Selecting the right caregiver for your child while you are working can be a daunting task. There are so many choices, and it’s hard to know if you’re making the right choice for your child. Thankfully, there are a few tips that are universal when it comes to child care.
- Decide if you want daycare or a learning center – Daycare can be a formal setting or in someone’s home. Daycare centers are traditionally more oriented toward providing safe, dependable care. Learning centers, like the Kids Depot Preschool Academies family of schools, have a formal certified curriculum along with Christian philosophies and are focused on helping your child grow a variety of developmental skills.
- Ask about policies – You want to know how the childcare center and staff will handle situations that arise. Topics to ask about include discipline, how they handle sick children (or staff), security and authorized pick-ups, food and nap time. If the center cannot clearly communicate policies, they may not have any.
- Drop in – Tour the facility and see if it meets your needs for cleanliness, being childproofed, adequately stocked with books and toys and clearly defined areas for different age groups.
- Value match – Are the center and staff a good match with your family’s values? Do you want a Christian child-care environment, like the Kids Depot centers? Do the administrators and teachers you meet genuinely care about the children and their learning?
- Group size and ratios – Ask about how many children are in your child’s age group, and the ratio between adults and children. You want a good match of adult to child for your child’s age, but also have reasonable class sizes.
- Qualifications and training – Is the preschool accredited? What training and education do the teachers and caregivers have, and receive on an ongoing basis? Is the center part of a larger organization that shares training resources and likely has central staff ensuring policies are followed and training provided?
These are a few quick tips for choosing a childcare center. Visit the centers you are interested in and ask questions. Any quality center is happy to have parents involved in their child’s care and appreciates questions. If you have any questions about selecting the right preschool for your child in Florida, please call any of our centers and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.