The thought of leaving your child in someone else’s care every day while you work probably makes you at least a little anxious — but it doesn’t have to. Not if you know your little one will receive the best possible care and age-appropriate learning in the process. This is why choosing a good daycare or pre-school is so critical and should be done as early as possible — preferably six months before you plan to enroll your child.
As a parent, your gut instinct will really come into play when choosing the right fit for your child. Trust your feelings. And also weigh these six basic things a good daycare should have or offer:
1. A great reputation
When you need to get an unbiased view of a daycare center, the best place to start is with parents whose kids have been there. You can also check for online reviews from reputable sites.
2. A stimulating curriculum
A child’s first few years are critical to his or her development. This is why you need to choose a daycare center or pre-school that offers a stimulating, age-appropriate curriculum that will aid the cognitive development of your child and instill a love of learning.
3. Good policies
While policies may vary between centers, you need to find out as much as you can about the policies in any particular center you are considering. This is the only way to be sure you are comfortable with the way your child will be handled. For instance, the center’s discipline policy should align with your preferred approach to discipline.
Another critical guideline you should be aware of is the sick-child policy. Find out the kind of symptoms that would prevent a child from attending. While this may be inconvenient when it’s your child that’s ill, it goes a long way in minimizing your child’s exposure to infections and illnesses from other kids.
4. Open communication
Your child’s care provider will spend a great deal of time with your child. When speaking with the provider, you should be able to ask as many questions and receive as much feedback as you need about your child. For this reason, you want to find someone who is approachable and friendly.
5. Qualified and experienced staff
As a starting point, remember to check whether the center is fully licensed. In addition, find out the center’s staff requirements in terms of qualifications and experience. Ideally, the director should have a degree in early childhood education while teachers should have training in the same field, early childhood development or a parallel program. Further, daycare center employees should be trained in CPR, pediatric first aid and other emergency training.
6. A safe environment
You want to be sure that the center offers a safe environment for your child. For instance, good hygiene must be prioritized and enforced in the center. Additionally, it’s important that children be supervised at all times, even when they are asleep. Additionally, all daycare workers should undergo complete criminal background checks.
If you are looking for an outstanding daycare for your child, Spanish for fun! is your best option. We combine the loving care that your child needs with Spanish language education, cultural learning and lots of fun. Get in touch with us today to schedule a tour of our Duraleigh campus. Call 919-881-1695 or complete the form on the homepage to schedule a visit with us. We look forward to showing you why your child will thrive with us.