How to choose the best early learning centre for your family
When choosing a childcare centre for your little one, it can be exciting 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’re 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.
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 which of your requirements each childcare centre tick off or perhaps ‘don’t’ tick off.
How to choose a childcare centre
We would suggest thinking about the following key points when choosing a childcare centre:
1. Qualified and Trustworthy Staff
It’s essential to ensure that the childcare provider has a team of qualified and experienced staff who can provide a safe and nurturing environment for your child. Look for staff with relevant qualifications, certifications, and experience in early childhood education.
2. Focus on Education and Learning
A good childcare centre should offer a well-rounded curriculum that includes learning opportunities throughout the day. Look for a centre that offers a balance of academic and non-academic activities, such as art, music, and physical exercise, to promote cognitive, social, and emotional development.
3. Emphasis on Social Skills and Interaction
Social interaction is critical for children’s growth and development. Look for a childcare centre that promotes social skills development and offers opportunities for children to engage in group activities, such as circle time, story time, and free play.
4. Play and Exploration
Play is a crucial component of early childhood development. Look for a childcare centre that provides plenty of opportunities for children to play, explore, and have fun. The centre should offer age-appropriate games, toys, and learning tools that stimulate children’s creativity and imagination.
5. Philosophy on Education
Every childcare provider has its own philosophy on education. It’s important to find a centre that shares your values and beliefs on how children learn and develop. Look for a provider whose philosophy on education aligns with your own and offers an environment that supports your child’s learning and growth.
6. Age-Appropriate Resources
Children of different ages have different needs and interests. Look for a childcare centre that offers age-appropriate games, toys, and learning tools that cater to your child’s developmental stage and learning style.
7. Positive Atmosphere
A positive atmosphere is essential for a child’s emotional well-being. Look for a centre that feels warm, welcoming, and cheerful. The centre should be clean, well-maintained, and have a pleasant and safe environment for children to learn and play.
8. Safety and Security
Safety and security are paramount when it comes to selecting a childcare centre. Look for a centre that has adequate safety measures, such as a secure entrance, fenced outdoor play area, and policies for illness and emergencies.
9. Parental Involvement
Parental involvement is crucial in a child’s development. Look for a childcare centre that encourages parent-teacher collaboration and provides opportunities for parental involvement, such as parent-teacher conferences, family events, and volunteer opportunities.
Flexibility is another crucial factor to consider when selecting a childcare provider. Look for a centre that can accommodate your schedule and budget. The centre should offer flexible hours, payment plans, and holiday arrangements to suit your needs.
The Best Childcare Advice
If we could give you some valuable (and helpful) advice when choosing a childcare provider, it would be to not just 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.
Do some research on the learning programs and extracurricular programs the childcare centres 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 educators children expect from childcare and early education.
One of our most adored programs by parents (and children) 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 what 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 emphasise taking note of what programs these Early Learning Centres offer will really help shape your decision.
Have Questions Ready
When interviewing potential childcare centres, 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 childcare providers because we know how IMPORTANT this decision is. This is the second place in which your child is going to spend a big majority of their time, apart from home, so there is a lot to ask in order to feel like you are making the ‘right’ decisions and feel secure.
Remember: The Child Comes First!
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 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 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.