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January 23, 2018
What is Autonomy in Early Childhood Education?
Autonomy in relation to early childhood education means letting children know that they have control over themselves and the choices that they make.
January 26, 2018
The Real Cost of Documentation in Child Care
HiMama helps centers to save both time and money on documentation, while providing a much better experience for families to engage in their child’s learning every day.
January 26, 2018
A Day in the Life: Green Apple Kids
Learn how one very successful center was able to use HiMama to delight families and save educators time on documentation!
January 9, 2018
Advantages of Online Childcare Invoices
We’re excited to introduce this new capability into our app, allowing child care providers to easily invoice parents according to child enrollment and scheduling, and collect payments quickly and efficiently.
December 19, 2017
Star Ratings or Star Children
How can ratings systems potentially work against play-based and social-emotional learning? Shanda challenges center directors to be willing to take a lower star rating in order to meet the needs of your children at the time.
November 29, 2017
Self-Care for Child Care Professionals
Feeling burnt out? If you’re an early childhood educator, feelings of frustration and stress often become a reality of your daily life.
November 7, 2017
Cold and Flu Season Tips for Child Care
As the weather begins to turn cold, it signals the start of chilly temperatures, holiday celebrations, winter fun and most importantly – cold and flu season!
October 17, 2017
How to Motivate Your Staff – Finally See the Change You Want!
#66: Chanie Wilschanski returns to discuss her work with 'The School Culture Model'. Chanie presents concrete ideas for how to effectively motivate early childhood professionals in team meetings and in the classroom.
October 17, 2017
5 Tips for Child Care Attendance Tracking
Attendance tracking is something no child care center can avoid. Most child care facilities are required by law to keep accurate records of which children were in attendance on any given day, and what time they were dropped off and picked up.
October 10, 2017
Relationships Relationships Relationships
#65: Marilyn Ballard, Owner of ECE Solutions joins us this week to talk solutions to challenging behaviour.
September 11, 2017
Teaching a Classroom Clean Up Routine
We all know how fun it can be for children to explore and learn while making a mess, but then what learning during clean up time? Many educators tell us learning the clean-up routine is met with totally differe
August 29, 2017
Leading as a learning process
Leading is a life long process of learning new skills and understanding the needs of your team. Our guest Patti Clark, VP of Product Development for Lakeshore Learning shares her tips and advice with us on this episode of the Preschool Podcast
August 21, 2017
How to Support Teachers as a Preschool Leader
We all know that a preschool leader wears many hats. Here are 3 steps you can take to support your teachers and become a more productive team. . .
August 17, 2017
Early Childhood Employee Engagement Survey Results (Part 1)
Employee engagement is key to retaining talent and improving team culture as well as program quality at your center. Check out the results from our employee engagement survey for some insight into how teachers are feeling in their roles.
August 15, 2017
Universal child care and its possibilities in Canada
Preschool, child care, day care, early childhood education - whatever you prefer to call it - is a sector that is getting a lot of attention at the provincial and federal levels here in Canada. Learn more about Canada's vision for universal child care.
August 7, 2017
Why You Should Think About Child Care Hiring All Year Round
Hiring for your preschool should be top of mind all year around. You never know when you might need to fill a position unexpectedly!
August 8, 2017
Taking control of your early childhood career
Leadership is all about authenticity. Listen to this podcast to see how you can find a community of like-minded people to support you in your professional journey as an early childhood educator.
July 10, 2017
Preschool Application Questions to Ask Prospective Parents & Families
Relationships are everything in ECE. As a preschool operator, you may be wondering which types of questions you should ask prospective families to ensure that they will be a good fit for your center
July 3, 2017
Why Employee Engagement Matters in Early Childhood Education
Do you think wages are the number one reason for employee dissatisfaction and turnover in child care and early childhood education? Think again...
July 4, 2017
Leadership for better early childhood outcomes
This is a transcript of the Preschool Podcast, episode #51- "Leadership for better early childhood outcomes”
June 27, 2017
The HiMama 2017 Child Care Benchmark Report
Insights into child care operations, financials and forecasts - download the report today. #childcarebenchmark
June 27, 2017
Data-driven early childhood education advocacy
This is a transcript of the Preschool Podcast, episode #50 - "Data-driven early childhood education advocacy”
June 19, 2017
How To: Preschool Report Card
When we think of report cards, we usually picture a sheet of paper featuring the letters A through F, ranking a student on his or her skills in a variety of subjects. However, when it comes to report cards in early childhood education, this traditional sy
May 29, 2017
HiMama Celebrates 100 Million Moments Connecting Parents with Children
HiMama childcare app helps preschools connect working parents with their children during the day!
April 24, 2017
5 Toddler Transition Tips
Transition times can be some of the most difficult periods of time throughout the day for preschool teachers to manage.
March 23, 2017
Preschool Classroom Management for New Teachers - 6 Tips!
As a new teacher, keeping a classroom full of excited preschoolers running smoothly can be an incredibly challenging task.
March 6, 2017
Designing a Child Care Schedule for Infants
Creating the ideal child care schedule for infants can be a challenge when you have multiple children with different needs, wants and levels of development all under the 18 months of age!
February 21, 2017
Parent Involvement Activities for Preschool
Early childhood educators can undertake a number of measures to increase parent participation.
February 13, 2017
How to Create a Child Care Center Business Plan
The prospect of starting your own child care business is very exciting, but in order to properly execute on your dream, you’re going to need to put together a child care center business plan.
February 8, 2017
Surprising Facts About Early Childhood Education Salaries
A look at the discrepancy between the importance of early childhood educators and the profession's salary.
February 7, 2017
10 Tips for Planning a Healthy Child Care Center Menu
Nutrient-rich meals and snacks are a key part of optimal growth and development in young children.
January 31, 2017
HiMama and The Early Childhood Leadership Conference (February 12 - 16th)
The HiMama team is very excited to be featured in this online conference focused on leadership in early childhood education.
January 10, 2017
Designing a Toddler Daycare Schedule
One of the most important elements of a toddler daycare schedule is routine.
January 9, 2017
Preschool Open House Ideas to Attract Families
In order to help you make the most of your preschool open house, the team at HiMama has gathered the following tips and preschool open house ideas to ensure you are prepared!
December 27, 2016
Early Childhood Education Career Path Possibilities
Whether you're currently studying early childhood education or have been working in the field for several years, you may be curious to know about your career options as an Early Childhood Educator.
December 13, 2016
Why Your Parent Sign In Sheet Should Be Digital
A digital parent sign in sheet has many advantages when compared to a typical paper-based sign in system.
December 8, 2016
Maintaining Early Childhood Education Quality
Maintaining Early Childhood Education Quality
December 1, 2016
Obstacles When Implementing a Curriculum for Preschool
Implementing a curriculum for preschool classrooms can be incredibly challenging to do effectively.
November 25, 2016
7 Tips for Hiring a Preschool Teacher
Whether you’re opening a brand new preschool, or are simply looking to expand your current team, hiring a preschool teacher who is the right fit can be a challenge.
November 21, 2016
Early Childhood Education Problems in the U.S.
There is a misalignment between expectations on early childhood educators and the resources provided to meet these expectations.
November 18, 2016
Why Are Parents Demanding Highly Academic Preschool Programs?
There is a high demand for academic-focused preschool programs due to consistent and strong early childhood research in recent years.
November 7, 2016
How to give better feedback to childcare employees
Offering constructive feedback to your child care employees is key to helping them improve their skills in the preschool classroom.
October 14, 2016
Pros & Cons of Opening Your Own Preschool
Whether you are currently employed as an early childhood educator, or you are new to the field and interested in starting your own business, there are many factors to consider.
September 26, 2016
Current Trends in Early Childhood Education
Recently, we’ve been observing these three major trends in early childhood education that are on the rise in visibility and popularity among daycare facilities, preschools and other types of early years learning centers.
September 19, 2016
Research behind technology in preschool settings
I would like to start by asking you this question: “What indicator showcases that learning has occurred?” The answer is simple: results of a child retaining knowledge, plus documentation of the process of learning itself.
August 3, 2016
Educator use of technology in the classroom
The topic of technology in preschool classrooms is a highly debated issue among educators today.
July 6, 2016
Why Invest in Child Care Staff Training and Development
For many child care facilities, training and professional development are often more of a “nice-to-have” rather than a “must-have” offering to Educators.
June 7, 2016
Addressing the Issue of Preschool Teacher Turnover
As a preschool director, one of the biggest challenges you may face is a high rate of staff or teacher turnover.
June 7, 2016
5 Steps for More Effective Communication With Parents
Keeping open lines of communication with parents is essential to providing the best possible care to their children.
May 18, 2016
Best Tablets for Schools & Preschools - 2016
We've done an extensive review of tablets to come up with a list of the best devices for a classroom or preschool environment.
May 3, 2016
How to Manage Your Center Waiting List
Here’s a look at some of the top ways to ensure the members of your waiting list stay engaged and keep looking forward to the opportunity to register their child.
May 3, 2016
Developing an Emergency Disaster Plan for Child Care Centers
Following the terrible wildfires across Western Canada, most notably to our friends in Fort McMurray, we wanted to share some ideas for an Emergency Disaster Plan for childcare centers.
April 15, 2016
Tips for Creating a Green Child Care Center Environment
For some parents, a child care center that is committed to protecting the environment is an important factor in their child care search.
April 14, 2016
How HiMama Engages Parents in a More Meaningful Way than Facebook
There are major distinctions between sharing children’s daily updates with parents on an open social network like Facebook, and sharing those same updates on a private, password-protected app like HiMama.
April 12, 2016
5 Child Care Marketing Strategies to Set You Apart from the Competition
Finding the right combination of child care marketing strategies can be difficult. To increase enrollment, you need to find innovative ways to market your facility and stand out from the rest.
April 4, 2016
New Daycare Outdoor Regulations in Ontario: What You Need to Know
Recent updates as part of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014 came into effect late last year - here is HiMama's summary.
March 14, 2016
Childcare Cleaning Tips for a Healthier Center
It’s essential that you make germ fighting a priority to stop the spread of sickness, create a healthier and safer environment, and ease the minds of parents who are frequently concerned about center cleanliness.
February 21, 2016
Child Care Observation: How Much Documentation is Too Much?
It can be difficult to know exactly how much time each day you should devote to documentation as an early childhood educator.
January 11, 2016
Why You Should Write a Child Care Center Blog: Tips for Success
Blogging regularly about your facility, its events and the latest news in the industry can help get your center’s name out there in the community and position you as a child care expert
January 11, 2016
How to Make Child Care Sign in More Efficient
Is your child care center currently using paper sign in and sign out sheets?
January 5, 2016
Bringing Child Care Forms Into the Digital Age
There are hundreds of possible documents that your staff and parents must complete so your child care center has the information it needs to operate.
December 20, 2015
Why You Should Track Daycare Meals
Tracking daycare meals not only helps you to meet regulatory and licensing requirements, but also helps guide future meal planning and increase transparency with parents.
December 12, 2015
The Importance of Observation in Early Childhood Education
Early childhood education is not about teaching, it's about exploration and learning, and observations play an important role in meeting the needs of your young learners.
December 8, 2015
5 Reasons to Maintain Your Daycare Website
A daycare website that is up-to-date is a must have in today's increasingly digital society.
December 1, 2015
5 Ways to Boost Your Child Care Enrollment
Get the word out to boost enrollment in your child care center - your website, local newspapers, social media and word of mouth will all help to spread the word
November 16, 2015
How to Create a Daycare Parent Handbook
A parent handbook is an important resource for any child care program to communicate policies and procedures and act as an ongoing reference
November 10, 2015
Supporting Classrooms with Innovative Technology
On Wednesday, Canada's new Prime Minister hosted a Google Hangout with 5 classrooms from across the country.
October 27, 2015
The Value of a Parent Satisfaction Survey for Child Care Providers
There is no better way to improve the quality of your child care programs than to get feedback from parents.
October 13, 2015
5 Ideas to Simplify the Collection of Daycare Payments
It is never fun having to chase parents to collect daycare fees, but there are some things you can do to help make fee collection easier for everyone
September 22, 2015
What Makes a Successful Child Care Program?
It is one thing to operate child care programs day-to-day, but it is another thing to attain high quality child care programs that make a significant difference for children in your care
September 2, 2015
Using Technology in Early Childhood Education
Innovations in early education can be overwhelming, but the use of technology to enable learning, support administration and improve communications can enhance the quality of child care programs
August 20, 2015
Canada Child Care Management Software Overview
Some of the Canadian-based childcare management software options are becoming dated, however, there are some new options on the scene as well
August 25, 2015
Early Childhood Education Assessment Tools
Assessment tools are not the ultimate answer to tracking children's development, however assessment tools can help to understand a child's relative development
August 11, 2015
Classroom Newsletter Ideas to Keep Parents Engaged
From the basics to the more creative, here are some tips for content to include in your child care classroom or program newsletters to parents
June 5, 2015
Top 3 Interview Questions for Daycare Workers
It can be difficult to uncover daycare worker qualities in an interview setting, but by using the following interview questions you can reveal more about a candidate's early childhood education philosophy
May 19, 2015
Engaging Families in a Hyperconnected World – Adapting to New Expectations
Early years programs must explore new channels to engage hyperconnected families, however, it is important to evaluate internal implications when making a decision
October 19, 2014
The hyperconnected society and what it means for early years education
Expectations of today’s modern parents are changing; these changes should be seen as an opportunity to improve communications with families
September 20, 2014
How do we deal with employee retention in early education?
Recruiting and retaining talented educators is a real issue, but there are specific strategies and wider undertakings that can help us to take on this challenge
August 18, 2014
Why we don’t offer free trials
Occasionally we get asked whether we offer free trials, but because of their limitations we continue to feel that we must say no.
June 23, 2014
Differentiating your childcare center when marketing isn’t your expertise
As an administrator of an early childhood organization you are likely an expert in early learning, not marketing. So how can you increase your center’s visibility without spending thousands?
April 20, 2014
Choosing the right tablet for your child care and early learning programs
Size, battery life and camera specifications are important when choosing a tablet
March 22, 2014
Closing the gap between your philosophy and your communications
If you provide individualized attention, then you should provide individualized communications.
January 24, 2014
Privacy, staff motivation and data retention some things to consider
Webcams can create a stressful environment; why HiMama is different
December 12, 2013
Smartphones increasingly important communication tool for today's parents
Go mobile with HiMama to make it easier for parents to record, share and relive