Here’s What to Expect at Child CareRead on for five key things to expect at your child care center.
Consistent CommunicationYou should get updates on your child’s day, developmental milestones, and any concerns their teacher has. You should also be able to call at any time during the day with any questions you might have. Prior to your child’s first day, you should expect to fill out forms regarding your child’s preferences, development, family and contact information, medical information, and more.
Health and SafetyCenter policies should include strict health and safety measures to ensure the wellbeing of your child, your family, and the staff.
Age-Appropriate Materials and ActivitiesAn educational daycare will have age-appropriate learning toys and experiences in each classroom. Infants should have space to practice new skills – soft places to learn to roll over, crawl, stand, and walk. Toddlers should have room to explore, and materials that encourage curiosity and encompass all areas of development. Preschoolers and students in kindergarten prep should have materials and the opportunity to participate in activities that promote school readiness.
Nurturing CaregiversYour child should feel safe and loved each day – their caregivers will make the classroom a welcoming space, let your child’s personality shine, encourage your child to develop and explore their own interests, and more. And knowing that your child has caring teachers will give you peace of mind.
You should expect to see a curriculum in place at your child care center – one that encourages fun learning experiences, inspires children to explore their own interests, and includes all areas of development. This, in turn, will help your child build a lifelong love of learning and boost their school readiness.
When you know what to expect at child care, you can be confident your child’s getting a wonderful early education experience.