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Work with your Chamber of Commerce, civic clubs, and city administration for
guests. Children will especially enjoy visits by policemen, firemen and others who talk
to them about citizenship, show films, and teach them about the things they do in the
||You can also get upperclassmen at your local colleges to visit and demonstrate
such things as drawing, working with clay, building with wood, making things out of
paper, and hundreds of other talents or skills they might be learning. The important
thing is to bring "outsiders" in to talk to the kids about what goes on in their world.
Noon to 1 o'clock is generally lunch time, and from 1 until 2 is another learning
session. During this afternoon learning session, you might offer the rudiments of
reading, writing and arithmetic. These teaching chores can be handled by college
students studying to be teachers, retired teachers, or unemployed persons with teaching
certificates. It's not so much a session to teach proficiency as a time to stimulate interest
in formal education. The basic goal of most day care centers is to instill within each
child a desire to learn more about the world in which he lives. Thus, each child should be
full of plans for "when I get to be six years old and start school, I'm going to..."
About once a week, your afternoon learning session should be a tour or a trip to
some place that might be interesting as well as educational for the children. Again,
you're making the idea of learning not only interesting, but an exciting ad venture as well.
These trips can be anything from a walk in your immediate neighborhood to
loading all the kids into cars or onto buses and taking them to the zoo. Check it out first,
but on the whole, you'll find most businesses in your area will welcome opportunities to
show the children around their offices or factories. The same thing quite naturally
applies to your city offices, fire department, police department, and radio or television
On days when you don't have a trip scheduled, your "learning session" might be a
film or program related to nature, particularly animals. The advent of the Video Cassette
Recorder has opened endless possibilities in this area. Nap time and snack time will fill a
period for younger ones, and books and quiet games will occupy older children who do
not take a nap. When the nap period is over, they're allowed to play until their parents
come by to pick them up.
Whenever possible, you should encourage the children to be outside during play
periods. If you have lots of playground equipment, you won't necessarily always have to
have organized games, but you will have to have a playground supervisor - someone
to watch the children and see that they don't get hurt as they play. You can hire part-time
help for this chore, perhaps from the local colleges, for minimum wage. If your city
ordinances do not cover the specific age requirements of a playground supervisor, you
might be able to hire students from your neighborhood high school. Select all the people
you hire relative to their affinity with children and their dependability. Be aware of
today's climate of extreme concern in protecting children in day care situations.
Your playground will require a fenced-in area. Drive around and look at the
playground equipment in the playyards of your public schools and at day care centers in
your area. You should have the basic sandboxes, swings, slides and jungle gyms but in
this area you can be creative and original, provided your equipment meets safety
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