Good day everyone, now that we’re getting more and more into summer I thought it’d be fitting to mention a developmental idea I have kept under-wraps but a lot already know about it. It’s a very simple idea that everyone at home can do, and the way it came into my mind, was that I babysat, and took countless (okay, about 4 or 5) child development courses, along with opportunities working with children. I thought this idea would be great for all sitters, and nannies alike.
I’m going to give you my version of a CCK (Childcare Kit) and you can adapt to how you see fitting. I think that this idea will also help new and old moms with children, it’s basically a Bag-O-Fun. Let me list the babysitter or caregivers version first though;
- ICE Contact Sheet: For the parents to fill out before they leave you all alone with their child(ren).
- Allergies and Medical Fact Chart: Just incase, but parents are always pretty good at telling you these things beforehand others not so much.
Similar to these charts below.
Which are located on Google or you can make your own. It only takes an estimated 5-10 minutes to create on a sheet of paper, and had it to the parents before beginning any childcare duties. It’s VERY important to make sure that this is filled out properly, if you can’t read something on the chart ASK. Speaking from personal experience I recommend having one in English, and Spanish. It’s not the best of situations when you speak Spanish but can’t show them proof that’s what you’re saying, some parents like to read it for themselves, and when they can’t it’s a hassle. Moving on from the most important things, I’d say find out what age your going to be babysitting for but as an overall guide; pack extra diapers in case the parents forgot to check if they had any. Personally I like the cloth diapers for babies but that’s not for everyone.
On too the toys and items for specifically for the children, Piaget has 5 stages of development and that’s exactly what we’re going to use in creating this, along with the Developmental milestones in Infancy to Toddlerhood and above. Each of the items I’ve chosen for my personal CCK coincide with a form of development per age, and stage.
Infants (1 year); Not many parents let others babysit their child unless they are direct family but when they do it is important to remember that babies need direct contact. Hugging, and being held. Playing Peek-a-boo with them is good, and therefore this CCK doesn’t have as much as you’d think. All you’d need is extra diapers, the checklist, extra bottles, binkies, but most likely the parent will have all this. All you’re really doing is keeping the child company, and making sure no harm comes to them.
Toddlers (2/3 and up): Now add a few more things to the above list and you’ve got yourself the proper CCK. Every child develops differently, and this needs to be kept in the back of your mind. You cannot assume that what one child will love, and another will also love. That’s why there is so much packed into a CCK. For this I recommend using a bin rather than a bag unless you’re only babysitting an infant. That’s where it changes.
Get an old storage bin, and clean it out. Then as a bonus, you can either decorate it yourself or make it a project for you and the child to create together. Children love getting messy which a sensorimotor function: touching. They’ll be touching the paints with their hands, or a brush which is both a cognitive and motor skill. It will also take up and hour of sitting time to do, then cleaning the mess. Just don’t forgot to put down some garbage bags or newspapers (which should already be inside the bin, along with the paint, and brushes). If you’re scared of creating a mess in someone elses house crayola has also come up with that new painting set that only works on their color wonder paper but where’s the fun in that? And how would it work for the CCK bin painting project?
What else should a CCK include?
- Paints? Check.
- Blocks? Of Course!
- Puzzles? YES!
- Goo? SURE!
Wait, goo? What do you mean by that?
Goo is one of the simplest things to make with a child. Just go into the kitchen and follow the instructions below.
What You Need
- 16-oz box cornstarch
- food coloring
- Empty the box of cornstarch into a bowl.
- Add 1-1/2 cups of water.
- Add about 15 drops of food coloring. It’s fine without color, too.
- Mix the goo with your hands.
If you want a specific tutorial on how to make Goo: Tutorial
It’s a fun experience for everyone involved. You can adapt all these ideas, and create your own items and add more. Add things for girls and boys to do that will help their educational prowess. So, go on and create your own version of the CCK.
To find out more about the stages of development visit PBS.org.