When looking for the best child care centre to place your child, there are many important things to consider.
To help with the decision, we’ve put together these five quick questions to ask when weighing up your options to ensure you get the best care for your child.
Is the centre close to home or work?
One of the hardest things for any parent especially those who are trying to juggle work and home life is to find a child care centre that is either close to home or work.
If it is close to your home, you know that you can drop them off early, pick up and have them home quickly and if required have a friend of family member easily pick them up if you’re running late.
Alternatively, should you select a child care centre close to your work, you can drop them off later, pick them up earlier and be sure that if anything happens, you can be there in minutes.
Does it have green space and an outdoor play area to enjoy?
With the increasing urbanisation of our lives around Western Sydney, stepping into a space that has trees, plants and green space to run around and play in promotes healthy living and lifestyle to set your child on the best path from the outset.
Outdoor living, playing and embracing is vital for your child’s development, so always ensure there is an area for them to thrive.
Are the educators caring & qualified?
Apart from you, your educators are the most important people in your child’s daily development.
You should always engage with them, ensure they are taking your child under their wing, understanding their needs and working with you to develop them as little people.
Does the centre embrace technology?
Child care centres are no different to other businesses; those who embrace technology are going to be more effective in keeping you as parents better informed.
Centres such as Grace Village in Huntingwood have employed a service that allows access to parents at any time throughout the day. Enabling them to review how their child is going, what they are doing and how they are developing – can your Kindy do that?
Do they allow your child to try as much as possible?
There is a lot to be said about a well-rounded early childhood experience.
Child care centres who offer extra-curricular activities such as music, sport or even language classes to children outside of the regular early learning activities as value added activity are a cut above in offering your child the best experience possible.
Did you find these questions useful? Let us know in the comments below, we’d love to hear your feedback!