Childcare varies dramatically across cultures. These discrepancies are attributed to the homestead and household environments. That is, the type of work performed by adult caretakers in a given community strongly influence the type of childcare used. In agricultural/ horticultural societies where work is done to provide sustenance for the community, siblings and similar-aged children are responsible for younger children. While many global communities prefer children aged 7–10 for designated caregiving responsibilities, children no younger than 12 are preferred in the Western world where paid childcare is common.
Learning Stories  are documents that are used by caregivers and educators in childcare settings. They use a storytelling format instead of a traditional ‘observation’ report to document the different ways that young children learn, and capture the moment in greater detail and provide parents with a greater insight into the events that occur in their child’s time in childcare.
Child Care & Day Care
At Belle’s and Beau’s Academy, our goal is to provide enriching environments and activities to encourage and facilitate their growth in all areas of development. We provide an atmosphere where children can experience success through a combination of self-directed learning and teacher-led group instruction. We give many opportunities for hands-on, open-ended learning.
Our center offers a warmly decorated, home-like learning environment for our preschool students. We display pictures of children with their families above each student’s cubby, we use soft elements like pillows, fabrics, and carpets so that everyone feels more comfortable, and we welcome parent visits anytime during the school day. Our monthly events and parties acknowledge major holidays and always lend a fun, celebratory feel.