Children are What Matters

Childproofing the House

Building a Safe Daycare

Written By: cmwhatmatters - Aug• 20•15

happy 60 yr old womenI have owned many daycare centers in the past 30 years and I feel like I have seen it all. I have recently just bought a child care facility in New Tampa, FL right in the community of Pebble Creek and we are working to make everything safer for all of the children that enter our building. Our opening day is in a month and we have been coming up with some ideas to get this job done quickly as possible so we don’t have to delay the opening.

Our first step was to work on our 1 acre back play yard. It had an old outdated playhouse that we needed to replace. It’s wood was warping and splintering and the base had no compression in case of a fall. For our new playhouse, we made sure that the design had no areas where a child could fall down and hurt them selfs. It was to be constructed with plastics and recycled materials that would never rot or splinter. The material that surrounded the playground was to be composed of recycled rubbers that could take the force in case of a fall. This is the same material that is used at the bottom of rock climbing gyms. This is a whole lot safer than the standard sand base.

All of the previous wood and chain-link fence and railings were to be replaced with new vinyl fixtures. This will also new rot or wear and we don’t have to worry about as many injuries related to the previous sharp edges and splinters. The railings posts also need to be closer together to meet up with code. This is important so none of our curious kids sticks their head inside and gets stuck.

Our new daycare facility has also installed a brand new security system. It was comprised of 15 cameras that are displayed on a private network in which all of the parents can see their children at any time. All of our main entrance and exit doors have a coded number pad to get in and out as to maintain security from random people coming in and doing any harm. There is a dual entry port for anyone checking in and out their children. This allows us to better secure the facility by gathering more information from the person entering the building. In case of a fire, all of the doors are prompted to swing open and allow everyone a safe and quick exit.

With everything in place, our brand new daycare is ready to go. We hope to bring a smile to all of the families that decided to allow us to care for their children.

A Child and Her Grandmother

Written By: cmwhatmatters - Jun• 29•15

grandmotherMy daughter and my mother have always been really close.  They’ve always had a unique connection with one another.  From since she could walk, my mother has been teaching her how to do all sorts of things.  Every Saturday, my mom would always pick her up and take her out shopping and then go home and bake cookies.  They’ve just always been close with one another.

Now, my mother is older and isn’t able to move around quite as easily.  My daughter, who is now only 10 years old, still loves to go over to see her grandmother.  However, now, they don’t spend as much quality time together, as my daughter mainly goes to help her out with day to day chores.

Although, she still seems happy to see her grandmother, I can see that my daughter misses being able to go shopping and bake while spending time with her.

I do as much as I can to help out, but I’m often very busy on  the weekends trying to keep my own home in good shape.  Every now and then I’m able to take the two of them out to dinner and to the mall so that we’re able to spend quality time together, but it’s often hard for me to find the time.

While at work one day, a colleague told me about a service they use for their older loved one.  The service is called Seniors Helping Seniors.  They provide in-home senior care for those, just like my mother, who aren’t as able to get around as easily anymore.  I thought this was a great idea!

I spoke to my mother about the idea and she was all for it.  So I gave Seniors Helping Seniors a call and they were able to personally match my mother with a senior care helper.

I must say, having this service has really made all of our lives much easier.  My mothers’ companion is able to drive my daughter and mother to go out shopping and to the grocery store to pick up baking ingredients.  She’s also able to help out around the house, meaning my daughter is no longer the one keeping up with the chores.  She’s able to spend much more quality time with her grandmother – just like in the old days.