Three Good Reasons You Should Send Your Child to Summer Camp

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I. Social Interaction

When children attend summer camp they learn to build relationships outside of school and communicate with other peers who they’re member met before. Social interaction is very important because it teaches children how to get along with each other,  and it also teaches them to respond to different situations appropriately. Thus, teaching them social skills.

II. A Safe, Supportive Environment

Supportive environments are essential to developing children no matter what age they are. However, it’s most important for children at a young age.  Summer camp can provide children with a supportive environment while you’re at work and they’re outside of school.

III. Physical Activity & Healthy Eating

Many summer camps have a healthy eating program that caters to a child’s  nutrition and daily activity. Summer camps also offer some type of physical activity. This is a great thing because it teaches your child that exercise and healthy eating are important. It also teaches them the importance of getting outside in a world full of technology.

Bonus: Summer Care for Children Under 13 may qualify for a tax credit from the IRS

Looking for the best summer camps? Give us a call today at (336) 761-5100 and ask to speak with a Parent Specialist to help you start your search!

 

Five Meaningful Gifts for Provider Appreciation Day

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Provider Appreciation Day celebrates the importance of providers. It’s celebrated in several locations including the U.S., Asia, and Europe.
The Importance of Child Care Providers in Early Education:
Childcare providers are important. They provide a nurturing environment for your child while you’re at work.
They make sure your child is always fed, clean, and safe.  Enrolling your child in quality child care can have many benefits. This includes developing all the skills they need to succeed in life.
Here are five meaningful gifts to give your provider  for Provider Appreciation Day:
1. Gift Cards & Supplies:
Gift cards and supplies (i.e. Soap) are a great way to say thank you to your providers. Many educators have to come out of pocket for supplies. Providing these items helps your provider save money.
2. Letters from Kids & Parents:
It’s always nice to receive a letter of appreciation. It shows that you care and will motivate and make the provider feel appreciated.
3. Foot Inserts:
Childcare providers are always on their feet. That’s why foot inserts are great. They help reduce pain and are beneficial to your child care provider’s health.
4. Get Well Soon Baskets:
Let’s face it we all get sick.   Get well soon baskets are great for days when your provider isn’t feeling so well. It incorporates items like soup, Aspirin, cold medicines, tissues, and tea. This is a nice way to thank your childcare provider. It shows them that you’re thinking about them and thinking ahead.
5. Coffee /Tea:
Taking care of children can be a handful, especially when you’re out of energy. Give your childcare provider something that will get them up and go in the morning.

How To Create A Sensory Board At Home

 

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We all l have things we don’t use at home. Why not create a sensory board? Sensory boards are great for teaching children about the different senses they’ll encounter throughout their lifetime. They’re  also beneficial when developing cognitive, sensory and fine motor skills.

Supplies needed:

  1. Display Board
  2. Hot Glue Gun
  3. Items From Around the House

Items You Should Use:

Good items to use would be sand paper, straws, rice and old shoelaces. Find items that allow them to pinch and grab, as well as items that make sounds or have various textures. These work well and stay secured when using only a hot glue gun.

Tips to Remember:

  • Lay everything out before gluing it down so you know where everything should be.
  • Use items you know will stay on when using hot glue.

 

How Do Our Nanny Services Work?

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The purpose of our Nanny Service is to collect information for parents so they may respond to applicants at a time, which is convenient.

How it Works:

  • Work Family Resource Center has authored A Family’s Guide to Hiring A Nanny. It is included in the nanny service and you will receive your copy in the mail. A Family’s Guide to Hiring a Nanny will prove valuable during the nanny search and after you have

hired your nanny.

  • Work Family Resource Center has a database of applicants currently looking for work as a nanny. If these do not meet your needs, then a parent counselor will work with you on the wording of a classified “Child Care Needed” ad. The ad will list Work Family Resource Center as the contact. It is the counselor’s responsibility to place the ad with the newspapers; however, it is the parent’s responsibility to pay for the ad for the length of time you wish the ad to run. The counselor will request to have the ad invoiced directly to the parent. Nanny ads are places on the web on varies sites and all inquiries are screened by Work Family Resource Center.
  • The parent counselor will talk to all potential applicants answering your ad and mail them a “Nanny Application” and a “Nanny Information Sheet” to be completed and returned. You will be kept informed as responses from the ad are received and the Nanny Information Sheets will be forwarded to you with the understanding that Work Family Resource Center is not making recommendations, screening, nor making placements. The “Nanny Information Sheet” will assist you in determining whom to interview. We strongly recommend that you do not make hiring decisions based on the “Nanny Information Sheet” alone. Once you have reviewed the Information Sheets and determined which nanny applicants you would like to interview, the parent counselor will forward copies of those “Nanny Applications” for further consideration. Work Family Resource Center strongly urge parents to do the following:
  • Conduct a thorough background check on all potential nannies. This may include but is not limited to checking all references, past employers, and conducting a criminal records check. Information on how to conduct a criminal records check is included in A Family’sGuide to Hiring A Nanny. Work Family can conduct the criminal background check and charge the client the cost of the criminal record check if needed.

The cost of the service is paid by your employer. Any cost of the newspaper ads will be your

responsibility. If you have any questions, please feel free to cal

How Clean Up Time Can Be Beneficial To Providers and Kids

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Keeping your child care facility clean throughout the year is important because it reduces the spread of disease.


Why cleaning is beneficial to kids: 
Cleaning up teaches children to put things back where they belong, and can also teach them the skills of responsibility, accountability, and teamwork. These are skills they will have to use later in life and on the job. 
How can clean-up  time help providers:
For providers cleaning up can mean the difference between staying open and being shut down. Cleaning up can take a lot of time especially when having to disinfect different areas. Having a clean-up routine cuts back on time you have to spend cleaning so you can focus on disinfecting important areas and planning for the next day.

Creating a Clean Up Routine:

  • Check out what your normal routine is during the day. Try to schedule your clean-up routine around the end of the day 30 minutes before pickup
  • Create a checks and balance system where you assign kids to simple cleaning tasks so you can focus on harder tasks like disinfecting and sanitizing those areas.  Check out this toy washing station.
  • Encourage kids to clean up by making clean up fun. Use a song to transition into clean-up time.
  • Make sure you are consistent. Schedule cleaning time at the same time every day so kids get used to cleaning up.

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Five Ways to Celebrate and Support the Success of Children with Learning Disabilities

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By celebrating your child’s success, you are building their confidence and self-esteem. This is especially important when dealing with children who have learning disabilities because they may have a low self-esteem about their learning disability and their ability to do things in general. Here are five things you can do to celebrate and support the success of your child:

  • Don’t just celebrate big successes, celebrate small successes. (example your child has a goal of two words a day with dyslexia but is learning four. )
  • Tell and show them that you’re proud of them. Let them know vocally that you are supporting them.
  • Consistently set a goal to improve in school and at home.
  • Share their accomplishment with other family members. This will show the child that their whole family is supporting and rooting for them.  (Put it on the refrigerator.)
  • Teach them that setbacks are only a part of the process and that they can overcome them.  Encourage them to follow their dreams and teach them the skill of perseverance.

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Three Reasons You Should Attend The Children’s Champion Luncheon. 

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  • Networking Opportunities: Our children’s champion luncheon is a great way to network with various educational leaders within the region. Learn about what’s been happening in the community and help us celebrate our champion this year. It’s a great opportunity for students and recent graduates stepping into the early education field
  • Great food & Fun Atmosphere: At the children’s champion luncheon we make sure that all of our guests are fed. When buying your table you get a place dedicated to your name and great vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
  • Celebrating the Work of Great Leaders: This is where you get to celebrate the work of great leaders in the early education community and learn what needs to happen to continue to improve early education and childcare in Region 10.

Interested in attending this event? Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2nhXeGd

When Parents Are Away, We Save The Day: Nanny Positions Available!

 

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We’re Looking for Nannies!

Have you ever had a passion for working with children, but you think you could not possibly make a career out of it?  Well, Work Family Resource Center is here to offer a great opportunity to transform that passion into a career with our Nanny Solutions. We help families find individuals to work as nannies on a  Full or Part-Time basis.  To apply you must fill out an application and meet the following requirements:

  • a Valid Divers Licenses
  • At least a high school diploma
  • CPR & First Aid Certification
  • Own Transportation
  • History of working in child care or
  • with children

Are you interested? Contact us at 336-761-5100.

Additional Contact Information:
Work Family Resource Center
530 N. Spring Street
Winston Salem, NC 27101
Fax: 336-761-5107
E-mail: Mail@ccrr.org

Looking for Summer Camps?

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The start of the summer can be an exciting and fun time for families.  However, we know that finding summer care or engaging activities for your school-age children can sometimes be a challenge! Let Work Family Resource Center help!  We have an extensive list of summer camps in our referral database. We can run FREE customized searches in your area to help you narrow down the best choices based your family’s needs. We have everything from full-summer/full-time camps to part-time/one-week camps.  Does your child enjoy a specific sport?  We can run a list of all the camps in the area for that particular sport based on your child’s age!  Give us a call today at (336) 761-5100 and ask to speak with a Parent Specialist to help you start your search!

Camp Types We Can Search for You:

  • Academic or Museum
  • All-Sports/Athletic Skills Camps
  • Animals
  • Babysitter Certification
  • Baseball/Softball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading/Gymnastics
  • Community Service
  • Cooking/Baking
  • Dance
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hiking/Outdoor
  • Horse-Back Riding
  • Lacrosse
  • Lego/Robotics
  • Martial Arts/Karate
  • Math/Science/Technology
  • Music
  • Soccer
  • Special Needs
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Theatre/Drama/Filmmaking
  • Traditional Camps (crafts, games, trips)
  • Visual Arts
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Benefits of Self-Sufficiency: Teaching Children To Do Things On Their Own.

Teaching children to do things on their own gives them confidence and teaching responsibility. Imagine being able to relax at home after while your children take up chores, make their own bed, and eventually take jobs that will allow them to support their self through college. These are the benefits of self-sufficiency. It not only benefits you but also your child in the long run. Here are five ways you can teach your child to self-sufficient:

  • Let them make their own lunch.
  • Letting them take care of the family pet
    (i.e. Changing the fishbowl).
  • Let them do their own laundry
  • Have them make their own bed.
  • Have them clean their own dishes.