ChildCare Careers Newsletter - September 2017
ChildCare Careers

Directors' Corner

Child care staffing problems? We are ready to help you!

For over 15 years we have had the opportunity to assist thousands of child care and after school programs of all kinds with their staffing needs.

Are you ever in need of a good substitute? Do you spend too much time and money placing ads and interviewing? See why so many child care centers trust ChildCare Careers to help them find fully-qualified and pre-screened staff.

CCC can provide you with:

  • Teacher’s aides
  • Assistant teachers
  • Fully qualified teachers
  • Directors
  • Our staff are available for short-term or long-term assignments, and permanent placements.

Using ChildCare Careers is absolutely risk free. If you are not happy with your substitute, send them home in the first two hours and pay nothing.

Stop worrying about staffing and give us a call! Experience how we can solve all of your staffing problems.


Song Activity!


“Going Outside!”

(Sung to the tune of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”)

When it’s a time for us to go outside,
To play, to play;
We find a place to put our toys
away, away;

We’ll march so qui-et-ly to the door,
We know ex-act-ly what’s in store;
When we go outside to play for a little while

-Author Unknown

"Let's Get Moving!"

Sept. 27-29, 2017 CCCCA - Annual Conference
San Diego, CA
Oct. 12-13, 2017 2017 Fall Leadership Symposium
San Diego, CA
Oct. 20-22, 2017 PACE Education Conference 2017
Anaheim, CA

Guiding Behavior: Reducing Children’s Stress

Quality early childhood environments offer attractive play materials, sturdy play equipment, and fun and meaningful activities with consideration for each child’s abilities and interests. Quality environments also actively address children’s emotional needs. In fact, deliberate effort is made to implement early childhood practices that reduce stress, competition, and frustration for children. Reducing frequent stress, competition, and frustration often results in preventing children’s engagement in challenging behavior.

Unnecessarily stressful situations may arise when children compete for scarce resources such as novel play materials or the opportunity to play in a favorite play area or center. Anxiety and frustration may occur when children have limited time to complete an activity or when play periods are too short and they are unable to engage in deeply focused, sustained play. Children may feel stressed or end up roaming from area to area when they cannot find a space to play that has room for them and their two best buddies.

Children relax and begin engaging in self-initiated turn-taking when they have the opportunity to engage in a favorite pastime over and over—across several days or even weeks, depending on interest. Repetition is an important learning strategy for young children; it reduces competition and offers security for children knowing that their play interests and needs will be met. You can take steps to prevent challenging behavior and reduce stress for the children in your program by using the following practices: a) effectively plan for play and b) individualize the play environment.


  • Schedule long, uninterrupted play times daily.
  • Plan transition routines that limit competition and help children move calmly to their selected play area.
  • Make popular, high interest materials available daily and over time.
  • As interest in a play area begins to fade, add new elements to broaden the scope and increase the complexity of children’s play.
  • Rotate materials periodically to promote new skills and maintain children’s interest.
  • Introduce changes in the play environment gradually rather than all at once.
  • Anticipate high interest in new play areas or materials by introducing multiples (three bowling sets rather than just one) or several similar activities at the same time.
  • When a child is effectively exploring a range of play activities across a day and a week, let the duration of play in a center be guided primarily by the child’s interest (as opposed to bells and timers).
  • If a child has to wait to enter a play area, offer a similar type of play activity while he or she waits.


  • Offer materials related to each child's special interest(s) in each play area.
  • Ensure that each child can find a balance of challenge and success in materials/activities in each play area.

When you value play as essential to children’s growth and development, you understand their drive to play with their friends, engage with play materials, and create play scenarios that are meaningful in their young lives. When your play environment fosters a positive emotional climate, you make healthy, productive interactions more likely.

*Reference: CCPlus



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