When choosing the right Early Learning Centre for your little one, it can be exhilarating yet overwhelming at the same time. There are endless options out there, but the question we often hear is, where do I even begin? Well, at Little Scholars, we are here to guide you through with our professional, childcare expertise and we guarantee after this, you will feel at utmost ease when it comes to choosing the right Childcare Centre for your child.
Okay, so the first place to start before anything else is to put together a checklist with the fundamental points you want your childcare provider to tick off. Think about your Childcare Centre as a long-term childcare partnership because if you contemplate the time spent at this childcare Centre and how much potential it is for your child to grow in this time, you want to ensure you choose the right environment long-term.
We promise if you consider the below key points, it will make your decision process a whole lot simpler because once you know what it is you are looking for, you will start to get an understanding of what Childcare Centre's tick off or perhaps 'don't' tick off.
You will also notice more confidence in your decision once you have really studied the above points, as they are all important to the growth and opportunities your child has when in the 'right' environment.
We would suggest thinking about the following key point when putting together a checklist:
Does this childcare provider have qualified staff you trust with your child?
Is there a focus on education and learning throughout the day?
Does this childcare Centre adopt social skills and interaction between children?
Are there plenty of opportunities for children to play, explore, and have fun?
Does the childcare Centre's philosophy on education match your own and what you want for you child?
Are there age-appropriate games, toys and learning tools at this childcare Centre?
How does the centre feel? What is the vibe?
If we could give you some valuable (and helpful) advice when choosing a childcare provider, it would be to not just to think about what is best for your child now – but think about the needs of your now AND the needs they will have in the future. It is SO important to find a Childcare center that suits your personal child's needs, as well as presents the opportunities your little one will need as they grow and develop. Do some research on the learning programs and extracurricular programs the Childcare Centre's offer so you are totally aware of what learning opportunities your child is offered in order to learn and grow to their fullest potential. These programs will inspire and teach your child daily, so it is pivotal to find the best programs for your child.
At Little Scholars, we offer an early learning curriculum that allows every child to experience a world of creative engagement through movement, play and physical activities. Our extracurricular programs are a key focus, and all activities are conducted by expert teachers and professionals' children expect from a childcare and early education. One of our most adored programs by parents is Bush Kinder and you will find that most parents these days, want their child to be outdoors in the natural environment. This, however, is only just a taste of Little Scholars programs offers, but as childcare experts, we truly understand that each child is unique and thrives differently, so you need to ensure the programs really suit your child's needs individually. We would really emphasize taking note of what programs these Early Learning Centre's offer will really help shape your decision.
When interviewing potential Childcare Centre's, it is important to ask how they meet the children's changing developmental needs in their care or offer enrichment programs for different age groups. Ask how they create positive learning environments for the children and do they create positive social interactions between students. You can never ask too many questions when it comes to interviewing your child care providers because we know how IMPORTANT this decision is. This is the second place your child is going to be spend a big majority of their time at, apart from home, so there is a lot to ask in order to feel like you are making the 'right' decisions and feel secure.
Of course, when it comes to choosing an Early Learning Centre, you want what is best for your child. You want them to be in an environment where they are comfortable, safe, and stimulated. You want them to be in an environment where they will learn and grow, and an environment where they will thrive and be inspired daily. So, one lucky last piece of advice we could give you is to involve your child in the choosing process! Seeing as they are going to be spending so much time with their childcare provider, it is important they meet the educators and explore the environment before you make your final decision so you can see your child is genuinely happy and comfortable in this environment. This will work out in the long run and will make the whole 'choosing the right Early Learning Centre' journey a whole lot smoother for not just your child, but the family.
We hope our expert guide has helped give you some direction on what to consider when choosing the right Early Learning Centre. We truly know how IMPORTANT it is to find the right environment for your child and hope to have given you comfort when making these final decisions. Get in touch to find out more about our programs and how they might be a fit for you and your family. We would love to learn more about your future Little Scholar.