When you’re pregnant, you register for all of the supplies your new baby will need.
But what about after the baby is born, when mom and dad are ready to return to work? Have you thought about childcare? Who will you entrust your child with for the 8-plus hours while you’re at work? Finding the right childcare facility is not as absolute as picking out a new stroller. Believe me, I know.
I will never forget the first day that I dropped off my precious 6-week-old, Gabrielle, to daycare. Something didn’t feel right about the facility; I had a gut feeling that this place was not good enough for my baby girl. Here are some tips to help you find the right early childhood education center for you:
TAKE A PROACTIVE APPROACH
Start looking for daycare as soon as possible. Most childcare centers book up fast, so make sure you find the right one by touring facilities before you head to the hospital.
- When you’re on the tour, observe how children are treated:
- Do they treat children with respect, flexibility and patience?
- Are they able to meet your child’s developmental and emotional needs?
- Is there a sufficient number of teachers to meet the needs of all children in the classroom?
- Do they practice good hygiene?
At Kids College, we aim to create a safe, secure, loving and fun place for little ones. Believe it or not, we know all of our little students’ names without looking at their file. Their personalities are etched into our hearts – as cheesy as that may sound!
While love and care are important to us, education is our cornerstone. Every week we introduce our little ones to a new theme and we wrap our lessons around that theme. Even the 1-year-olds are busy with crafts, flash cards and story times. Most importantly, we work with parents to discover what their child needs and how to make Kids College a home away from home.
HEALTH & SAFETY
While watching how the staff interacts with children is important, it’s also vital to examine the facility:
- Does it offer safe indoor and outdoor areas and equipment?
- Does it have orderly and clean work areas?
- Are there non-toxic play materials?
- Are healthy meals and snacks offered?
Not only is it important to meet state and national standards in terms of cleanliness and health, but we are proud to participate in the Child & Adult Care Food Program. Kids College adheres to stringent nutritional requirements ensuring that your child has healthy balanced meals. With menus specially designed to include fresh fruits and vegetables daily, milk served with all meals and no main course meal repeated within a ten day period!
We’re also certified by Advocated for Better Care and accept ABC vouchers. This means we are required to meet very strict guidelines to provide a safe and clean environment.
Additionally, we have cleanliness protocols for every classroom that includes cleaning all toys, chairs, tables, floors, etc. You’ll even see hand sanitizer dispensers mounted on the wall of every classroom.
We also know how important it is to appeal to your child’s senses. Our early childhood education center is adorned with murals on the walls and a soft and playful pallet of colors to coax a feeling of calm.
But don’t judge a book by it’s cover. If the daycare center doesn’t have state-of-the-art toys and shiny, new gizmos, what really matters is how the teachers interact with your child. The ultimate litmus test is whether or not your little one is happy.
At Kids College, we work hard to make our space so comfortable that many of our staff members entrust their children with us.