Entrusting a child to a childcare centre is never easy for parents. Visiting the place and hearing various recommendations from fellow parents lessen the anxiety but a personal interview with the educators can help provide a sigh of relief.
Getting the basic information of the primary caregiver, the person assigned in the child's class, is important like the name, address and contact number. Likewise, a parent must also present his or her contact details to the educator himself or herself aside from the required records in the childcare centre's office. So in case of emergency, a parent can quickly contact the educator and vice-versa.
For a detailed knowledge of how the childcare centre runs, a parent is recommended to inquire about some particular concerns:
Know the primary caregiver's training on child development or childcare
An experienced and well-trained primary caregiver is advised. Remember that the growing up years is critical. Having a qualified educator at a young age will provide a strong foundation for a child's education.
The teaching methods will determine whether a child is suitable for the program
Some childcare centres are focused on the intellectual growth of children. Others are more concerned on the emotional and social skills while some concentrate on developing both on children. For example, the Montessori Method developed by Italian Maria Montessori is all about allowing a child to experience and learn at his or her own pace while the educator provides an assessment.
Be aware of the disciplinary actions implemented by the childcare centre
Disciplining children is one aspect that childcare centres are very keen on. A parent must take considerable effort to fully recognize the disciplinary actions being implemented. Moreover, a parent must analyze and understand these policies and be able to determine if he or she is willing to put his or her child to this type of disciplining methods.
A parent may or may not be involved in the childcare centre
When schedule permits, a parent may have time to drop by the childcare centre at some point to witness the learning process of his or her child. It is noteworthy to ask if the chosen centre allows this kind of interaction. While some institutions request the involvement of parents during sessions, others try to limit these occasions to avoid distractions in children.
Security for children is a definite concern
Aside from direct observations on the facilities, a parent should ask the childcare providers about the security measures provided such as what to do during earthquakes or other emergencies.
Know the rules when a child gets sick
Another worry of a parent in placing his or her child in a childcare centre is the situation when the child gets sick. Inquire about the first aid skills of the caregiver and also the nearest hospital in the area. Another health concern is whether a sick child can stay inside the classroom or has to be sent home. Parents should ask about allowing a sick child inside the class because it can pose some risk to other children.
A continuous changing of caregiver may affect a child's emotion
It is a fact that some children experience difficulty in adjusting to a new environment. Thus, a high turnover rate of caregivers in a childcare centre may not be beneficial for a child's emotional growth.
A parent must consider the pointers mentioned and conduct interviews to ensure that his or her child will have the most beneficial childcare.
Grunty's day care nursery is a long established Nursery School based in Blackpool. Grunty's is part of Partington's Holiday Centres