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Child Care Day provides Herkimer BOCES
students with ‘real life experience’

Dec. 9, 2015


Child Care Day
Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES child and family services senior students work with children during Child Care Day on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Pictured here, the students and children enjoy cutout cookies they made together. Pictured from left to right sitting at the table: Brylynn Reid, 2; Presley Macri, 2; student Samantha LaGrange, 18, of Little Falls; and Melanie Campione, 17, of Little Falls.



HERKIMER – As juniors in the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES child and family services program, students work with children who are 3 and 4 years old, before moving to 2-year-olds as seniors.

Child Care Day, an event seniors in the class have hosted a couple times per year for several years, took place on Wednesday, Dec. 9, and is open to additional children from the community. This year, there were seven students in attendance for Child Care Day ranging in age from 4 months to 3 years old, child and family services instructor Kim Fragetta said.

“It’s a chance for them to get experience with all different age groups,” Fragetta said.

Child Care Day also provides local parents with a few hours of free time during the holiday season and serves as a fundraiser for an educational field trip. Local parents pay $4 per child or $5 per family for Child Care Day.
Senior child and family services student Kathleen Aney, 17, of Little Falls, said Child Care Day is beneficial for the students.

“It’s a lot of great real life experience,” Aney said. “With real children and real experience, you learn a lot of different things about children’s minds, how they think and their emotions.”

Aney also said it’s nice during the regular class to see the students grow throughout the year. The seniors work with the 2-year-olds on Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the toddler playgroup, and the juniors work with the 3- and 4-year-olds in the nursery school on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

Senior student Victoria Yashinski, 17, of Frankfort-Schuyler, agreed with the sentiments Aney shared.
“It’s a very interesting experience,” Yashinski said. “You watch them grow, and you grow with them.”

Yashinski said she plans to work with young children for her career.

“I enjoy being around children,” she said. “I’ve known since eighth grade that this is something I want to do.”

Working with children during class including Child Care Day lets you see what the real world is actually like, and it prepares you both for a career and for caring for your own children, Yashinski said.

“It’s been an eye-opening experience,” she said. “It’s just an unbelievable experience.”





 
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