How do I choose a child care centre?

How do I choose a child care centre?

Here are 10 factors to consider when choosing a child care service for your family.

There are many different variables to consider when choosing a child care service for your family:

  1. Location – does the service need to be close to home or work or somewhere else?

  2. Cost – what are the fees and what do they include?

  3. Availability – does the service have the days you require? Are casual spots available?

  4. Staff – do you and your children like the staff and feel welcome?

  5. Facilities – are the rooms and gardens interesting, well organised and inspirational?

  6. Food – can you see the weekly menus and are special requirements catered for?

  7. Sleep – what is the service’s approach to sleep and rest time? Are they flexible with children who want to skip a nap?

  8. Program – are the activities interesting, and varied?

  9. Quality – has the service been assessed by ACECQA and what was the rating?

  10. Communication – does the service offer digital or paper based learning stories where you can see what children do during the day?

When considering your child care options it is very important to visit a number of services and spend some time getting to know the staff. First hand experience is the best way to judge whether a service ‘feels right’.

Be sure to print a copy of our Child Care Centre Checklist when you visit a service to remind you what to look out for.

Remember, that every family is unique and the preferences and priorities of one family will be different from another. It’s important to keep this in mind as you set about researching your options, as you are likely to come across parents and carers with different experiences and opinions to your own.

Children thrive in high quality early childhood settings and you can learn more about how to identify a high-quality child care service here.

This child care article was last updated on Friday, 29 June 2018



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