Next Steps Learning Center is a child care facility and NAEYC accredited program that provides care for infant, toddler, and preschool children. Our facility boasts generous sized activities for child care that provide a nurturing, enriching atmosphere where children explore and grow personally in a group setting.
We strive to provide affordable, dependable, high quality daycare and child care services for infant, toddler, and preschool age children in a safe and comfortable environment. With locations in both Chaska and Chanhassen, Next Steps Learning Center is your premier daycare and child learning center in the southwest metro area. We are dedicated to ensuring that each child is well cared for in an enriching atmosphere where children are encouraged to explore the world around them through play and directed activities. Please forward this error screen to sharedip-107180968.
Child care, child minding, or daycare is the caring for and supervision of a child or children, usually ranging from age six weeks to age thirteen. Child care is the action or skill of looking after children by a day-care center, nannies, babysitter, teachers or other providers. Usually children are taken care of by their parents, legal guardians or siblings. Cross-culturally, children caring for children is very common. This informal care includes verbal direction and other explicit training regarding the child’s behavior, and is often as simple as “keeping an eye out” for younger siblings. At home, care is typically provided by nannies, au pairs, or friends and family.
The child is watched inside their own home which could expose them to outside children and illnesses. Nanny agencies will thoroughly check an applicant’s references and run a criminal background check on the successful candidate. Having a nanny could be cheaper than putting multiple children in a daycare setting full time. Nannies could provide stability for the child who gets to have a regular role model in their life.
Family child care providers care for children in the provider’s own home. The children could be in a mixed age group with a low adult to child ratio. Care can also potentially be personalized and individual. The hours may be more flexible and the provider may offer evening and weekend care for parents who work shifts. The cost in a family child care could be significantly lower on average than that of a center. Child care facilities in the US have the option of becoming accredited.
This standard is set and regulated by an outside agency. In centers, National Association for the Education of Young Children institutes it. Licensed or unlicensed home daycare is also referred to as family child care, or in home care. It refers to the care provided to a group of children in the home of a caregiver.
State laws differ regarding rules for licensed versus unlicensed care. In Canada, most home daycares are unlicensed, and this is completely lawful. Licensing home daycares in Canada can help greatly with oversight, but at the cost of a large portion of the daycare provider’s pay. In a childcare center, teachers focus on the physical and mental developments of their students. In order to have a greater understanding of the student, teachers in centers must incorporate a relationship with their students that benefits their wants and needs while pushing them toward a higher set of values. This type of teaching with a caring relationship will improve a student’s moral and incidental learning.
Commercial care center also known as daycares are open for set hours, and provide a standardized and regulated system of care for children. Parents may choose from a commercial care center close to their work, and some companies may even offer care at their facilities. A form in which parents pick the child care facility can be based on their mission statement and the objectives they find necessary to be addressed. Active children may thrive in the educational activities provided by a quality commercial care center, but according to the National Center for Early Development and Learning, children from low quality centers may be significantly less advanced in terms of vocabulary and reading skills.
Pre-school is often the term used to refer to child care centers that care primarily for 3 and 4-year old children. Preschool can be based in a center, family child care home or a public school. Older children, in their turn, in most countries are cared in an educational setting, usually a primary school environment. Informal childcare is a childcare system that utilizes both family and community members. This includes but is not limited to grandparents, siblings, and both children and adult neighbors. This system is inexpensive and many cultures utilize and embrace informal childcare as beneficial to a child’s upbringing and education.