Celebrating 24 Years of Supporting Our Communities Needs for Quality Child Care

Call Us: 949-766-9215   |  RockinghorseHomeDayCare@gmail.com  |  18 Columbine, Dove Canyon, CA  92679

News

COLD & FLU SEASON

We want to thank our parents for continuing to support our efforts to keep the transmission of colds from one child to the next to a minimum, this we know will greatly contributed to a milder cold season. To remind everyone of some things they can continue to do to support our efforts to keep colds to a minimum, especially during the upcoming Winter Season.

  • Please keep me posted on any signs or symptoms your child has while they are not in our care. A quick Email can help me help your child and the other children. 

  • Remind older ones to cover their mouths with their forearms when coughing or sneezing.

  • Encourage the use of tissue to wipe noses versus using the forearm

  • Please do not use your fingers to wipe noses

  • Include vitamin packed foods in your child's diet to promote healthy immune systems

  • Ensure your children get plenty of rest over the busy season

  • Please UPDATE us on when/if your child get the flu vaccine

For our part we will continue in our program to keep toys, blankets, pillows etc.. clean and use EO (Essential Oils) for air purification.

 

We hope we can continue with keeping the colds to a minimum. STAY HEALTHY!!! 

December 4, 2019

 

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR MURAL

We are happy to announce we revealed our new mural based on the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We know it will offer a wonderful learn through play opportunity for he children.

September 2, 2019

CPR/FIREST AID/AED RECERTIFICATION

We have completed our recertification. 

June 22, 2019

LEAD EXPOSURE IN CHILDREN

Effective January 1, 2019, in an effort to prevent exposure to lead in children, the California Department of Social Services has designed a brochure to educate parents, providers and caregivers in lead exposure. Assembly Bill 2370 requires Family Day Homes to provide new clients entering their programs to provide this brochure to families. (Click HERE for your copy)

January 1, 2019

WELCOME 2019

We say good-bye to 2018 | Our monarch project released 198 monarchs, bringing  our Monarch Release Program total to 455 individually released by hand - WOW!.  We had several from our infant group graduate to toddler group and welcomed 3 new siblings. In 2019 we'll see 3-5 of our toddlers graduate. Regarding education, we completed our Mandated Reporters required certification and additionally took several non-mandated training courses through AAP and CHS. We also added a new Peppa Pig play area and finished re-landscaping the backyard play area, we also added a wall mounted changing table; which we love! For 2019 we hope to remodel the kids bathroom with toddler friendly features and update our changing room. Our lesson plan model has proved successful and 2019 we'll add continued features for those who started our 2018 plan. We also started our Instagram updates; which many enjoy so we will continue to post in 2019.  Additionally starting Nov 2018 we also started our @ProvidersHelpProviders Instagram to help other home day cares. 

January 1, 2019

CERTIFICATION - Influenza Prevention and Control - Strategies for Child Care

American Academy of Pediatrics "Certificate of Completion" 

December 16, 2018

CERTIFICATION - Bug Busting in Early Child Care Environments

American Academy of Pediatrics "Certificate of Completion"  

December 16, 2018

TRAINING - Children's Home Society, A Bridge Workshop, Trauma-Informed Care 

This training is focusing on learning about trauma and the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences  (ACEs). Participants will learn meaningful skills too help children heal, cope, practice resilience-building and healthy behaviors, and have brighter futures. Module 1, Sat., Dec 8, 2018, 9am-1pm: An Overview of Trauma-Informed Care. Module 2, Sat., Jan 26, 2019, 9am-1pm: Enhancing Caregiver Resiliency

December 1, 2018

PEPPA PIG IS HERE

We are happy to announce that Peppa Pig and her family has joined our day care family. We've added a dedicated play area that is all about the Pig Family. We've included some learn through play activities; like primary/secondary colors and counting. A big THANK YOU to our muralist, Lee and woodworker Chris. With their help and my painting and detail work the finished product is amazing.

November 5, 2018

LITTLE ROCKERS - EARLY LEARNER LESSON PLAN

We have made some improvements to our 'pre-school' program and now refer to our literary program as 'Little Rockers - Early Learners". We launched our new program January 2018 and as we near the end of the year, we have seen the benefit of our new program. For more details click the links below:

October 1, 2018 

Excuse Our Mess - Backyard re-landscape project begins

We're happy to announce we'll be starting our backyard re-landscape project with demo starting Monday, June 11. The project will take approx. 3 weeks for the hardscape and a couple weeks later we'll have new awnings and LowE windows installed to reduce the heat and our need to run the AC over the anticipated hot summer months. Our removal of the raised patio and eliminating some flower beds will provide a larger play area for the children. For your safety and the safety of the children, please keep children away from any 'staging' areas the contractor will set up in the front yard. Thank you in advance for your patience. 

June 6, 2018

Dr. Becky Bailey - Conscious Discipline

For years we've been implementing the Conscious Discipline program and have seen it's benefits in supporting children and providing them tools to self- soothe and regulate their emotions so they can communicate their feelings. We are thus happy to announce we've purchased additional tools to support this program.

 

  1. Calming Pillows: These 4 pillows feature Conscious Discipline's active calming icons.  With the addition of these pillows; children can select which technique they want to use to calm themselves. The added benefit is using these pillows as a sensory tool.

  2. Feeling Buddies: 8 mini dolls feature emotions like angry, scared, sad, happy, frustrated, anxious, disappointed, calm. Helping children identify their emotions is a step in the direction to make choices to solve situations.

  3. Helping My Feeling Buddies

  4. Listen to Your Feeling (CD)

  5. Managing Emotional Mayhem

  6. Sophie's Super Splendid Box of Books - this set includes 7 books in a series that is designed for children ages 0-5. The series helps build character through conflict for children by using relatable stories. An adorable 12" Sophie plush doll is included. 

We know the investment into these additional tools will be well worth it!

May 30, 2018

Things to look forward to next month: JUNE

Warm weather is expected and we'll by busy getting the backyard make-over done. By removing the 'platform' we'll have more flat playroom for the children. Once we've completed this project we'll be enjoying more water play days. Our monthly menu we'll be hosting weekly themes like Sandwich Week, Pizza Week, Grilli'n Week and Salad Week. 

On the Calendar

  • Alphabet: T, U, V

  • Season: Hot & Sunny Weather

  • Shape: Heart

  • Colors: Pink

  • Reading Corner: Dr. Seuss, 'Fox in Socks'

Crazy Sock Day - Friday, June 29th - with some fun sock activities this month, it's time to pull out those crazy socks. 

We look forward to another fun month with the children. 

May 29, 2018

Things to look forward to next month: MAY

We anticipate seeing the arrival of our Monarchs as we enter our 3rd full year. We also will be taking our May vacation week and welcoming the arrival of our baby Jake. So with a busy schedule we'll be taking a break from posting menus and meal photos. 

On the Calendar

  • Alphabet: Q, R, S

  • Season: Monarchs & More

  • Shape: Rectangle

  • Colors: Black, Brown

  • Reading Corner: Dr. Seuss, 'Wings on Things''

Crazy Hair Day - Thursday, May 31 - don't fuss with your kids hair today, it's crazy hair day. 

We look forward to another fun month with the children. 

April 30, 2018

Things to look forward to next month: APRIL

As the saying goes, 'April showers, bring May flowers'. This month we'll expect more rainy days so more indoor play. This can bring more runny noses, if you'd like to donate a box of tissues, have your little one bring one to share. 

On the Calendar

  • Alphabet: L, M, N, O, P

  • Season: Flowers & Blooms

  • Shape: Raindrops

  • Colors: Black, White, Grey

  • Reading Corner: Dr. Seuss, 'The Cat in the Hat'

Crazy Hat Day - Friday, April 30th - have your child wear a silly hat, don't have one? No worries, your little one can visit our dress-up box for a hat. 

We look forward to another fun month with the children. 

March 21, 2018

Things to look forward to next month: MARCH

Tuesday, March 20th marks the beginning of Spring. Our weather will likely still have some cold days and additional rain. Please layer your children to ensure they are ready for outdoor play or bring a jacket/coat. Also, those parents who'd like to donate a tissue box for the anticipated runny noses are welcome to do so. 

Lesson Plan

  • Alphabet: H, I, J, K

  • Season: Rain, Sunshine and Rainbows

  • Shape: Triangle

  • Colors: Red, Yellow, Orange

  • Reading Corner: Dr. Seuss, 'One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish'

Poison Prevention Week,  March 19-23, 2018

We are happy to announce a new addition to our Poison Prevention program for our toddler group. Our friendly porcupine named Spike wil be making his introduction to our day care family. He will help teach children about staying away from poisons and things they don't know. Preventing Poisonings printable available below. Magnets and stickers with the Poison Control number will be available upon request and during Poison Prevention Week. 

Mismatch Day - Friday, March 30th - encourage your children to dress silly. 

We look forward to another fun month with the children. 

February 21, 2018

CERTIFICATION - Keeping Children Safe - Injury Prevention in Early Child Care

American Academy of Pediatrics "Certificate of Completion" and EC credits received. While we have not had any major injuries involving children in our care. Reminders of what we do right and ways we can improve our program made this course vital. Our goal is to continue providing a safe environment for children and reduce incidents of injury.. 

February 21, 2018

CERTIFICATION - Medication Administration in Early Education and Child Care

American Academy of Pediatrics "Certificate of Completion" and EC credits received. This program was a refresher to our current plan and also gave us insight on the importance of ensuring children's needs are met.

February 15, 2018

TRAINING - American Academy of Pediatrics - In Progress Courses

Keeping Children Safe - Injury Prevention in Early Care and Education Settings

Medication Administration in Early Education and Child Care

February 13, 2018

CERTIFICATION- Reducing Risk of SIDS and SUID in Child Care

American Academy of Pediatrics "Certificate of Completion" and EC credits received

This program reinforced our Back-to-Sleep policy; which reduces the risk of SIDS and SUID. We encourage all parents of young infants to practice this nationally recognized sleep habit.

February 12, 2018

CERTIFICATION - Preventing & Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care

American Academy of Pediatrics 'Certificate of Completion"  and EC credits received.

We completed the above course and while our current policies fall within line with national recognized standards, it was a great reminder of the importance of our exclusion policies, immunization needs for children and providers as well as other areas regarding infectious diseases. We appreciate all or our parents for supporting our policies to ensure we offer all our children a safe and healthy environment.

February 12, 2018

TRAINING - Reducing the Risk of SIDS and SUID in Early Education and Child Care

American Academy of Pediatrics course  - course completion pending

November 8, 2017

TRAINING - Preventing & Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care

American Academy of Pediatric course - course completion pending

November 8, 2017

 

CERTIFICATION - Mandated Reporter AB1207

We completed the training and received our "Certificate of Completion" that is now required as outlined in AB1207 for all mandatory reporters. While the course completion and testing is not required until March 2018 our desire to learn more about how to handle such delicate matters was important to us to complete as soon as the module was available.  

November 8, 2017

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