It feels like it was just yesterday when you brought your little one home. Now they’ve reached that age – daycare age. The first phase of leaving the nest isn’t an easy transition for both parent and child. There are a few ways you can make the process less daunting. Here are a few things to consider when choosing a daycare.
Who better to advise a worried parent than an ex-worried (we’re using this term loosely) parent? Ask for recommendations from friends and family. They’ll advise you on daycares you may have overlooked or missed. With so many available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when attempting to navigate the daycare landscape. Look for parent reviews and keep an eye out for any red flags.
2. Teacher and Child Interactions
Keep an eye on how children and teachers interact. Do the children seem overly timid, or do they speak openly and freely with the teachers and staff? Do the children seem genuinely happy? How children behave is a big and honest indicator of classroom/daycare dynamics.
Chances are this is the first time your child will be interacting with other kids from different cultures and races. Are the children that attend diverse enough to introduce your child to people they’ll come across? Tolerance, acceptance and neurodiversity are key factors to consider.
Did you have to send dozens of emails to get a tour? What other communication channels does the daycare have to give you peace of mind? Are caregivers available on Whatsapp or SMSes for quick communication in case of emergency if you’re unreachable? Responsiveness is important to consider when choosing a place for your little one.
5. Safety Policies
How easy would it be for someone to waltz in and claim to be someone they’re not? Look at how comprehensive their sign-in process is. Are there any toys around that could be potential safety hazards for the younger kids? Check the play area and equipment to see if they’re safe in case of falls and slips.
6. Qualifications and location
Is the staff qualified in looking after and teaching children? Depending on whether you’re working – you may prefer a daycare close to work or closer to home. Is the daycare located in a safe and secure neighbourhood?
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