It’s a rather difficult to task to find quality child care these days, given the proliferation of many child care providers who are not even certified to do the job but are in the businesses because of the very cheap services they offer.
To make sure that you’re leaving your child in good hands, it’s always advisable to do a thorough research on a day care center or a child care provider you’re setting your eyes on, and to weigh the pros and cons between getting a pricier but certified professional or a cheaper but non-certified child care provider.
What are the elements of quality child care?
To determine the appropriate child care provider for your baby Housekeeper or toddler, you need to sit down and list your requirements. Do you want quality child care in a setting that’s nearly similar to home? Or do you want quality child care from a large center whose facilities almost mimic those of a traditional school setting?
Both types of day care centers can equally provide quality child care, but they differ in several ways. One, an in-home provider almost always takes in fewer students and sometimes have lower teacher to student ratios.
On the other hand, the large day care centers have the capacity to take in more children and sometimes may be chaotic, although some parents prefer it this way. They want their child to be able to interact with more children to develop their social skills.
Larger centers are believed to provide better quality child care in terms of the structured activities that they implement. These centers may employ staff who are educated in early childhood education courses and are certified in many types of training.
For parents who want their kids to be prepared for the big schools, the large day care centers are the way to go. Besides, these surely operate under a license since large facilities are regularly inspected by the government. Just make sure, though, that the center’s license is current.
In terms of fees, even small in home child care centers may charge substantial fees, especially if their thrust is in quality child care. Some of them want to maintain a low teacher to student ratio and thus put a cap on the number of students they take in. This means that their rates must be high enough to keep them afloat.
Check the center’s curriculum and lesson plans to determine if these places are truly devoted to providing quality child care. Children these days spend a majority of their waking hours in day care centers, so it’s important that the kids are given forms of stimulation other than the television.
You can surf the Internet for local listings of quality child care centers. If you’re too busy to look into these facilities but would really like to make the correct choice, you can hire the services of a child care locator. This person or firm will do all the calling and the canvassing for you.
Once you get a shortlist of quality child care centers that meet your expectations, you can then visit them personally to get a feel of the place. Try to observe a class, note the way they handle and discipline the kids, and check if the activities they implement are age-appropriate.