This blog is aimed at any parent who is looking for advice about child care and early learning. I do not work in this industry. My name is Keira, and I am just another loving parent who wants the best for her child. When my child was 2 years old, I decided to return to work. This was the beginning of my search for child care. Over the next couple of months, I learnt lots of useful things from other mothers and those who work in the industry. I hope this blog helps you to make the right choice when it comes to child care.
When searching for a day care centre for your child, you should take your time and research widely to ensure you find the right place. Many parents choose day care facilities based on cost and convenience but end up with an unhappy child. Here are some mistakes you should avoid when choosing a day care centre.
Not Reviewing the Curriculum
Curriculum is more than academics and involves play, emotional and social development. Research to ensure the centre focuses on these three aspects of child growth and development.
While taking a tour of the centre, observe how the caretakers promote learning. Do they use hands-on activities, role-playing, or singing games? What charts are displayed on the walls? All these things will give you a general idea about the centre's curriculum.
Not Discussing Discipline
All parents have an opinion about how their child should be disciplined. You need to understand the disciplined approach used at the day care centre. This is important as your child develops physically, emotionally and mentally.
To ensure all kids know the consequences of their negative actions, the day care centre has to employ healthy discipline strategies for children who break the rules. Ensure you are comfortable with the facility's disciplinary methods.
Limiting Your Options to One Day Care
There are different types of day care options for a working parent. These include licensed home day cares, private nannies, relative care and child care centres. You need to research widely to ensure you find an option suited to your child's specific needs.
For example, if your child isn't yet accustomed to being around many people, you may start by taking them to a private nanny. If your child has special needs, you need to find a day care centre that accommodates children with these needs.
Choosing a Facility Based on Location
Many parents go for a day care centre that is located near their home or workplace. It's convenient because of drop-off and pick-up schedules. However, you shouldn't compromise on your child's needs because of convenience.
Before thinking about cost and convenience, you need to pay attention to the centre's curriculum, working hours, safety, environment, diet and other criteria. If all the basic features of a good day care centre are good for you, a convenient location can be an additional benefit.
It isn't unusual for new parents to make mistakes when choosing a day care centre for their child. To avoid these common pitfalls when choosing a day care centre, make sure you identify your child's physical, emotional and mental needs and research thoroughly to find the best facility that matches these needs.