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Caring for the Children - Useful Tips!

We want you to help Children grow into curious, happy, and friendly little children! When on duty, your first priority should always be engaging with the children, facilitating and supporting their activities. Always be just a little bit early to pick up Children at school. They get very nervous when they think they might have been forgotten. When you are on duty, stay close to the children — within “earshot” at the very least. You want to be able to hear what the children are up to so that you can intervene before they need help.

When you are on duty but you’re not actively involved with playing with the children, you can prepare dinner, organize their toys or things, do laundry, or use that time to write in the journal about the children or learn more about taking care of children, about how children learn, and so on (reading books and magazines on child development). We’d love to talk about ideas or new things you learn. Keep a short journal of the children’s activities and important achievements each day, and share with us any interesting things or behaviour problems that happen. This way we can keep track of things and develop strategies together. When you are on duty, do not make personal phone calls, use the computer or watch TV. It’s fine to listen to music if not too loud. Play children’s music that the children can listen/sing/dance to at some point during each day. You should pick up/put away toys, shoes, and dishes/cups at the end of each day. It is ok if you encourage them to help you. Make a sweep around the house before you go off duty. Put dishes in the dishwasher and clear up/put away whatever you use to cook the children’ meals.

The children need your help with their chores — mostly just remind them and supervise them. Remind the children to put away their coats, shoes, dirty clothes, etc. Remind them to do their chores, such as setting the table, sweeping the kitchen floor, and feeding the pet. Remind the children to tidy up or put away their instruments after their music practice. Help to keep the corner closet tidy so that the children can place their coats, backpacks, lunchboxes, boots etc. in the appropriate places. Ask the children to help you out with basic tasks such as folding laundry and putting it away, making lunches, and organizing toys. Look for ways that the children can help you out with basic tasks and encourage them to participate. We want to encourage the children to put their toys away when they’re finished with them; however, we don’t need to worry about cleaning toys up every minute of the day.

The children should tidy up the playroom and their kitchen play area once a day (with your help, if needed). The playroom needs to have a more serious cleaning up once a week (usually on Friday or Saturday before “movie night”). At this time, you and the children would sort toys into their proper bins, return games to their proper place on the shelves, organize bookshelves, put away art supplies, and empty the miscellaneous box Help keep the toys sorted into the proper bins. Turn off the lights in the playroom and laundry room when you come upstairs for more than a few minutes. Remind the children often to turn off the lights themselves, and if necessary send them back downstairs to turn off the lights. Also, help remind them to turn off the stereo.