Whether months or years, your child was largely with you for the first part of their life – and now it’s someone else’s turn. It’s a big decision! Selecting a childcare centre for you and your child is so important. Choosing a quality childcare centre is crucial for your child, so we’ve put together some tips to help you choose the right one.
As an early education specialist, we play a significant role in child development
It’s incredible how much the brain develops in the first five years of a child’s life. Every moment is an opportunity for learning, and the centre you choose should foster this development. They should:
Offer individual learning plans and goals for each child
Have friendly, nurturing, and passionate teachers
Provide a wide variety of age-appropriate materials to help build your child’s cognitive skills
Provide plenty of outdoor exploration
Introduce new activities regularly, from baking to yoga, music to dance
Developing a love of learning starts from birth
A childcare centre is where a child will form their earliest relationship with formal learning, so centres should create a positive learning environment. The spaces should be safe and engaging where children will pursue their innate interests. Gentle encouragement should be offered as children push their boundaries and try new things. When early learning is focused around curious exploration, trial and error, and problem solving, the seed for lifelong learning has been planted.
At Busy Bees centres, there’s endless opportunities for children to interact with one another. Younger children engage in parallel play and as they grow, you’ll see your child start to form friendships. But unlike play groups, play dates and family gatherings, at our centre they get the empowering experience of developing these social skills on their own.
Getting ready for school
For older preschool children, childcare offers the opportunity to prepare for school. Children have the advantage of being familiar with other children and teachers. They will have built up a strong sense of self and an ability to learn on their own. They’ll also have the stamina to keep up with a full school day. Ask if your childcare centre facilitates a school transition programme, perhaps by discussing the topic or even connecting with local schools for visits.
Follow your intuition
Like a lot of things, choosing the right childcare centre is best when you follow your gut instinct. Our team of passionate teachers are dedicated to providing strong educational outcomes and lifelong learning skills for children in a warm and nurturing environment.