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Food Allergies: Breaking It Down

At Maple Lead Child Care, we care about your child’s safety, happiness, and ability to grow. For too many American children, food allergies are often a hindrance for kids to feel free and unafraid if their surroundings. For some, a minor intolerance causes daily discomfort, and for others, a serious allergy could cause some foods to become life-threatening in a matter of seconds.

2015 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control suggest 1 in 8 U.S. children suffer from food allergies each year. Plus, almost one in 5 adults develops a food allergy later in life. This is not a subject we take lightly at Maple Leaf, since safety is a top priority when it comes to the children we care for every day.

Of the nine major allergens, gluten and dairy tend to be the most common. Offering gluten and dairy-free snack options to our kids is important to keeping them safe, and we’re happy to work with you to communicate what you’re comfortable feeding your children and what they should avoid.

In the event of an allergic reaction at Maple Leaf, our trained professionals are prepared with the necessary equipment and knowledge to keep kids safe and handle the reaction in stride. We always have EpiPen and other antihistamine medications on hand in safe doses for children, and provide training on how and when to call emergency medical services or professionals for further care and help. We’re also very careful to avoid any cross-contamination in snacking and food preparation areas to prevent allergic reactions at Maple Leaf.

If your child has developed a food allergy or sensitivity, be sure to let our professionals know so we can best care for your child. We guarantee quality service and those at Maple Leaf genuinely care about the well-being of the children we watch over.

Although we’re trained to step in and help during dangerous situations and to prevent reactions, we are not the source of research or expertise when it comes to food allergens. To learn more about food allergies and their effects, you can search for related resources otn the Food and Drug Administrstion website or that of the CDC. Also be sure ask your local family physician.


Snow Days – Easy (and Cheap!) Fall-Season Crafts

Its getting a little colder outside day by day, and we’re excited to share in the fall and winter seasons with our little learners at Maple Lead Child Care! Even though we love outdoor play, exploring indoors can be an absolute blast on days when temperatures are a little too chilly to let our students outside.

Luckily, our caregivers and educators have a laundry list of fun and creative fall-season crafts for your child to enjoy while spending time at Maple Leaf. We go beyond the usual turkey-hand projects (even though it’s one of our favorites!) to allow your child to learn, try something new, and express themselves.

As the holidays inch closer, we’re thinking about all our magical friends from Frosty the Snowman to Rudolph. So why not get ahead on welcoming them back for another holiday season?!

An awesome craft to do at home or let us share with your child is then clothespin reindeer ornament. It’s an easy, 30-minute craft that you can keep and cherish for years to come. All you need are a few simple crafting supplies from a local Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, or Joann Fabrics store – or anywhere else that might have the following in stock: 

  • googly eyes
  • green ribbon
  • black and white paint markers 
  • wooden clothes pin (old fashioned, no springs)
  • brown paint 
  • red pom pom balls (preferably the smallest available
  • hot glue gun and compatible glue sticks

Once you’ve gotten these supplies together, the craft itself is simple:

paint the clothes pins on both sides with brown paint. Let dry.

Glue two clothes pins together at the base, with one pin’s ‘fingers’ pointing down, while the other point up. This creates the reindeer’s legs and antlers.

Glue Googly eyes and a Pom Pom nose on the top clothespin’s base to make your reindeer’s cute face!

On the back, glue a 4-inch piece of ribbon. Loop the ribbon so both ends are touching, and use the glue to adhere those ends to the back of the reindeer.

Use paint markers to add any details to your reindeer ornaments that you deem fit!


This is just one out of hundreds of holiday season crafts you can partake in with your child this winter. 

And when you can’t spend quality time with your little one, let us watch over and care for them at Maple Leaf Child Care. We love the children we look after every day, and are committed to helping them grow and learn and realize their true potential!


Emotional Intelligence — From Manners to Mannerisms

How much better would the world be if we were all a little better at recognizing distress, happiness, loneliness, or tendencies in others? Unfortunately, many of us lead such busy lives that taking a look around seems like more of an inconvenience than a requirement, and we often miss each other because of it.

The wonderful thing is that children pay attention to everything, and every person. Yes, that can backfire sometimes, but it’s their greatest strength in soaking in the world around them and developing their own personalities, opinions, passions, and interests with every year that passes.

Taking care of a child is about so much more than occupying, feeding, clothing, and transporting them. It’s all about sharing experiences and conversations with them, and teaching them to show interest in others.

Teaching Emotional Intelligence

To notice is often to know, and an important aspect to teaching and engaging with children as they grow up is to instill these skills in them. We can lead by example and actively teach these skills and improve ourselves at the same time, too!

Teaching kids to ‘notice’ helps with two of the five pillars of emotional intelligence: social skills and empathy. Humans are naturally sympathetic, and some have a better knack for empathy than others. Luckily, these skills can be taught to a degree. A child’s success in social circles often hinges on whether they can listen to others and recognize when others are happy, sad or otherwise.

As for other aspects of emotional intelligence—self awareness, regulation and motivation—that skill of listening can be of great importance. Oftentimes, knowing yourself is to let others know you, and receiving feedback in a positive way. Disciplined activities and an expectation of diligence and sociality can also help children develop positive qualities as they grow!

Building motivation in kids usually starts with asking questions. Posing a simple question like ‘what do you think of this?’ or ‘how do you feel about it?’ can open kids up to expressing themselves and realizing which topics and things they’re most excited, confused, or even scared about. When those questions are answered, caregivers and family alike can give kids a more direct avenue to something that makes them truly ‘light up’ and pursue. But that’s just addressing self-motivation. Motivation can also pertain to others and overlap with our social skills. As is true in the world of adults, the world of kids is very similar. It’s filled with an urgency to show affection and feel it in return, and to share memories and experiences with those around us. Regular and meaningful interaction with kids we spend time with helps them recognize what drives these social needs and see how to make the people around us happier and better-off, while also keeping an eye on our own needs and desires.

Maple Leaf Child Care wants the best for each and every child, and love spending time watching those we see every day grow up to be strong, intelligent, and kind.


Building Blocks: Teaching our kids ‘space’

An important part of raising capable, self-reliant children often comes down to how much we let them explore throughout their childhood. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always mean letting kids outside to explore. Luckily indoor fun can build the brain just as well, if not better, than a day filled with fresh air.

Exercises centered on allowing students to physically build things as a means of problem solving is important for their spacial knowledge, sequential thinking, and creativity. It’s also a form of applied learning, which only deepens a child’s understanding of math or science concepts they may have learned from a teacher, parent, or family member. It’s important we allow our children to personally engineer solutions to controlled problems on a psychological level too, because a child who feels motivated and able to solve small problems will eventually be able to face the one’s life will offer as they grow up.

It’s also been found that playing with tools and building blocks are a good way to teach your kids to fail, or that there may be more than one solution to any given problem. Those who grow up not understanding failure are more easily discouraged after an initial failure or negative experience, so this is arguably one of the most important lessons a child can learn early on.

Finally, exercises that begin with toys like building blocks tend to translate to more advanced technologies. This can lead a child to become a more savvy student when it comes to changing tech features and tools, as well as a greater willingness to incorporate changes into their lifestyle as they grow. It’s common for children exposed to technology to passively enjoy it—that is, watching shows or videos and possibly sharing them with others. But, many developmental scientists argue that encouraging children to actively use technology at their disposal to solve problems or accomplish goals will teach them higher engagement with the world around in them in the future.

And to think it could all begin with building blocks!


Winter Safety Tips

As we approach the winter season it is important to make sure we are taking every precaution to make sure our children are being kept safe and out of harms way. Please see the link posted below from the American Academy of Pediatrics with some helpful tips and ideas for the winter season.



Getting The Most Out of Parent-Teaching Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are usually short meetings, so how do you get the most out of the concise talk?


Send an e-mail to the teacher at the beginning of the school year highlighting your child’s strengths and weaknesses.


Don’t become defense if something “unflattering but true” is said. Show the teacher you are partnering to help your child succeed.

See Their Work

Ask to see your child’s work. This will allow you to see where your child is progressing and where they may need a little extra help.


Ask the teacher to explain. Anything you are confused about, speak up and ask. Remember, you are doing this to help your child, so do not feel embarrassed.


Talk to your child about the conference. Let them know what was discussed and tell them you are proud of them doing their best in school.

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Conscious Discipline

logo (1)Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive self-regulation program that integrates social-emotional learning and discipline.

Conscious Discipline is a longtime leader in the integration of classroom management with social-emotional learning, utilizing everyday events as the curriculum and addressing the adult’s emotional intelligence as well as the child’s. (more…)


Association for Early Learning Leaders

assnbanner2Formerly known as the National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP), the Association for Early Learning Leaders is the nation’s leader among associations serving child care owners, directors, and administrators. The organization’s goal is to enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of the people who lead the child care industry by providing membership services and benefits. (more…)


Committee for Children

CfClogoA nonprofit working globally to promote children’s social and academic success

“We create research-based social-emotional learning materials to help children succeed in school and in life. We are a nonprofit. And we’re helping create a world in which children can grow up to be peaceful, kind, responsible citizens. (more…)


National Association for the Education of Young

naeyc_logoThe National Association for the Education of Young Children is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

NAEYC expresses its mission in terms of three broad goals:

  • Improving professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education.
  • Supporting early childhood programs by working to achieve a high-quality system of early childhood education.
  • Building a high-performing, inclusive organization of groups and individuals who are committed to promoting excellence in early childhood education for all young children.

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