The Scoop: Mixed Age Care

September 2023

Child Care Aware of NH Updates

Fall 2023 Keys to Quality Conference

The Fall 2023 Keys to Quality Conference is ALMOST here! If you haven't taken a peek yet, there are plenty of awesome opportunities for Mixed-Age providers like you.

Learn more about Embracing Diverse Family Structures. Want to learn more about Supporting Grieving Children? We've got it!

You don't want to miss out on this amazing opportunity! View the brochure to check out all the awesome sessions we're offering and learn more about the financial assistance available.

Fall 2023 Keys to Quality Conference Brochure

Fall 2023 Keys to Quality Conference Giveaway

Child Care Aware of NH is excited to be giving away two (2) tickets to the Fall 2023 Keys to Quality Conference! All you have to do is answer the following question: What is the title of session 1E?

Send your answer to with the subject line, Fall 2023 Conference Giveaway! and your name will be entered into a drawing. All entries must be submitted by Wednesday, September 20th at 10:00 AM.

The winner will be announced during the Midweek Mentions on Wednesday, September 20th. Be sure to check out our Facebook page to see if you are the lucky winner!

Good luck!

Click Here to Find the Answer!

The Surprising Benefits of Multiage Programs for Kids

While there are plenty of benefits to offering multi-age classrooms, parents and caregivers may sometimes have hesitations, and that's okay! They may be concerned with older children being too rough around their little one, or their older child getting bored being with "babies" all day long.

The Surprising Benefits of Multiage Programs for Kids

TA Tip: Focus on Open-Ended Play

To encourage meaningful play in a mixed-age classroom, it's best to provide open-ended materials that children of any age can use freely and creatively. Some suggested materials for the dramatic play area include pretend food, toy telephones, pots and pans, a cash register, child-sized furniture, dolls, a small pad of paper, and crayons. These materials can be used by younger children to act out simple themes, such as their own household, or by four-year-olds to pretend they are staff in a restaurant, as well as other elaborate themes. 


Having children of different age groups play together in the same area promotes an important sense of leadership and positive feelings of self-worth in older children. It also enhances social and emotional skills, as well as skills in math, writing, and literacy. Younger children learn from older children, who in turn reinforce and deepen their own understanding of a topic or skill by teaching it. This builds the other child's confidence while also fostering interest in those learning domains for the younger children. 

This TA Tip was graciously shared by Connie Davis, Family Child Care Support Specialist.

Child Care Aware of NH is here to assist you! To learn more about how we can support your Preschool Practices, please refer to our Services and Supports Guide.

2023-2024 Services and Supports Guide

Strategies for Working with Mixed-Age Groups

Multiage classrooms, where children of different ages learn together, have historical value and several benefits, including knowledge sharing, social learning, leadership development, and stronger teacher-student relationships. To effectively manage multiage classrooms, educators can use open-ended materials, leverage children's strengths, design classrooms thoughtfully, and cater to the unique needs of older students. These classrooms offer diverse teaching experiences and long-lasting teacher-student bonds.

Check out this article to learn more about effective strategies for working with mixed-age groups.

Strategies for Working with Mixed-Age Groups

News & Resources from Our Collaborative Partners

Credential Fees Waived

Please see this important message from the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration.

Recently it came to our attention that the Department must adopt rules relative to our Early Childhood Professional Development System credentialing. As we move forward with the rules development process, all fees to obtain credentials will be waived. This policy will be in effect until the rule is adopted. 

Click below to read the full announcement.

Letter from the Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration 9/7/2023

Click below to visit the Credentialing Page on NH Connections to learn more about how you can obtain a credential through the NH Early Childhood Professional Development System.

Credentialing on NH Connections

Child Care Aware of New Hampshire is a Child Care Resource and Referral Program of Southern New Hampshire Services. The preparation of this document was financed under a Contract with the State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Economic and Housing Stability, Bureau of Child Development and Head Start Collaboration with funds provided in part by the State of New Hampshire and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

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