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Spring is a beautiful and fun time of year! This is a great time to enjoy time outside with the family and engage in a variety of activities. If you are in need of some ideas for fun spring activities to do with your kids, we can help!

At Home Away From Home in Pembroke Pines, we offer a variety of child care programs that can help your child learn, develop new skills, and engage in a bunch of fun and educational activities. We wanted to give parents some fun ideas of activities to do with their kiddos this spring! Enjoy some quality time with your little one and make the most of spring with these fun activities. Read on to learn more and be sure to check out our child care programs today!

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Imaginative play, also referred to as play pretend or make-believe, is a fun form of play for kiddos. They can pretend to be an astronaut or a knight sent on a quest to slay a dragon. While this type of play is fun for young children and allows them to use their imagination, it is also extremely beneficial for a child’s development.

Home Away From Home is a child care learning center that allows children to play in a variety of ways, including imaginative play. Our child care learning center offers a variety of programs that allows your child to learn and develop in a nurturing and stimulating place. From infant care to our voluntary pre-kindergarten program, we offer a variety of child care programs that you and your kiddo will love! In this blog, we are going to talk about the benefits of imaginary play for kids. Read on to learn more and contact our child care learning center today!

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There are many fun and entertaining activities that can be beneficial for your children. From playing board games to listening to you read to interacting with other kids, your child is learning and growing every day. One activity that can be extremely beneficial to your kiddo is arts and craft projects.

Crafts are a fun way to spend time with your children or have them keep themselves entertained for a while. No matter what type of craft your children are doing, they can learn a lot and gain a lot from this simple and fun activity.

At Home Away From Home Child Care Learning Center in Pembroke Pines and Jensen Beach, we love allowing our students to do activities that are both fun and educational. We offer a variety of early childhood education programs that can help give your child the start they need in school! We are dedicated to helping your child learn, grow, and develop in a stimulating and nurturing environment.

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When your children are growing up, you buy them stuffed animals, blocks, baby books, and other toys that keep them busy. But these toys do so much more than just keep them entertained. However old you child is, having an item in their hand can help with various aspects of development, from hand-eye coordination to learning space and distance. But there are several benefits to play, and there are even different types of play that will help your son or daughter grow and learn.

At Home Away From Home in the North Miami area, we are passionate about providing a daycare center that focuses on learning and development. Here are some of the types of play that we make sure your child experiences throughout their day.

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Summer is just around the corner, so that means schools and daycares will be released for a few months. What is probably the most exciting part of the year for children of all ages, can be a stressful time for working parents who need to find a safe and nurturing place for their kids. At Home Away From Home, we want to provide a solution that will make everyone happy. At our Summer Camp, we have a variety of activities that will keep your children active, entertained, and the best part, they can continue learning. Because even though regular school classes may not be in session, learning should never stop. Here’s what you and your kids can look forward to.

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OK, we’ve made it to the fifth and final part of our collection of books which are ideal for kiddoes aged six to eight years old. We’ve covered a variety of great titles, including titles ranging from The BFG to Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Today, we have four more titles that you can enjoy with your little one. Here are some excellent reads for kids reading at about a seven-year-old reading level. (You can catch up on our last group of recommendations at Great Books to Read to Your Six-to-Eight-Year-Old Part IV).

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Here at Home Away From Home, we encourage kids to pursue literature to expand their minds. That’s why we promote reading here at our child care center. For the last few blogs, we’ve been talking about great books that your six-to-eight-year-old can enjoy. Today, we’re continuing that theme with four additional titles. Here are a few titles that you can grab at the library to read with your youngster!

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We’re back with more reading suggestions for kids aged six through eight years. We’ve covered titles ranging from The True Story of the Three Little Pigs to The BFG. Today, for our daycare blog, we’re continuing that theme with a few more children’s classics. Read on!

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Welcome back to Part II of our Great Books to Read to Your Six-to-Eight-Year-Old series! In our last blog, we’d talked about Encyclopedia Brown and The BFG, two classics that are sure to become favorites for your kiddo. Today, we’re continuing our daycare blog with a few more titles to add to your bookshelf. Share these books with your six-to-eight-year-old kiddo!

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Reading is a special activity that you can share with your child. As an infant turns into a tot, you can read to your young one, helping them as they begin to grasp the concept of language. Then, as your tot turns into a kiddo, it’s their turn to read to you. Finally, your kiddo has grown into a big kid, and she can read books with chapters. Some of the books don’t even have pictures! … or maybe just a few. Around the age of seven, kids start picking up books with some real material, and they can grasp more complex subjects. For instance, your kiddo might be able to solve a mystery or two in the Encyclopedia Brown series.

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Halloween is in the air! With every sweet-tooth’s favorite holiday right around the corner, now is the time to buy a big bucket of candy, sew up a pirate uniform and a princess gown for your kids, and prepare for trick-or-treaters. It’s also a special time to share your favorite holiday books with your little ones. If you’re searching for some excellent books to share with your children this Halloween, you’ve come to the right place. Here are two of our favorites here at Home Away From Home, your Florida daycare center:

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Welcome back! If you’ve been keeping up with our daycare center’s blog feed, you’re well aware that we’re offering up a catalog of some of the best books that you can share with your child. Today, we’re continuing that theme with further books that you can fill your shelves with. Let’s dig into Part IV of our series of books that you can read with your three- to five-year-old child!

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Reading is one of the best pastimes you can share with your child. When you read together, you learn together. You share precious moments, laughter, and memories. There’s so much value in reading! That’s why we’ve dedicated our last few daycare center blogs to great book recommendations. Today, we’re continuing that theme with further recommendations. These books are ideal to read with your three-to-five-year-old child!

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We’re back! In a recent blog, we began our daycare center’s book suggestion series, starting with books that are excellent to share with your three-to-five-year-old child. We mentioned two classic books that are perfect for early readers and they’re great as bedtime stories: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, and, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, JR. & John Archambault. Today, we’re continuing that theme by offering up a couple more suggestions that you can check out at the library!

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At Home Away From Home, we pride ourselves on providing you and your child with exceptional care. We offer child care at seven different locations. Each of those locations provides a fun, safe, and secure environment. In fact, we are one of the safest pre-schools in the area! That isn’t the only benefit of our schools; we also offer Montessori Curriculum for children ages three to five at our Palm Beach Gardens location. You may have already heard about the Montessori program in passing, but you may be wondering: “What is it, exactly?” Keep reading to find out!

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Children typically begin to develop the skills necessary for reading between the ages of three and five. During this crucial period, it’s helpful to read books to your children to begin to familiarize them with words, numbers, symbols, and pictures. That’s why storytime is so important during your child’s stay at our daycare center. If your child is between three years old and five years old, it’s the perfect time to begin reading together. Give your tyke a head start in the literary world by reading through simple books full of vibrant pictures. As you read, guide your child by describing characters in the story, the scenery, or objects in pictures. Reading is a great activity just before bedtime, as it’s calming and soothing for your child. If you have a young child in the three-to-five age range, consider picking up these books:

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With technology booming around the globe, it’s imperative to get kids involved with the technological revolution. Here at Home Away From Home of Florida, we incorporate technology throughout our daycare centers. We strive to provide kids with the opportunity to learn through technology and the opportunity to utilize technology that they will encounter throughout their lifetimes.

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Here at Home Away From Home, we strive to cater to all sorts of schooling needs for much of the population throughout Florida. We have daycare facilities in Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Springs, Wellington, West Palm Beach, Royal Palm Beach, and Boynton Beach, Florida. Throughout our daycare facilities, we provide a number of schooling and care options for children of various ages, including all of the following (feel free to click the individual links to learn more):

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Are you a busy parent? Well you certainly aren’t alone! Our aftercare program gives you the freedom to regain some of your afternoons, and at the same time it can aid in enriching your child’s life. We provide after-school pickup and daycare so that you can get a couple more hours to spend time working, running errands, or time just for yourself. We provide elementary school pickup for several locations throughout Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach (Village Commons), Palm Springs, Royal Palm Beach, and Wellington. We’ll pick up your child directly after school and bring them to our daycare center! There, we provide the following:

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Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and that means it’s the time of year to be especially thankful. Here at Home Away From Home, we think that thankfulness is an excellent value and a great way to show gratitude. At our daycare center, we try to be thankful when we share toys. We are thankful when we receive meals. We appreciate learning. That’s why we want to share some ideas for fostering thankfulness in today’s blog! Here are a few ways you can aid your kiddos in learning to practice thankfulness:

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At Home Away From Home we offer an amazing summer camp program for your little ones ages five to ten. We will keep your kiddos happy, entertained, and busy all summer long with field trips at least three days a week to exciting places like water parks, zoos, and themed parties!

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Fall is here! September 23rd marks the first day of fall, which prompts us to provide ideas for autumnal activities to do with your kiddoes! Here’s a list of fall-tivities you can try on after you pick up your kids from our daycare center:

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If you’re about to drop your child off at Home Away From Home for the first time, you might find that your child is nervous and scared. That’s completely normal! Lots of children get anxious going to a new place. That’s why we’ve accumulated a checklist you might want to go through to prepare your child for his or her first day at our care center!

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Are you looking to wrangle the kids up and get them outdoors? Enroll your kids in our summer camp program, or try out some variations on tag at home! These tag games will keep the tykes entertained for hours:

  • Reverse tag – Turn the rules around! If you’re it then you’re being chased by everyone else! The person to tag you is the next person to be it!
  • Hospital tag – Got tagged in the arm? Well now it’s useless! Run around ‘armless’ or hop around ‘legless’ until another player heals you! Once whoever’s it has tagged everyone to the point that they can’t run, the games over!
  • Freeze tag – A classic! Get tagged, and your frozen. But you can be revived by a teammate. Consider having two or more people who are it in big games.
  • TV tag – If you’re likely to get tagged, sit and shout a television character. Then you’re safe for the next ten seconds! Play with movies, cartoons, toy names, dinosaurs, farm animals, you name...
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Our mission at Home Away From Home, your trusted Palm Beach Gardens FL daycare center, is to encourage each child so he/she may learn and grow best in an environment that is safe, clean, warm, positive and responsive. Good childcare is a must for any working mother, but if you’re worried about putting your child in daycare, take heed. A well run, quality daycare program can give you the reliable childcare you need and also be good for your child’s health – and yours as well.

Here are some benefits of daycare:

  • Less emotional problems. Kids in daycare whose mothers are depressed are less likely to have their own emotional problems, separation anxiety and social withdrawal symptoms than those who are with their moms or an individual caregiver.
  • An opportunity to grow. A quality daycare program can spell success in the future – especially places where the teachers know how to handle behavioral problems and where kids are given enough learning and socialization opportunities, stimulation, and affection.
  • Your child will likely have a bigger brain....
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After the birth of your child, they are continually changing and developing. As soon as life outside the womb starts, the child starts taking in information, starts making connections and more! The early years in a child’s life are formative for what they will know, how they will grow and how they will develop. In addition to feeding, changing and making sure your baby is getting the amount of rest they need for good development, it’s helpful to know where they are at in their development. While this isn’t a perfect one-size-fits-all-babies, it is a list of guidelines to know what to expect from your baby and better understand their development.

Physical:

During this short three months, babies go from no coordination to being able to raise their head and chest when lying on their stomach, stretching, kicking when they are on their backs. grasping toys by opening and closing their hands is also a big physical skill. They can start bringing their hand to their mouth.

Social Skills:

While infants don’t have the ability to...

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Looking for a daycare center for your kids can be stressful. How do you know the facility is going to live up to your expectations? Your kids are irreplaceable, and you want the best possible care for them when you aren’t there for them. Here are eight signs of a good daycare.

  1. The staff and administration has open communication with parents.
  2. You hear from others about the daycare center and they come highly recommended.
  3. When you walk through the facility, you see that it’s clean and well organized.
  4. Staff knows how to handle behavioral issues, this can be observed during your walk through. You can also ask about how they handle a kid acting up to see if it matches with your strategy and philosophy about how kids should be treated.
  5. They have a schedule for the kids. It’s beneficial for kids to have routine and know what to expect.
  6. They keep up to date with the center’s licences and training for their staff.
  7. The teacher-to-student ratios are at or around the regulated standards.
  8. The daycare teachers work with kids...
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