Choosing a child care centre for baby
By Kidspot Team |
When you are evaluating a child care centre, you should consider the following:
- Do the premises look tidy and well-kept?
- Is the environment bright and stimulating? Can you see evidence of the kid's activities?
- Are the children happy and engaged with suitable activities?
- Are the kitchen and bathroom areas clean and kid-friendly?
- What is there for the children to play with inside and outside?
Questions to ask
Take the time to chat to the staff and ask the following questions:
- How many staff are employed at the centre, and how long have they been there?
- Are you able to drop into the centre at any time to see your child?
- Does the centre keep your child's work or do they send it home?
- Is there a program they follow, and how do they communicate this with parents?
- Is there a daily routine?
- How do parents find out about what is going on in the centre? Is there a newsletter?
- What are the policies of the centre?
- Do they toilet-train children?
- Are there open days, or performances that are open to families?
- Do they have air-conditioning/heating? Do they have a no hat- no play policy? Do they provide sunscreen?
- What do they do in wet weather? Can they watch TV/DVDs?
Things to consider
Once you've found a centre that you like, you need to consider the practicalities:
- Is it a registered or approved centre?
- What are their operating hours?
- Can you get care on the days that you require?
- How much does it cost? If you're eligible for the Child Care Benefit, what will you actually pay?
- Do you have to pay for public holidays and sick days?
- Does the centre shut down - over Christmas perhaps - and if it does, how long is it shut for and are you obligated to continue paying fees during this period?
- Do you supply your child's food, or do they?
- Do you need to supply your own nappies?
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