Prepared for Jose | Delivered March 10, 2020
Best Practices for Running a Day Care
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in a daycare include creative work (drawing and coloring), imaginative play, as well as physical activity, indoor and outdoor activities.
regular scheduling of activities
of age-appropriate activities for children with appropriate staffing such as "
one [teacher] for every five children
are recommended since they also help in the
monitoring children's overall development
curriculum might include activities
such as "rest/nap time, art time, literacy time, language, math, science, computer and free play" as practiced by the top daycare centers in Northern Virginia, U.S.A.
Tasks for daycare workers
also include feeding, changing diapers, putting children to sleep and speaking with their parents.
An example of daily tasks/schedule for infants, toddlers and preschoolers can be seen in this
are tasked with "tracking employee training and licensing requirements, billing and payroll, scheduling, expenses, and more". They are also responsible for maintaining
daily activity logs
, overseeing videotaping in classrooms and unannounced parent visits.
Some daycare programs are
integrating the use of technology
in the learning process for children by introducing it in their curriculum.
Children are being encouraged to
engage with digital material
and assistive technology is being used with children who present with developmental delays or special needs.
Individualized attention is important to ensure infants and toddlers are being encouraged based on their own pace of development.
, providing materials to children based on the interest displayed which shows their mental development progress.
Children need activities that are customized for them because a "one-size-fits-all group play" might not be appropriate for them.
, group activities require: "1 caregiver for every 4 infants (6 weeks to 18 months) — group size no larger than 8, 1 caregiver for every 5 toddlers (18 months — 36 months) — group size no larger than 12, [a] family child care provider may care for no more than 2 children
two, [and] 1 adult to every 3 babies or 4 toddlers".
There are recommended oral health hygiene for children in child care programs which varies based on age (i.e. 0 – 1 year, 1 – 3 years and 3 – 5 years). These can be seen
It is recommended that daycare facilities have "first aid kit to handle
oral health emergencies
" especially for common incidents like toothaches, cuts, broken tooth or bleeding related to their tooth/teeth falling out.