We know it’s difficult to find quality child care, so we’re here to support you…
Quality child care is “care which meets a child’s basic needs for a safe, loving and nurturing environment and at the same time satisfies the child’s physical needs for nutrition; balancing periods of rest with periods of activity.”
Child care providers are the key to quality care. They should…
- Understand how children grow and learn
- Be affectionate and responsive
- Be enthusiastic, warm and want to spend time with children
- Be non-judgmental
- Be willing to adapt the program or environment to meet the needs of all children in care
- Provide a stable and stimulating environment
- Seek out community resources and support
- Be willing to develop common goals with the parents
- Be professional
What to consider when looking for child care:
- Have you given yourself lots of time to choose quality care? Some programs have waiting lists. Explore all options: registered home, licensed centres and licensed homes.
- Conduct an initial screen by telephone and then visit.
- Does the child care provider have a philosophy common to your family’s? Are their views on educational material, nutrition and behaviour guidance similar to yours?
- Look for positive, clear communication between yourself and your child care choice.
- Is the child care accessible and affordable?
- Check all references given to you.
- Choose someone you feel will like your child and whom you can talk to and trust.
- Think long term. Is the location in your community, close to schools?
- When child care is not available, who will be your back up?