Rainbow Child Care Center

Rainbow Child Care Center

Rainbow Child Care Center opened its first school in 1986 in Hillsborough, New Jersey. Today there are more than 121 Rainbow Child Care Centers found in 15 states.

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The Montessori Preschool

The Montessori Preschool

The Montessori Preschool opened its doors in 2012, and continues to grow every year. If there is interest in your area, please let us know!

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Rainbow Referral

Rainbow Referral

Do you know a family in need of a Home Away From Home? Share the Rainbow Difference with the Rainbow Referral program and receive one free week of tuition!

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5 Swimming Tips to Make This Summer’s Trips to the Pool Safer

Your kids are probably begging to go to the pool. Can you blame them? Now that summer is officially in full swing there’s no better way to cool off then taking a dip in the water.

However, before giving your kids the OK to take the dive, here are a few tips to review.

1. Never leave your children unattended when they are in or close to the pool.

This might seem like a no-brainer, but it only takes one second for something to go wrong. From the moment that your child walks towards the pool, you should be alert and be watching them.

Even if there is a lifeguard, you should take responsibility to watch your child. While lifeguards are on constant alert, they are responsible for watching many children at once. If you are with a group of other parents, you can take turns being the official water watcher. This way you can take turns relaxing poolside while knowing someone always has an eye on your child.

2. Make sure your child knows the basics swimming techniques.

Your child doesn’t need to have Olympic-level swimming skills, but it is worth teaching them the basic strokes and water survival skills. Before you let your child go in the water without assistance from a floatation device or an adult, makes sure they:

  • Are comfortable sticking their head underwater and blowing out bubbles
  • Know how to step and jump into water and return to the surface
  • Float or tread water for a minute
  • Turn in a circle in the water
  • Know how to identify exits
  • Can swim from the middle of pool to the closest exit
  • Be able to exit the pool by steps or ladder

While each child becomes comfortable in and around water at different ages, the younger they are introduced, the better. If your child learns how to swim at a young enough age, they will remember how to swim forever.

3. Make sure they know the “Walk Don’t Run” policy by heart.

Whenever your child is around a pool it should be ingrained in them to walk and not run, no matter the surface. Slips and falls are an incredibly common pool injury and are one hundred percent preventable. Furthermore, slipping near the pool could cause your child toppling into the pool which could result in an even more serious accident.

4. Teach your children to stay away from drains.

Drains are essential to keeping a pool clean and safe, no denying that. However, they can also easily turn into a hazard. Make sure your child knows not to play with or near the drain as their hair or bathing suits can easily get caught in them.

5. Become CPR certified.

Yes, that’s right. This last one is for you. Hopefully, you will never have to use it, but by knowing CPR, you could help save a life. CPR classes are available through many hospitals, community centers, and local Red Crosses.

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