Ask Melinda is a blog written by Melinda Marshall focusing on family child care issues. Think of it as Dear Abby for family child care.
This week's question: How do you balance your personal/work life and how do you deal with provider burnout?Read more.
This week's question: The parents in my program want to pay me only when their child is here. Its costing ME to run my program this way. What should I do?Read more.
Messy play is an important and large part of our program. Much of our day incorporates sensory play, whether its digging in the sand pit, scooping and pouring water, making mud pies, or squishing cool paint in between our fingers.Read more.
A few of the girls have recently begun a new game called “Huggies”. They run up to each other and ask “Huggie?” and as they wrap their arms around each other, they fall down to the ground. While the boys tend to want to wrestle and roughhouse without much ofRead more.
The physiological needs of the children should be at the very core of what you do. Food, water, movement, and rest are the priority. Feeling safe, secure, and knowing they are loved and cared for are equally important.Read more.
In our program, we use a play-based child led curriculum backed by current research and is developmentally appropriate, emergent, and inspired by the children’s interests.Read more.