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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!


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.



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