Choosing the right childcare centre for your family
Every parent wants their child to get the best start in life, but how do you go about selecting the right childcare centre to suit their needs?
Well, it’s part location, but also involves finding a centre that aligns with your parenting philosophy, understands the needs of your child, and offers an environment that fosters the best support, care and commitment to your child.
With that in mind, here are our top tips on how to choose the right childcare centre for your family…
Location will naturally play a role in selecting the right childcare centre for family to attend.
After all, depending on your needs, this might be a venue you are visiting as often as five days a week.
Chances are, regardless of where you live there’s a choice of centres available in your area. Then it comes down to selecting the right centre to suit your family and your needs.
As the childcare centre will be caring for your child in your absence, it’s important their philosophy aligns with your own.
That means they should share your vision in terms of things like technology use, nap times, food consumption, play and learning.
The best way to assess this is to visit the centre in person to ascertain its ‘feel’. As you tour the centre and speak with staff, consider:
How do the staff interact with children?
What is the environment like?
Is the centre clean, is it stimulating and fun?
And most importantly, do the children seem happy?
Then look behind the scenes to examine their policies, beliefs and mission in terms of things like:
- Health and safety
- Social interaction
- Dietary needs
- Staff credentials
We know the pre-primary years set children up to be learners for life, so it’s important the childcare environment is stimulating, interesting and perhaps most critically, encourages interaction and play.
In the pre-primary years, critical social skills are developed, along with vital learning that is fostered through play and by providing children with opportunities to explore the world around them.
This is the stage where fine and gross motor skills are developing, along with the foundations of education.
The activities of the centre should cater to this, whether it’s time spent exploring the great outdoors, interacting with other children learning through art and activities, or more structured education such as story time and learning the alphabet.
Credentials are critical in a childcare environment. Do double check the centre has the licences required, and that staff have the necessary credentials to work with children.
Meanwhile, search for reviews about the centre online to understand the experiences other families have had at the centre you have in mind.
The final word
All these factors help shape the picture of whether a specific childcare centre is right for you and your family.
It’s important to remember, this centre essentially becomes your partner in early education. It helps foster the skills needed in the pre-primary years and shares your commitment to an environment that is nurturing, caring and puts the child’s needs first.
At Nature’s Kids Early Learning, we believe all children are capable of extraordinary things – it’s about empowering them to unlock their potential right from early childhood through exploration, interaction and play that ignites the imagination and fosters a passion for discovery.
You can learn more about our philosophy and state-of-the-art facilities here.