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Children love it when summer finally rolls around due to the fact that they no longer have to go to school — at least for the next three months. However, most parents have a love/hate relationship with summer vacation, especially if both parents work a full-time job. In today’s post, we will give you a few tips on how to keep your kids entertained during the upcoming summer vacation.

Having trouble finding a way to keep your kid entertained while you’re at work? Then Valley Child Care & Learning Centers has a solution. With 10 locations throughout Phoenix, we make it easy to find affordable early childhood education. We offer a diverse curriculum and many opportunities for your little one to explore, learn, and grow. Browse our website to learn more, and give us a call to schedule a tour today!

Go Camping in the Backyard!

While your child’s schedule may be free and clear for the next few months, as a working parent, you have to work around a busy schedule. Unfortunately, you may not have the bandwidth to head into the woods for a week-long camping trip, but what you can do is traverse the wilderness of your own backyard! Camping is always a fun summertime activity, and if you have the space, then your backyard will easily make an ideal campsite. All you have to do is set up a tent and a couple of sleeping bags, and you will be good to go. Instead of having dinner inside and sleeping in the tent, you can extend the experience by cooking your meal over a fire just like you would if you were in the woods. Camping in the backyard will allow you to experience all of the benefits of camping in the wilderness with the added bonus of not having to take time off to travel!

Schedule Play Dates

Trying to find creative ways to entertain your little one during the summer is no easy feat, and sometimes, the easiest solution involves no creativity at all. If you’re tired of trying to find ways to entertain your little one, then why not call the parents of their friends and set up a play date? A play date is a great way to get out of the house and have some fun, without the added stress of trying to find something for your kids to do. Have everyone meet at a local park where all of the children can run around on the playground! Play dates allow the kids to entertain each other while the adults can have some much-needed adult interaction — it’s a win-win!

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For working parents, it’s even more difficult to find ways to keep your kids occupied during the summer months. If you’re struggling to find affordable solutions, then look no further than Valley Child Care & Learning Centers. Our early childhood education programs run all summer long, allowing you to rest easy knowing that your little one is in good hands and staying out of trouble. We strive to provide children with opportunities to grow and learn through exploration and imagination. If you have any questions about our early childhood education curriculum, or you would like to schedule a tour, then contact one of Valley Child Care & Learning Centers’ 10 locations throughout Phoenix.

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Now that spring has officially arrived and the weather is finally starting to get warmer, it’s time to start encouraging your little ones to go outside and play. You may think that going outside after being cooped up all winter long would be appealing, but when there are snacks, video games, and television indoors, children may be hesitant to go outside and play. In today’s post, we will give you a few helpful tips and tricks that will encourage your little ones to go outside.

At Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, we are always looking for new ways to challenge our students through learning and exploration. We believe that a strong early childhood education is a great way to encourage a life of learning and prepare your little ones for the future. We offer a curriculum that is designed with your child’s learning abilities in mind, and we work hard to provide them with many opportunities to learn and grow. Find out more about our program, and schedule a tour at one of 10 locations throughout Phoenix.

Be a Role Model

It’s no surprise that children model most of their behavior after their parents, from brushing their teeth and choosing their clothes to eating habits. If you’re struggling to get your little one to go outside and play, then you may want to take a look at your own actions. When was the last time you went outside for pleasure? How do you use your free time? If most of your free time is spent indoors in front of a screen, then you may be the reason your child isn’t going outside. Instead of getting frustrated over their behavior, take it upon yourself to be a good role model. Make the decision to take a walk outside and invite your little one to come along. Ask them if they want to go with you to the park, or ask for their assistance on an outdoor project! The activity doesn’t matter as much as getting outside and spending time together.

Plant Some Flowers

Planting flowers and tending to your garden is a common spring activity, and many gardeners spend much of their weekend preparing their garden for summer. If you are someone who enjoys gardening, or even just cleaning up the yard, then why not encourage your little one to give you a hand? There are many benefits to asking your child to help you in the garden, in addition to getting them to come outside for a few hours. For example, planting seeds, watering and caring for them, and watching them grow, will help your little one learn more about life and responsibility. Your kiddo may even feel a sense of pride for helping a flower boom.

Organize an Outdoor Play Date

Sometimes it can be extremely difficult to persuade your little one into going outside, especially if they use the fact that their friends get to stay indoors and play as an excuse. If you’re having trouble convincing your kiddo that time spent outdoors is good for them, then planning an outdoor play date with all of their friends may be a good solution!

Talk to the parents of your child’s friends and invite everyone to a local park for the afternoon. The children can run around and play on the playground equipment, and you can finish out the afternoon with a picnic lunch or dinner.

Make Nightly Walks a Part of Your Routine

If you try to encourage your little one to go outside out of the blue, then they may be more hesitant to follow through. The key to getting your kiddo to enjoy playing outside is to make it a habit. The best way to do this, and to get everyone involved, is to make nightly walks after dinner a part of your routine. Once you’ve all finished dinner and cleaned the dishes, head outside for some fresh air. Walk around your neighborhood and enjoy the fresh air before you head home and get ready for bed. If you’re still having trouble convincing your kiddo, then give them the option of bringing a bike or a scooter on the walk to make it more fun!

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Exploration and imagination are a large part of our early childhood education program at Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, and a lot can be learned from the outdoors. If you would like to learn more about our programs, or you have questions about our policies, contact Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, and schedule a tour of one of our 10 locations today!

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Easter will be here before you know it, and your little ones are probably excited to see what the Easter Bunny has in store this year. Easter is a time for celebration with friends and family members, dressing up in your favorite pastel colors, and participating in fun activities! In today’s post, we will provide you with a few suggestions of new family traditions you can begin this year that your kiddos will love!

At Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, we believe that spending time with family is an important part of childhood, and we work hard to provide your little one with the early childhood education they need to continue growing when they are in the classroom. We offer affordable day care services to residents of Phoenix and the surrounding area. If you are interested in learning more about our curriculum, or you would like to take a tour of one of our 10 locations, contact Valley Child Care & Learning Centers to get started!

Decorate Easter Eggs!

Decorating Easter eggs is a time-honored tradition, and it’s a great way to spend time together as a family. The great thing about decorating eggs is that you can make this activity as creative as you want! If you’re worried about your little ones making a mess while they try to dye their eggs, you can always dye them yourself beforehand, and then provide your kiddos with stickers and markers to create their Easter masterpiece. If you have young children who may drop or crack the hardboiled eggs, try using plastic eggs that you decorate with stickers, or assist them with using a hot glue gun to glue googly eyes and other fun features onto their egg.

Another way to make Easter egg decorating even more fun is to turn it into a contest! This is a great way to get older children involved in the process so that everyone is involved. Your family will have a great time coming up with unique categories and designs, and at the end, you will have a wonderful collection of festive Easter eggs.

Start the Morning With Breakfast

Most children wake up early on Easter morning filled with excitement to see what the Easter Bunny left behind. It may be a challenge, but one way you can delay the inevitable sugar rush is to start the morning with Easter breakfast. You can prepare a breakfast casserole the night before, or you can wake up early and cook some eggs, bacon, and toast. Then, once everyone is awake, sit down and enjoy a meal together before you start searching for Easter eggs and baskets. This is a great way to start the morning slow and spend some time together as a family before all of the Easter festivities.

Hide the Easter Baskets

Instead of just giving your children their Easter baskets, why not turn it into a game? Once your children are fast asleep the night before Easter, go around the house and hide their Easter baskets so that it takes them longer to find them. Not only will this delay the gratification of finding out what the Easter Bunny brought them, but it may also help you have a nice breakfast without their baskets staring at them while they eat.

As your kiddos get older, you can make it harder to find their baskets, or you can make it a more difficult challenge by hiding each item in their basket individually.

Easter Egg Hunt

Your children are never too old or too young to enjoy an Easter egg hunt! The great thing about this classic tradition is that you can tailor your hunt to each age level. If your family is filled with young toddlers, you can hide eggs in your yard or in the house. For older children, you can make the challenge more difficult and put more age-appropriate things inside the eggs, such as a dollar or two, or even a small toy — although, everyone loves finding a little extra candy inside of their plastic egg.

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Exploration and imagination is a large part of what we do at Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, whether that’s trying new things and making new traditions at home, or learning in our classroom. Our highly trained team works hard day after day to challenge your child and provide them with an early childhood education that will help them succeed later in life. If you are interested in learning more, contact one of our 10 locations in Phoenix to schedule a tour.

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Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance. As a parent, you do everything you can to protect your child from dangerous situations. However, there may be times when you can’t give them the protection they need. In these situations, it’s vital that you prepare your child so that they know how to react.

At Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, we do everything that we can to protect your child while they are in our care. All of our staff is trained in the latest techniques of first-aid, and we have a thorough screening process to ensure that we hire the very best people. If you have any questions about our safety and security policies, check them out on our website, or give us a call to learn more. In the meantime, continue reading below to see what four child safety tips you should make sure your child knows.

Tip #1: Learn Your Contact Information

In today’s society, most people rely on their cell phones to store all of the names, phone numbers, and addresses they need. However, most children don’t carry cell phones with them, therefore it’s important that you make sure they have your name, home address and phone number memorized. In fact, this important information should be one of the first things your child learns, as you never know when it may come in handy. As much as you hope your child will never need to relay their home address and phone number in an emergency situation, it’s better to be safe than sorry and make sure that they are prepared.

Tip #2: Know the Difference Between Good and Bad Strangers

As children, “stranger danger” becomes one of the most important lessons that we learn, but you will also want to help your child know the difference between bad and good strangers. Everyone is technically a stranger until you meet them, but you wouldn’t want your child to grow up being afraid to meet new people, especially if you know they are harmless.

Instead, make sure your little one understands that bad strangers are people who may want to hurt them, or may try to lure your child away or into a vehicle. Good strangers, on the other hand, include friendly neighbors, their friends’ parents, or people they meet while they are with mommy and daddy.

Tip #3: Pay Attention to Your Allergies

When you think of safety tips that your child should know, it’s common to think about strangers and contact information, but allergy information can be just as important as the previous two tips. If your child has severe allergies to things like peanuts, animals, or medicines, then it’s important that they know what they are allergic to, and how to care for it. Additionally, if your child is allergic to something edible, then it’s a good idea to have them get into the habit of asking what is in a particular food item before they put it in their mouth. You will also want to teach them about the importance of an EpiPen®, should they need to carry one.

Tip #4: No One Is Allowed to Touch Your Body

One of the most important safety lessons your child should learn is that nobody is allowed to touch their body. Many children don’t understand that touching another child’s body is wrong — they are simply curious. However, curiosity can lead to other things that the other child, or your child, may not like. Teach them early on that it is not okay to let anyone else touch their body, even if it’s an adult. You should encourage your little one to come to you if someone does touch their body, even if they are embarrassed.

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At Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, child safety is our number one priority. We strive to care for your child as we would our own, and that includes their safety and security while they are in our early learning facility. If you have any questions about our policies, or you would like to learn more about our curriculum, contact one of our 10 locations in Phoenix to get started.

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For most people, going to bed at night is the highlight of their day. There’s nothing better than crawling under the covers and finally relaxing after a long day at work. However, if you’re a parent, then bedtime may be your least favorite time of the day because your children refuse to sleep.

Being a parent is difficult enough on its own without having to struggle to find a quality infant or day care center for your little one. Luckily, if you live in Phoenix, then Valley Child Care & Learning Centers is here to help! We offer the high-quality early childhood education that you’re looking for, and our child care providers work hard to challenge your child in a fun learning environment. We offer infant, child, and preschool learning experience, as well as before- and after-school care. Would you like to learn more? Contact Valley Child Care & Learning Centers today to schedule a tour! In the meantime, continue reading below for a few tips that will help make nap time and bedtime a little easier.

Know How Much Sleep They Need

Both too much sleep and too little sleep can result in a child who is cranky and fussy come bedtime. If your child is not getting enough sleep, their bad behavior and defiance may be because they are overtired, whereas if they sleep too much, it may be due to the fact that they aren’t tired yet and simply don’t need to go to bed.

Adults need approximately seven to eight hours of sleep each night, and it’s relatively easy for us to get the quality sleep that we need. However, children will need 12 to 14 hours of sleep if they are between the ages of 1 and 3, or they may need even more if they are younger. Knowing how much sleep your child needs to function and develop a healthy brain will allow you to schedule the right amount of naps throughout the day, and come up with a plan to help them get to bed at the right time each night.

At Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, we understand that napping is an essential part of early childhood development. For this reason, nap time is a part of our daily routine. If you have any questions, be sure to contact one of our 10 locations!

Make Bedtime a Routine

Kids thrive on a schedule, and the best way to avoid future battles over bedtime is to make it a routine. Instead of putting your kids to bed at different times each night, try to make each night the same as the last. For example, if your child goes to bed at 8 p.m., start having them get ready at 7 or 7:30, depending on whether or not they take a bath each night. This will help give your children a schedule that they can count on, and with time, you may even find that your kiddos start to get tired around the time that they usually go to bed.

Avoid Electronics

There are many reasons why your child should limit their time spent using electronic devices, and one of those reasons is that it can affect how easily they get to sleep. Watching TV or playing on a tablet right before bed can make your child feel more awake instead of helping their brain start to relax. Screens emit blue light, which can interfere with sleep patterns, making it more difficult for your little one to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Instead of letting your child watch TV or play video games up until it’s time to begin their nightly routine, give them a certain time where they have to stop screen time and read a book or play a board game. At first, you may experience some push-back, but with enough time, your children will get used to the new routine and start to have an easier time going to bed at night.

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Finally nailing down a bedtime routine can be difficult, but at Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, you can count on our expert child care providers to give you advice on how to make the process a little easier. In addition to offering a quality early childhood education and extracurricular activities, we also make sure children are well-rested and fed throughout the day so that you never have anything to worry about. If you have any questions about our early childhood education programs, or you would like to learn more about our nutrition and safety policies, contact one of Valley Child Care & Learning Centers’ 10 locations in Phoenix, and schedule a tour today!

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Most parents would love to stay home and watch their children grow up. Unfortunately, that’s not always an option, and sooner rather than later, you may have to start looking into preschool and day care. As a parent, you want to find the best preschool or day center at an affordable cost, and if you live in Phoenix, finding the perfect fit for your little one has never been easier.

At Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, we not only offer high-quality preschool learning programs, but we also offer our extensive curriculums at a price that you can’t afford to pass up! When you enroll your child in our program, you will provide them with the opportunity to grow, learn, and explore many new things. Browse our website to learn more, and continue reading below for a few tips you should keep in mind when you start your search for the perfect preschool.

Start Sooner Rather Than Later

When it comes to enrolling your child in preschool, it’s better to enroll sooner rather than later. There are many benefits associated with getting your child involved in a school environment at an early age, including better social skills, and improved cognitive development. As much as you may miss having time with your little one during the day, you also have to think about all of the skills they may miss out on developing if you decide to enroll a year or two from now.

Look Into Extra Curriculars

Extra curriculars are often associated with sports, drama, or art classes that kids can take at an older age. However, many early learning centers, including Valley Child Care and Learning Center, offer programs that help encourage social skills, movement, and more! At a young age, most children are still trying to figure out what activities they do or do not like, and trying different activities like yoga, music, and art, allow your little one to explore new activities and figure out what they are interested in. As you begin your preschool search, be sure to ask about the activities the school offers to determine whether or not it will be a good fit for your child.

Determine If Your Child Is Ready

As we mentioned earlier, it’s best to enroll your child in preschool sooner rather than later, but you also need to determine whether or not they are ready for the transition. Typically, children start preschool when they are 3 or 4 years old, but not every child is developmentally ready to begin attending school when they reach the age of 3. Many preschools have a list of qualifications that need to be met before they will accept a child into their school. For example, most preschools require that your child is potty trained, that they can play well with others, they communicate efficiently, and more.

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When it comes time to find a high-quality preschool learning center in Phoenix, look no further than Valley Child Care & Learning Centers! We offer child care for infants all the way through kindergarten. Our curriculum is designed to challenge your child while also encouraging them to try new things. Learn more about our preschool learning center on our website, and contact Valley Child Care & Learning Centers to schedule a tour of one of our 10 locations!

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Mealtimes are a great time to get together with the family, discuss your day, and enjoy a delicious meal. However, quality time with the family can easily become disrupted if you have a picky eater on your hand. As a parent, you want your child to get all of the nutrients they need to grow big and strong, but that’s not always possible if they are turning their nose up at whatever you give them. Picky eaters can be frustrating, especially if you find yourself making more than one dish every time you try to cook a meal. In today’s post, we will give you a few tips on what you can do if you have a picky eater on your hands.

At Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, we take nutrition very seriously. We believe that no child should have to go without food, which is why we offer a free breakfast, lunch, and two snacks throughout the day. You could say we know a thing or two about picky eaters, and we are more than willing to work with you to find foods that your little one will love. Learn more about our nutrition policy, and enroll your child in our early childhood education programs today!

Respect Their Appetite

Young children are not capable of eating the same amount of food as an adult, or even their older siblings, and you may be worried about how much food your little one is, or isn’t, eating. Instead of trying to force them to eat more food, or punish them by making them sit at the table until they eat more, respect that your child might not be hungry. Many parents try to force their children to eat food when they simply don’t want to, and this can reinforce a bad relationship with eating down the road. By forcing your child to consume more than they are able, you may make them feel anxious or frustrated with mealtimes, and they may start to ignore their fullness and hunger cues because of the negative association.

It’s understandable that you want to get your little one used to the idea of sitting at the table for mealtimes, but instead of forcing them to eat, maybe just have them sit at the table. You can place a small portion of food in front of them, but give your kiddo the choice of whether or not they want to eat it. This way, they will have the option to eat, but they won’t feel forced, and you will be able to start the routine of eating meals at the table.

Have Your Kids Help You Shop

Your kiddos will be more likely to want to eat whatever is put in front of them if they are a part of the process. Many parents with picky eaters will find themselves making one or two different options for every meal just to appease their children. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if you only had to make one meal for everyone? Next time you go to the grocery store, or plan your meals for the week, involve your picky eater. Have them come up with a few ideas for things they would like to eat for the week so that you have the ingredients on hand. When it comes time to make dinner or lunch, ask your little one if they want to help. If they are involved with the process of making the meal and choosing what they want to eat, then there is a greater chance that they will actually consume the food.

Start With Small Tastes

Typically, picky eaters have a few select foods that they are willing to eat on a regular basis, and as a parent, you may be anxious to encourage them to try new things. It can be frustrating when there are so many delicious foods available, and your little one will only eat one or two, but you have to keep in mind that you can’t force them to try new things. If you want to try and open your kiddo up to new things, then you will need to start small. You want them to try new things on their own, so present your child with small tastes of new foods. Trying to force your little one to try new things will only make them want to try it less. Instead, give them a few different options of food, and let them decide what they do or do not like. If they try some of the foods and they don’t like them, then it’s okay — just remember, their taste buds will change as they get older.

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Valley Child Care & Learning Centers has 10 locations throughout Phoenix, making it easier than ever to find the high-quality early childhood education that your little one deserves. When you enroll your child in one of our programs, you can rest assured that they are in good hands. In addition to curriculums that are designed based on the needs of your child, we also hold nutrition and safety in high regard. Browse our website to learn more about everything that we offer, and contact a Valley Child Care & Learning Centers location near you to enroll today!

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking of ways to celebrate with your little ones. It’s important to spend the day of love with those who you love most, and in today’s post, we’ll provide you with four ideas that are sure to help you plan a special day that your kiddos will love.

At Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, we love finding new ways for children to learn, grow, and use their imaginations. We offer a variety of programs, including toddler, infant, and preschool learning programs. Each curriculum is designed to challenge your little one and encourage early childhood development. If you have any questions, or you would like to schedule a tour of one of our 10 locations, contact Valley Child Care & Learning Centers today!

Make Cute Decorations

You can never have too many red, pink, and white hearts on Valentine’s Day, and if you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, then why not make some cute decorations with your kiddo? Making paper hearts is simple, and all you need are some scissors and colorful construction paper. Not only will making decorations be a great way for you to bond and spend time together, but your little one will love cutting out hearts and decorating your home.

Have a Special Treat

All special events and holidays deserve to be celebrated with a special treat. This Valentine’s Day, you and your kiddos can go on a date for some hot chocolate, or perhaps you wake them up in the morning with some heart-shaped French toast! If you decide that you want to make a treat during the day that you can all enjoy after dinner, then it might be fun if you and your little ones team up and make it together.

Snuggle Up for Family Movie Night

If you and your partner work during the day, and your little one is at school, it might be difficult to find time to celebrate Valentine’s Day during the day. However, that doesn’t mean that the fun is ruined. Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating with the people you love, and there’s no better way to spend time with the people you care about than snuggling up together on the couch for a movie. Pop some popcorn, curl up under a blanket, play your favorite movie, and end the day together as a family.

Craft Adorable Valentines

Anyone can go to the store and buy a Valentine’s Day card, but the sentiment means so much more when it’s crafted by hand. This year instead of buying cards from the store, you can sit down with your little one and make valentines together by hand! You can do this the day of, or on one of the days leading up to February 14. Either way, anyone who receives one of your valentines is sure to appreciate all of the work that went into it, and you’ll also teach your little one the value of effort in the process.

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These are just a few ideas of ways that you can celebrate Valentine’s Day with your children this year. At Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, we are more than happy to provide you with the high-quality child care that you need. Our programs are designed to provide children with ample opportunities to grow and learn, whether it’s through our infant, toddler, or preschool learning curriculums! Browse our website to learn more, and contact one of Valley Child Care & Learning Centers’ 10 locations in Phoenix today!

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There’s one day a year that your child looks forward to more than most, and we bet you can guess what it is. Children love celebrating their birthdays, and who can blame them? From the intricate decorations and fun entertainment to a delicious, sugary cake, kids’ birthdays are the best part of the year. However, planning such an extravagant event is no small feat. In part one of this two-part series, we gave you a few tips on how to plan a successful birthday party for your little one. As we continue with part two, we will give you even more tips for you to keep in mind.

One of the best parts of throwing a birthday party is seeing your child have fun with their friends. At Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, we not only strive to create an environment that encourages learning, but we also provide your child with ample opportunities to make new friends. We offer a variety of programs, including a preschool learning program where your child can interact with children their own age. Browse our website to learn more about everything we have to offer, and contact one of Valley Child Care & Learning Centers’ 10 locations to get started today!

Go Digital

Once you have finalized the guest list and decided whether or not to include parents and siblings in the fun, the next step is to send out the invitations. As a good rule of thumb, it’s best to send out the invitations more than a week prior to the date of the party. You want your little one to be able to celebrate with all of their friends, therefore, you need to give their parents enough time to plan ahead.

With that in mind, you will also need to decide how you want to deliver invitations. In today’s society, you have a variety of different options to choose from — you can send physical copies in the mail, hand them out at school, or you can even send out a digital invitation to the parents. If you have a young child, the easiest way is probably to send out a digital invitation. Relying on your little one to hand out invitations and the other children to give them to their parents can be a risky move. If you want to ensure that everyone will be there to celebrate with your kiddo, it’s best to skip the middle-man and send out a digital invite.

Define Start and End Times

One of the most difficult parts of planning a child’s birthday party is defining the start and end time of the event, especially if you’re hosting the party at your home. When you plan a party for another venue, generally they will give you a certain time slot in which you can rent the space, making it easy to define when your party will begin and end. However, if you’re planning to have the party at home, you may have a difficult time deciding when the fun should end. You may think the easiest thing to do is simply leave the end time blank and let parents decide when they need to leave. Unfortunately, when it comes to children’s parties, this isn’t always the best option.

For one, parents need to be able to plan out their day, and not having a specific end time to the party may make it difficult to schedule anything else on the same day as the party. Additionally, if the plan is to have parents drop their kids off and pick them up at the end of the party, you need to give them a time in which they need to come and get their child. Otherwise, you may find yourself with kids whose parents didn’t plan to pick them up until later than you anticipated.

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Hopefully these tips will help you when it comes time to plan your little one’s birthday party this year. If you’re looking for a great way for your child to make new friends, then look no further than Valley Child Care & Learning Centers. We take pride in offering an environment that encourages children to learn, grow, and interact with their peers. Whether you’re interested in infant care, toddler care, or a preschool learning program, we’ve got it all! Browse our website to learn more, and contact Valley Child Care & Learning Centers in Phoenix today.

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Now that 2019 is officially upon us, you may already be thinking of ways to throw your child a birthday party they will never forget. It’s no secret that children love their birthdays, and the idea of cake, balloons, and all of their friends in one place is a dream come true. As a parent, it’s up to you to pull out all of the stops and plan a fantastic birthday that your kiddo will love. That’s why, in part one of this two-part series, we will give you tips on how to throw a successful party for your child.

At Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, we strive to provide your child with an environment where they can learn and grow amongst their peers. We offer a variety of curriculums, including a preschool learning curriculum that is designed to challenge your little one while also giving them ample opportunities to try new things. Interested in learning more about how your child can thrive at Valley Child Care & Learning Centers? Contact one of our 10 locations throughout Phoenix to schedule a tour today!

Set a Budget

As with any party planning, it’s important to set a budget and stick to it as best as you can. With children’s birthday parties, it’s easy to get carried away with decorations, entertainment, and food, especially if you have your child’s wild imagination fueling the project. Before you even start discussing themes with your little one, have an idea of what you want your budget to be so that when you sit down with your kiddo, you’ll be able to tell them what you can and can’t afford to do for their birthday. Additionally, as you begin shopping and preparing for the party, make sure to keep a firm eye on your budget. Party supplies may seem inexpensive at the time, but small items that cost two or three dollars can quickly add up.

Make a To-Do List

For some, the easiest way to organize what still needs to be done is to make a to-do list. List-making in general can be extremely helpful when planning a party, especially when it comes to RSVPs, ordering food and decorations, and so much more! Once you have an idea of what your child wants the theme of their birthday party to be, start making lists of what you need to do in order to pull off a fantastic birthday party! Try creating a list specifically for each element of the party. For example, you may have a list for decorations, food, entertainment, guest list, and more.

Start Planning Early

As adults, most birthday parties involve going out for drinks and maybe a cake and presents. However, children expect every birthday party to be a big deal, and unfortunately, your child’s party is not something you can quickly plan in a week. For this reason, it’s best to start planning your kiddo’s birthday as soon as possible. Not only will this give you plenty of time to get everything together, but it will also allow you more time to compare prices and make sure you get the best deals.

Decide Who You Want to Invite

If you’re throwing a party for your younger child, it may be the best idea to invite all of the children in their class so as not to hurt any feelings. After all, younger children may not be able to understand why they weren’t invited to someone’s birthday party, so it’s best to avoid any confrontation and send invitations to everyone. In addition to your child’s friends, you will also have to decide if you want to include the parents and other siblings. You may find yourself in a sticky situation if you try to exclude parents or other siblings, especially if your child is still in preschool, so it’s best to plan on including as many people as possible when you send out the invitations.

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At Valley Child Care & Learning Centers, we strive to provide your child with an enriching environment where they can try new things and meet new friends. We offer a variety of programs, from infant care to preschool learning, and our curriculums are designed to challenge your child and encourage growth. If you are interested in learning more, contact the Valley Child Care & Learning Centers nearest you today!

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