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Tips for Choosing Childcare

11/28/2016 08:00AM ● By Hood Magazine
By EmBe

There are many factors that go into selecting a place to provide loving, safe care for your child. If you consider the following things and ask the right questions, your decision can be much easier.

Curriculum sets the tone for learning. Studies show that play is the way young children learn, so make sure you find a provider who uses play as a large part of their curriculum. Children should know that learning is fun! Parents should also look for a place that provides a written lesson plan. Preschool should be planned and deliberate, so you’ll want to find an early childcare provider that is planning for their success through intentional curriculum choices.

Teachers and staff set the tone for the environment of care and learning. Teachers should greet you warmly and make you feel at ease. Ask questions about the experience and background of teachers. Remember, these are the people who will influence and redirect your child (if needed), so you’ll want to feel comfortable with them.

Find out how the childcare center deals with redirection or discipline. These policies can look very different from provider to provider. It’s important you understand what the policy for behavior issues are in the class.

Finally, communication is very important. Different centers deliver information in very different ways. It’s important to understand how childcare providers communicate with parents when it comes to daily activities and progress, expectations, staff updates, events and more. Open and clear communication is essential.

If you consider these main areas as you tour childcare locations, this somewhat daunting decision can seem much more manageable.