Solving Daycare Issues

Selecting the right daycare is an important task since your child will be spending a considerable amount of time there. In addition, young children tend to be more impressionable as their brains develop and they begin to form perception. Therefore, it is important to many parents to have a daycare provider that will be a positive influence on their children.

Proper Diet

Since many recent studies have been published that show the relationship between food and cognitive development, nutrition has become a top priority at most licensed daycares. In some jurisdictions, government mandates are also in place to ensure that children are exposed to a healthy lifestyle.

As a parent, you can never be too involved in your child’s development. If you are unsure about whether or not your child is receiving the proper nutrition at the daycare, it never hurts to ask to see the meal plan or the recipes that are used at the center. You should always doublecheck to ensure that your child is receiving food from the four major food groups since it is essential in brain and bone development.

In addition, if your child has certain food allergies, it is your responsibility to bring this to the attention of the daycare providers. They are usually happy to offer substitutes or different meal choices.

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Potty Training

It is important to let your child potty train at their own pace. This means that the daycare provider should not be pressuring your child to use a toilet if they are not ready.

In fact, it is a good idea to communicate to the daycare provider where your child is at in the potty training stage. For example, if your child is slowly learning to use the toilet at home, it is counterproductive for the day care provider to put them in a diaper.

Not only will this confuse the child, it may also set them back in their progress.

Some daycare providers will put all the children in diapers because it can be very time consuming to monitor multiple children on the toilet. If the daycare provider expresses this type of concern to you, it may be a good idea to seek a smaller daycare where your child can receive more attention while potty training.

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Nap Time

If you find that your child has disrupted sleeping patterns, the nap schedule at the daycare might be the cause of this.  For example, if your child has trouble falling asleep at night, or wakes up multiple times throughout the night, it might be a good idea to ask the daycare to refrain from allowing your child to nap for long periods of time throughout the day.

This does not mean that they should not be allowed to rest. In fact, quiet time can also be a good substitute for naps, where the child is given toys to play with or communicates with one of the staff members. This can be a good way to give them a break from their activities without having them sleep.

However, before scrapping the nap time all together, it is a good idea to try to adjust it first. For example, you can ask the daycare supervisors to scale back your child’s nap time so that they are only napping for 20 minutes a day rather than a full half hour.