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Staying Healthy This Holiday Season

In classrooms, homes, and child care centers alike, illness can easily spread during the winter months. As temperatures drop, our bodies are more vulnerable to thriving viruses and bacteria traveling in the air, and flu season is officially upon us.

If you haven’t gotten a vaccination appointment set up for your child at this point in the season, it’s important to do so before they get sick. It often takes a vaccination two weeks to fully develop antibodies in your child’s system, helping them to fight off any virus or bacteria they come in contact with. If contact is made before the antibodies form, your child will most likely get sick without proper prevention or disinfectant cleaning.

At Maple Leaf Child Care, the health and well-being of your child is of the utmost importance to us. We go above and beyond to make sure that when your child is in our care, they’re playing, eating, and learning in a clean environment, and receive the best care our abilities and training can offer when they don’t feel well.

Part of keeping kids healthy through the holidays is keeping them warm, fed, and hydrated. At Maple Leaf, we prioritize balanced meals and snacks high in protein and low in sugar, to best allow your child to develop and succeed. Plus, playing outside as temperatures drop requires more layers and the right gear for your child to socialize and get their energy out while also staying warm safe during that time. If a child does not come to us with proper attire with which to play outside, we’ll do our best to find something useful or them to wear. Otherwise, we may decide to keep your child inside for safety.

Indoors, regular sanitation is key to avoiding sickness from spreading around Maple Leaf Childcare Center. Our professionals and child care experts clean surfaces, toys, nap time, an meap preparation stations religiously to assure safety each and every day. If your child is sneezing, coughing, or otherwise showing a symptom of sickness, we’ll alert you as soon as possible and do our best to mitigate these symptoms and keep them comfortable throughout the day.

Of course, the best way to be sure that other children do not get sick this holiday season, please make it clear that your child is experiencing an illness or symptoms of an illness as soon as you notice them at home. Depending on the situation, it may be best to keep your child at home while sicknesses subside.

Contact Maple Leaf Child Care with any questions or concerns you may have about our offerings and services.

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A History of Santa Claus

No matter what holiday you and your family are observing this holiday season, the story of Santa Claus is often near and dear to our hearts in the U.S. There are plenty of stories out there to tell us what happens on Christmas Eve and the magic elves who help Santa bring gifts to children across the globe, but rarely do we give attention about old Saint Nicholas’ rich history.

We call him Santa Claus, but the Dutch call him Sint Nikolaas, and it was this group of settlers who originally introduced the traditions associated with Santa’s story to North America. They’re responsible for our modern vision of Santa Claus, dressed in red and white furs with his signature hat on his head. They also included the original eight reindeer and Rudolph, red nose and all, in their tradition, as well as the common stocking tradition, where gifts are placed on December 24th after Santa enters homes through the chimney. Santa’s home has always been located at the North Pole, according to even the oldest accounts of Santa Claus.

These settlers spent years forming and handing down the oral tradition of Santa Claus from generation to generation, incorporating multiple religious traditions and variation from the English, German, Scandinavian, and Dutch speakers who told it. And in 1823, Clement C. Moore wrote a poem accompanied by one fo the most famous photos of old St. Nick. It was a poem Moore wrote to tell his children the history and tradition of Santa Claus.

No matter where we come from, most kids are familiar with and adore the idea of Santa Claus. After all, he’s a figure that brings community together and fosters an attitude of giving during the holiday season. We at Maple Leaf Child Care love the idea of instilling generous habits in the kids we’re so lucky to spend time with every day.

And if the holidays are a busy time, give us a call. Our years of experience in Child Care and professional reputation make us a great option for Colorado parents.

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