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December 02, 2019

Doctors Advising Against Use of Benadryl




Allergists have been saying for years that newer antihistamines are safer, but old habits remain. Many new parents are given advice from other parents, or even doctors, to have a bottle of Benadryl for kids on hand, just in case of an allergic reaction.

But according to allergists, the medication shouldn’t be used at all to treat allergy symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing or hives because it—and other ‘first-generation’ antihistamines—pose unnecessary risks to your child’s health.

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October 28, 2019

The Latest Flu Vaccine Information for Parents


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With the flu season fast approaching, it’s a good idea to get your kids—and yourself—prepared for the winter by getting flu shots as soon as they’re made available.

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September 29, 2019

5 Great Places To Go Apple Picking In The GTA

Is there a nicer way to spend a fall weekend with kids than visiting an apple orchard? Think pick-your-own, wagon rides, petting zoos and playgrounds, with a backdrop of beautiful fall foliage and crisp, autumn air. And don’t forget the apple treats! Check out some fave apple-picking spots in the GTA.

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August 29, 2019

One-Minute Mindfulness for Kids and Parents


Children of all ages can benefit from mindfulness, the simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment. It can help parents and caregivers, too, by promoting happiness and relieving stress. 

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July 26, 2019

Activities for Your Child to Play on Their Own


While one-on-one time is certainly important for strengthening the bond between you and your child, knowing when to give her space to play without your input is important, too.

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June 17, 2019

Consequences vs. Punishments

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Alyson Schafer, parenting expert, family counsellor and author of Ain't Misbehaving, discusses how providing consequences when childrearing can be more effective than punishment. Consequences are related, respectful and revealed in advance while punishment is a way to assert power and doesn't make a connection to the behaviour.

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May 27, 2019

7 Ways to Turn Off a Screen Without Causing a Meltdown



The best part about your kid's screen time is that it's a short break for you. The worst part is the meltdown when you turn it off. Here's how to avoid it.

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April 30, 2019

Discovery Point Sick Child Policy

If a child should become ill while at the Centre, the staff member present will:

• Immediately tend to the child’s needs

• Check the child’s temperature to see if there is a fever.

• If necessary, the child will be isolated from the other children, a bed may need to be put in the office, and a staff member, Supervisor or Director will remain with the child.

The parent will be notified to pick the child up. If the parent cannot be reached an emergency contact will be called. Children who have had a fever, diarrhea or an uncomfortable night must be kept home the following day. Children cannot attend the centre if illness prevents their ability to participate in regular daily routines or if attendance could be harmful to themselves or others. 

A child can return to the Centre after 24hours symptom free!

Families will be advised to keep the child at home, make alternative care arrangements and seek medical attention for the following conditions:

• Unexplained or undiagnosed pain

• Acute cold with fever, runny nose and eyes, coughing and sore throat

• Difficulty with breathing

• Fever over 38 degrees centigrade accompanied by general symptoms such as listlessness

• Sore throat and difficulty swallowing

• Undiagnosed skin or eye rash including pinkeye

• Headache and stiff neck

• Unexplained diarrhea or loose stool combined with vomiting and abdominal cramps

• Severe itching of body and scalp

• Known or suspected communicable diseases
When a child is diagnosed with a communicable disease (e.g., chicken pox) the child care program will advise the local public health unit and the families of other children in the program.

April 28, 2019

Can You Boost Your Child's Immunity?


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It’s normal for toddlers to get sick quite often especially when they start daycare. So what can parents and our caregivers do to help give children the best immune system defence?

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April 02, 2019

W Sitting

W sitting is when a child sits on their bottom with their knees bent and feet positioned outside of their hips. If you’re standing above your child, you will see their legs and body make the shape of a W. It is okay for a child to move into a W position sometimes, as long as children don’t remain seated like this for very long or use it as their regular sitting position. Click on the poster or visit this link to learn more and what you can do to help your child. 


March 27, 2019

Daycare Teacher Secrets You Can Steal – Problem: Kid Clutter

Ever wonder how daycares can stay so neat and tidy with a classroom of kids while at home it's a struggle to keep toys and books and all kinds of kid clutter in check? Here are some tips daycares use to keep things organized.

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February 26, 2019

Daycare Teacher Secrets You Can Steal – Problem: Whining & Tantrums



With so many little ones to care for at the same time, daycare teachers simply don’t have the capacity to cater to every outburst or demand. At home, your kid may refuse to go to sleep without two more stories, a glass of water, four trips to the bathroom and one last cuddle, but there’s just no way your daycare provider can do that. So, what do they do?

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January 22, 2019

Daycare Teacher Secrets You Can Steal – Problem: Transitions



Ever wonder why it seems like your child listens, plays, naps and eats well at daycare but at home things are more chaotic than you’d like? Early childhood educators (ECEs) at daycare care for children day in and day out so they’re experts at managing child care as smoothly as possible. They are an excellent resource for learning all the tips and tricks you need to help your infant, toddler or preschooler. This week we’ll give some daycare tips for managing a common parenting problem: transitions.

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January 01, 2019

One Simple Thing that Could FINALLY Fix Picky Eating



If you’ve experienced mealtime meltdowns with your kids, or tried coercing, begging, or bribing picky eaters, there may be a simple strategy to eliminate the power struggles around meals.

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November 29, 2018

Benefits of Clay Art for Preschoolers



Clay is very versatile and there are so many ways toddlers and preschoolers can play and experiment with it. Clay gives them the opportunity to be creative and learn about texture, shape and form while having lots of fun.

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October 30, 2018

How To Get Your Child Used to the Fall Time Change

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The end of daylight saving time is around the corner. As parents of young children, gaining an extra hour in the day takes on a new meaning. The pre-child days of sleeping an extra hour may be replaced by managing a tired child in a seemingly long day. You may wonder if and how this time change will impact your child’s and consequently, your sleep. Firstly, breathe easy because for most children, the adjustment period typically lasts no longer than two to three days. 

Here are some simple tips to ease you through this time and to help your child adjust to the time change.

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September 27, 2018

How to Respond to Children's Feelings for Good Mental Health

Validation of feelings is an essential component of positive mental health for both children and adults, and there is nothing more validating than someone taking the time to reflect “I hear what you are saying, you seem upset because… Let’s see how we can help”. 

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September 23, 2018

What to do When Toddlers or Preschoolers Lie



Your child has drawn all over the floor and when you ask if they did it they deny it. Or when you ask them what they did at daycare they tell you a story that just doesn’t seem plausible. How as a parent do you handle this in the best way? 

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September 06, 2018

How Busy Parents Can Find Reading Moments with Their Children

Finding time to read to your children can be hard with busy schedules, and yet it's an important part of literacy skills. Here's some easy and convenient ways to make reading a part of each day — even when it's tough to find time to sit down with a book.

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August 28, 2018

8 Ways to Get Your Kid Ready for School


Transitioning to kindergarten after preschool is a milestone for you and your child, and you can help prepare them for it. Here are a few basic skills you can go over together before they start to help them feel more confident. 

Source: Today's Parent