One of the most stressful and challenging decisions which parents have to make is which daycare centre they should enrol their child in. In most cases, a parent will have a list of care centres but limited knowledge about the way they are run. Another common scenario is where parents have very few childcare centres which have openings for their children. Whichever category you fall into, you need to think about the qualities you would like the childcare centre taking care of your child to have. Here are the three most important of these qualities.
A Caring and Stimulating Environment
The first few years of a child's life are the most important. They need to constantly be around people who will help them grow feeling safe and secure. The ideal environment for the first three years should also be stimulating so that the child's brain can be stimulated to grasp new concepts. The caring aspect is seen in the quality of the interactions the caregivers have with the children. Ensure that you take your child where the caregivers are trained and professionally certified to handle early childhood development. Take time and visit the care centre before enrolling your child and observe the children. If they seem happy, comfortable and engage with the activities, it is an indication that the environment is nurturing.
The Curriculum and Learning Schedule
It is true that the main goal of a childcare centre is to nurture the child and help them develop psychologically so that they can be ready for formal learning. However, it is advisable to look at the type of schedule that the centre follows and ensure that it is learner-centred as opposed to being pegged on performance. Go with the centre which offers your child's imagination the freedom to roam.
The Cleanliness of the Environment
Childcare centres are a challenge because so many children who do not know how to clean after themselves are clumped together in one building. However, they can be even more challenging when the caregivers are not careful enough to ensure that all the kids' tools and surroundings are clean and that diseases are not transmitted from one child to the other.
These are the three considerations to make when choosing a childcare centre. It would be best to take your time and choose an excellent centre, as this will help you avoid derailing your child's cognitive, social and psychomotor development.