycare.

Bring a Toy From Home

Your child is welcome to bring a loved toy from home. These give a sense of security to your child if they feel lonely or anxious. But you may soon find that your toddler loves their classroom and is able to come to Bright Start Louisville without it.

Don’t Give In to Tears

It’s completely understandable and expected that a child is emotional at drop-off or pick-up. The best thing you can do for your toddler is making drop-off quick. Give reassurance of your love and that you’ll return, and then don’t linger, even if there are tears. Be all-in at pick-up: give eye contact and affection, ask about their day, and share how happy you are to see them; don’t be distracted on your phone or dismiss their emotions.

Bright Start Louisville offers exceptional childcare to children six weeks to 12 years old. We’re proud to offer a fun and educational preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking for excellent childcare that gives your child a head start in life, contact Bright Start Louisville today!

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What Are the Benefits of a Preschool Program?

Is It Too Late to Enroll My Child in a Preschool Program?

Although it’s hard to believe, summer is already over and it’s time to jump back into the school year.

The start of school is front and center at this time of year: school supplies in prime grocery store spots, clothing sales at every department store, and first-day of school photos flood every social media page. No matter how old your child is, the back-to-school season gets every parent thinking: am I preparing my child for school?

Even for infants, one of the best ways to prepare your child for school is by enrolling them in a quality daycare or preschool program.

Routine

Schools have a very strict routine. Children who aren’t used to routine have a hard time transitioning to school, which can impair their relationships and academics. Daycare and preschool routines help your child thrive in a school routine.

Social Skills

Children need lots of practice to develop appropriate social skills. Daycare and preschool give your child ample opportunity to practice these skills, which makes the transition to school easier. At school, your child will quickly make friends and interact respectfully with their teacher.

Academic Acceleration

We pride ourselves on our academic program! We teach letters, numbers, shapes, colors, opposites, and so much more! This gives you peace of mind knowing your child has a headstart in kindergarten.

Even though the school year is starting, it’s never too late to enroll your child in a daycare or preschool program! While we accept applicants at any time of the year, don’t wait–apply today!

Bright Start Louisville offers exceptional childcare to children six weeks to 12 years old. We’re proud to offer a fun and educational preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking for excellent childcare that gives your child a head start in life, contact Bright Start Louisville today!

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What’s It Like at Bright Start Louisville?

If you’ve been looking around Louisville for different childcare options, it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed. There are a lot of options, and you want to feel confident in your decision.

Here’s what it’s like at Bright Start Louisville!

We have five different age groups:

  • Infants: 6 weeks to 16 months
  • Toddlers: 16 months to 24 months
  • Early Preschool: Two’s
  • Preschool: Three’s and Four’s
  • School-Age: Five and Up

Our infants and toddler rooms are all about loving on your child while they explore their environment. Your child will expand their world and social skills through teachers reading them books, listening to music, and age-appropriate art and toys.

In early preschool, your child will continue to grow and make friends. They have a greater attention span for group read-aloud and honing their fine motor skills through art. Plus they have ample time to play indoors and outside to get out all their energy!

In our preschool program, we pride ourselves on our curriculum that’s designed to set your child up for academic success. We focus on letters and sound recognition, handwriting, basic math skills, and more! Plus, your child benefits from our daily routine that will help them transition to kindergarten.

Finally, school-age children have time to relax and decompress after school, talk with their teachers, make friends, or work on their homework.

To see how it all comes together, you can take our virtual tour. Or, if you’re ready to enroll, contact us today!

 

Bright Start Louisville offers exceptional childcare to children six weeks to 12 years old. We’re proud to offer a fun and educational preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking for excellent childcare that gives your child a head start in life, contact Bright Start Louisville today!

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What Are the Benefits of a Preschool Program?

Preschool Friendship Benefits

If you have a preschooler, then you know how much they grow every single day! It seems like just yesterday you were supporting them to walk, and now they play tag, jump on a trampoline, paint and draw, and have a fascination with squishy bugs.

With encouragement and opportunities, children can flourish as they grow in their newfound skills. Further, children solidify their learning experiences by applying new skills in different scenarios. For instance, your child may know their ABCs in their favorite book at home, but seeing letters in a new font in a library book helps them apply their new skills in an exciting and challenging way.

While it’s easy to focus on academic achievement at this age, you shouldn’t neglect social skills. If your child has siblings or regular playmates, you may think you have this area covered, but children need various social settings in order to have well-rounded social skills. Daycare and preschool are one of the best settings to accomplish this!

Practice Essential Social Skills

Many of us feel a twinge of anxiety when we meet new people. Meeting new people can be awkward and scary! Preschool programs offer ample opportunities for children to learn how to introduce themselves, ask questions, apologize, include others, and play by the rules. These foundational skills are crucial not just for kindergarten, but for their whole life.

Develop Flexibility

Even preschool relationships need flexibility! With practice, one can learn to problem-solve, resolve conflict, share, and compromise. Preschool programs provide many different activities so children can practice these skills.

Encourage Empathy

Everyone appreciates an empathetic friend. Empathy is an age-appropriate milestone in preschool. However, empathy is challenging for many children, especially if they struggle with social skills. Children who have extra practice are more likely to be empathetic.

 

 

Bright Start Louisville offers exceptional childcare to children six weeks to 12 years old. We’re proud to offer a fun and educational preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking for excellent childcare that gives your child a head start in life, contact Bright Start Louisville today!

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3 Daily Routines at Bright Start Louisville

Almost everyone thrives from a routine, including children. There are many reasons why children do best with a routine, such as:

  • Emotional Stability – Children can become anxious if they don’t know what a day will bring. This anxiety can cause meltdowns and power struggles.
  • Establish Good Habits – Including healthy practices like brushing teeth, doing chores, making the bed, and doing homework are all beneficial to children. After a while, these become so routine they don’t even think about them.
  • Build ConfidenceScience continues to show how routine builds confidence in children. When children know what to expect from activities and relationships, they can move forward with confidence.

One of the best ways to help your child establish a routine is by enrolling them in a quality preschool program. Here are three regular patterns your child can count on at Bright Start Louisville:

Learning Time

While this may look different for each age, we stress the importance of age-appropriate learning time in every classroom. Whether that is reading to babies, sensory toys for toddlers, or a preschool curriculum, you and your child can count on our teachers for age-appropriate education.

Play Time

Uninterrupted playtime is vital at this young age! Children can devote themselves to imaginative play with age-appropriate toys, dress-up, or games.

Meal Time

Children who snack all day struggle to focus on what they are learning. Scheduled meal and snack times help children focus all their energy on one activity at a time. Plus, it cuts back on snacking throughout the day, which improves their health.

Bright Start Louisville offers exceptional childcare to children six weeks to 12 years old. We’re proud to offer a fun and educational preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking for excellent childcare that gives your child a head start in life, contact Bright Start Louisville today!

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What Are the Benefits of a Preschool Program?