Choosing a child care centre for baby
By Kidspot Team |

When you are evaluating a child care centre, you should consider the following:

Initial checks

  • 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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