Category: Professional Practice

Why are we watching chickens hatch in plastic boxes?

This week, I have seen several posts on social media from services welcoming chicken hatching programs. Let’s be clear – these aren’t the first services to do this, and I am sure they won’t be the last. This article is not designed to shame anyone, simply to shine a light on a program that doesn’t sit so well with us.

Is it ethical or sustainable to use food in play, and where do we draw the line?

Today, we shared a post on our Facebook page that got some great responses. The question we posed was: “What is the most bizarre rule you have heard in an early education and care service?” There were some doozies, but one in particular sparked some interesting discussion, and it’s not the first time that this issue has been raised. I’ve had this conversation with many educators in many services and upon asking the question of whether it is ethical or sustainable to use food in play, it seems that the answer isn’t exactly black or white.

Messy Art With Infants And Toddlers?

For infants and toddlers, creative art experiences are all about the process of sensory exploration. Such experiences are an important part of their development.

What is your Behavior Management Policy?

20 years ago when I wanted to begin caring for children in my home I hand drew a flier (I didn’t even have a computer or printer at the time!) and hung it up on a community board at our local corner grocery store. I remember my futile attempts to draw ABC blocks, teddy bears, and beach balls on it and coloring them in with crayons. Fast forward 20 years and thanks to social media, we sure have come a long way in how we “spread the word.”

What Are Your Best Advertising Tips?

20 years ago when I wanted to begin caring for children in my home I hand drew a flier (I didn’t even have a computer or printer at the time!) and hung it up on a community board at our local corner grocery store. I remember my futile attempts to draw ABC blocks, teddy bears, and beach balls on it and coloring them in with crayons. Fast forward 20 years and thanks to social media, we sure have come a long way in how we “spread the word.”

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