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Seeking Child Care Tips

Friday, November 29th, 2013

When you are on the hunt for trustworthy childcare, there are a few key steps to take to make sure you find the right caregiver:

Define what type of childcare you are looking for. There are a variety of different types of childcare. For example, you may just need the occasional babysitter or you may want to put your child into a regular daycare setting. If you do want to put your child into daycare, you’ll need to decide whether you want a small private daycare in the home of a caregiver or a larger daycare center.

Do some research on childcare providers in your area. The best place to turn in order to do this research is the Internet. Using appropriate sources on the Internet can provide you with a list of qualified and licensed childcare providers within your area. You can limit your search to the type of care providers that you want and you can find providers that are licensed or approved to operate care centers in your geographic region.

Make a list of care providers that seem to meet your needs. Remember, think about what type of facility or services are being offered as you make your list.

Interview care providers. You can have a discussion with them about the type of care that they are going to provide to your children and about the environment in which they will provide the care. For example, some babysitters may come to your home while other babysitters will require you to bring your child to them. As far as daycare centers, you’ll want to be sure they have a safe place for your kids to play and for your kids to rest. You will also want to find out how the caregiver will care for your child if he or she gets sick, and what types of activities the caregiver will be doing with your child.

Check references. This is very important to make sure that the caregiver is trustworthy and will provide the type of care that you expect for your child.

Child Care And Nutrition

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Malnourishment, during the early years (within three years of age) of a child’s could retard the rate of mental and physical development. This cannot be made up for when the child is older, it will affect the rest of the child’s life. Children have a right to caring, protective environment, nutritious diet and basic health care to promote growth and development and prevent them from illness.

Malnutrition in children is not caused by food intake alone, but it is also influenced by access to health services, quality of care for the child and pregnant mothers, as well as good hygiene practices.

Malnutrition, just like malnourishment has a long term effects because it impedes motor, sensory, cognitive, social and emotional development. Malnourished children are less likely to perform well in school and are at greater risk of diseases and early death. About one-third of all adult women are underweight resulting from early childhood malnutrition.

Malnutrition in children is also function of mothers. Malnutrition and improper care of the mothers especially during the early stage of pregnancy have a drastic quota to contribute towards child malnutrition. This can result in low-birth-weight. Nearly 30% of all newborns have a low birth weight making them more vulnerable to further malnutrition and diseases.

Feeding is a vital aspect of caring for infants and young children. Appropriate feeding practices stimulate bonding with the caregiver and psychosocial development. It leads to improved nutrition and physical growth, reduced susceptibility to childhood infections and better resistance to cope with them. Improved health outcomes in children have long-lasting health effects, including increased performance and productivity, and reduced risk of certain non-communicable diseases.

Cleanliness of children’s environment, proper care of children, pregnant and nursing mothers, intake of safe and clean water, as well as balanced diet in the right proportion promote healthy growth in children and happy adulthood. Remember good nutrition provides more than energy structural components, vitamins and minerals.

Foods very rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals like calcium, zinc, phosphorus, iodine, iron remain very vital in children’s diet for healthy growth.

Breastfeeding mothers should hence be counselled on the right breastfeeding practices and the importance of providing colostrum within the first half hour after birth, and be advised about other questions they may have about their newborns or postpartum period. Protect children from diseases through promotion of clear guidelines about proper feeding practices and its benefits of immunity. Exclusive breastfeeding during the first six months of a child’s life, with appropriate complementary feeding from six months, and continued breastfeeding for more than one year with foods rich in micronutrients and vitamins is very essential.

It’s noteworthy that, children are God’s gracious gifts meant to be their parents’ pride and future leaders. They have right to a healthy living. Be concerned!!!