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Choosing the right childcare centre

Choosing the right childcare centre

Finding a quality childcare centre that meets your needs can seem like a daunting task. After all, you are looking for the people, program, and facilities that will nurture your child during the most important years of their early education in preparation for school and life.

Explore All Your Options

Start by considering the factors that are most important to you, such as proximity to your home or workplace, opening hours, service inclusions, meal options, allergy awareness, sun safety, and costs after the Child Care Subsidy (CCS). Do your research, talk to family and friends, and create a shortlist of services to tour with your child. It’s a good idea to keep an open mind and to explore all local options.

Welcoming and Friendly Atmosphere

Children need a positive and engaging learning environment where they feel loved, secure, and supported to thrive. When you tour a childcare centre, keep an eye out for warm and welcoming interactions, happy children, and engaged staff.

Education Program

Every childcare centre has its own education program and philosophy that guides its approach to early childhood education. It’s important to understand how the centre’s curriculum will support your child’s needs and interests and whether the centre’s philosophy aligns with your parenting style.

Meet the Team

A team of educators who are experienced, diverse, and passionate about early childhood education is key to a quality early learning experience. Ask questions about how long the staff team has been together, their experience and qualifications, which teachers work with which age group, and educator-to-child ratios.

Communication with Families

Communication is key when it comes to choosing a childcare provider. You will want to look for a childcare centre that welcomes collaboration and feedback, and is also well equipped with technology and resources including a parent communication app.

For more information visit Montessori Academy Childcare Centres or call 1300 000 162.