Baby Steps

Have you given much thought lately to how people learn?   Let’s look at an example:   You are trying to teach a child to button, zip and tie when getting dressed.  Three challenging tasks depending on a number of circumstances: Age Command of small motor skills Attention span Interest and motivation in achieving the

The Ying & Yang of Empowering Child Care Staff

I’m a really strong advocate of empowering child care staff members.  The more empowered your staff is, the more successful your business can be.   But empowering child care staff is a bit tricky!   You must empower enough – but not too much.   You must direct the empowerment – and contain it.  

Be All That They Can Be

As child care professionals, and teachers, our goal is to creatively craft information and experiences for our children.  We must engage them, nurture them, assist them, motivate them, applaud them, and encourage them to grow, flourish, and become all that they can be.   Tall order!  But that is our passion.  That is what we

The Value of GREAT Communication in Your Child Care Center

Communication is the: Easiest component to mess up Most difficult component to do correctly Hardest component to fix Most necessary component in order to succeed. Communication is the foundation, the walls, the ceiling, the refrigerator and the couch of every relationship. Without great communication …. you’re in trouble! We all take communication for granted. We

Employee Evaluations – Step by Step Success (Part 4 of 4)

Employee Evaluations – Step by Step Success for Child Care Directors (Part 4 of 4) Employee evaluation should be a valuable exercise for both employer and employee. Five key elements to successful employee evaluation include: Set the Expectation Evaluate Regularly Use Appropriate Communication Provide Training Exhibit a Positive Attitude This section (Part 4) will examine the final two

Employee Evaluations – Step by Step Success (Part 3 of 4)

Employee Evaluations – Step by Step Success for Child Care Directors (Part 3 of 4) Employee evaluation should be a valuable exercise for both employer and employee. Five key elements to successful employee evaluation include: Set the Expectation Evaluate Regularly Use Appropriate Communication Provide Training Exhibit a Positive Attitude This section (Part 3) will examine the third, and

Employee Evaluations – Step by Step Success (Part 2 of 4)

Employee Evaluations – Step by Step Success for Child Care Directors (Part 2 of 4) Employee evaluation should be a valuable exercise for both employer and employee. Five key elements to successful employee evaluation include: Set the Expectation Evaluate Regularly Use Appropriate Communication Provide Training Exhibit a Positive Attitude This section (Part 2) will examine the first