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Gobble Gobble!🦃 Let’s Talk Thankful Conversations🍂

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Hey there, awesome parents and guardians! The leaves are turning, there’s a crispness in the air, and the aroma of pumpkin spice is everywhere. Yes, you guessed it right! Thanksgiving is just around the corner. 🦃 Amidst the hustle and bustle of preparing festive meals and cozying up our homes, it’s the perfect time to …

Tips & Tricks to Staying Safe this Halloween

BOO!👻 Halloween is just around the corner, and we all know how excited kids get about costumes, candy, and spooktacular fun. But, as parents and caregivers, it’s our job to make sure the excitement doesn’t turn into accidents. At the Big Red Barn, we totally get that, so we’ve put together some easy-to-follow tips and …

5 Tips for No-Sweat Daycare Drop-offs and Pick-ups

The daily daycare drop-offs and pick-ups can sometimes feel like herding a cat through a yarn shop—especially when you’re racing against the clock. An easy morning drop-off can kickstart an amazing day for your little one, then an effortless pick-up can set a peaceful tone for the evening. Here are five tips to make the …

The Importance of a Home-like Environment in Early Childhood Education

It’s no secret that children largely feel most at home, when they’re at home! The home is where most of your young child’s developmental milestones are made and where they make the most early memories, and this naturally gives your child an attachment to the place they call home. This, as many parents know, is …

5 Benefits of Hands-On Activity for Kids

Even for the biggest supporters of outdoor and hands-on play, the benefits of such play can be surprising! Beyond getting some fresh air or letting them get some energy out of their system, outdoor hands-on play provides a number of tangible, real-world benefits to your child’s development that will help them reach milestones and soar …

Daycare vs Preschool: What Are the Differences?

Daycare and preschool… two words that parents of young children know all too well! For many these two words are synonymous, but the truth is that there are several key differences between the two. When comparing daycare vs preschool, parents should keep in mind that while they are in many ways very similar — they’ll …

Why You Should Work in Childcare

With every passing year, the childcare industry continues to grow and compete within itself for both business and talent. When it comes to talent in particular, new and up-and-coming childcare professionals are always in high demand — and for good reason! With the continued growth of this industry, many preschools and daycares have consistent new …

5 Tips for Boosting Your Kid’s Emotional Intelligence

As your child grows from an infant to a toddler to a kindergarten-aged kid, they’re bound to discover all sorts of things regarding their minds and emotions. From giggling to temper tantrums, it can be difficult for young kids to fully understand their emotions and keep them under control — this is a normal part …

5 Tips for Getting Your Kid Ready for a New School

Any parent knows how daunting a child’s first day at school or daycare can be! The first day in the care of people who are, to your kid, strangers, can be an uncomfortable and difficult thing for many kids. But if you think your kid is going to have a rough time on their first …

The Core Tenets of Our Early Childhood Curriculum

It’s a common misconception that early childhood learning is simplistic in nature, or trivially easy. While the lessons and activities children dmay seem that way from the outside, the truth is that there’s an enormous amount of research, planning and science behind the reasons why ECE, or early childhood education, is the way it is! …