Finding good quality child care requires patience, persistence and a few detective skills. Quality programs provide a caring and stable environment for your child. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), here are some of the things you will want to consider when choosing the program that is right for you and your child:
- Teachers are warm and nurturing and provide frequent interaction among children.
- The classroom is decorated with the childrens’ original artwork.
- The children spend most of their time playing or working with materials or other children.
- The children have access to various activities throughout the day.
- Teachers plan a balanced schedule that doesn’t rush or tire the children.
- The children learn numbers and the alphabet through the context of their everyday experiences.
- The children work on projects and have long periods of time to play and explore.
- The children have the opportunity to play outside each day. Outdoor play is never sacrificed for instructional time.
- The curriculum is developmentally appropriate and suits the needs of individual children.
- The children and their parents look forward to school. Parents feel secure about sending their child to the program.
- The overall program strives to maintain quality through low ratios and developmentally appropriate practices, resulting in accreditation.