If you are a first time parent with no real experience with child care providers it can be hard to understand what high quality care is and unfortunately there is no easy answer. A high quality child care centre can look like any combination of things depending on your values and beliefs.
To make things a little easier for our first time families here are a few things to look for when visiting a potential child care centre for your child.
Accreditation. The National Quality Standards offer a useful way of measuring a centre’s performance against minimum standards. All services which have been assessed against this strict framework are required to display their rating somewhere that is easily accessible to families.
Qualifications. Considering that the early years (ages 0-5) are the most sensitive for brain development, the people who help care for your child are those who help shape your child’s mind. As such, it is important that carers have a sufficient level of education.
Group size and teacher-child ratios. There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach. At Little Kingdom Childcare, we have an abundance of highly qualified carers and educators to ensure that your child will receive high quality education and care at all times.
Safety. It is important that your child is safe (physically) as well as feels safe (emotionally). Physical safety is ensuring that the toys within reach of infants and toddlers, who put everything in their mouths, are large enough so that the children cannot choke on them. Feeling safe means children dare to explore and try out new things. They are spontaneously affectionate with their caregivers and each other.
Parent-friendly. A high-quality provider will encourage you to visit unannounced because they know that communication between parents and staff is key. At Little Kingdom Childcare, we understand that family is the most important and influential aspect in the lives of young children and the significance of their relationships is our foundation.
Remember, a high quality child care can mean different things to different families and you and your child will be the best judge of what is high quality for you and your family.