Scientific evidence shows that a child’s brain in its earliest years develops at a phenomenal rate.
These first few years represent a golden opportunity to give our children the best possible start in life so choosing childcare and early education is a big and important step for you and your child. All childcare services are different. Try to give yourself time to visit several services in your area to get a good idea of what might suit your child – trust your feelings. It can be a good idea to take your child with you when you visit to see how staff talk to him or her. Try to visit when other children are there so that you can see if they are calm, happy and busy.
What to Look for When Choosing Childcare – Top Ten Quality Pointers
- Children appear happy, content and actively engaged with what they are doing
- Childcare providers have a genuinely caring and friendly relationship with the children; a calm atmosphere with no raised voices
- The setting is safe, adequately lit and maintained to a good standard of hygiene
- A broad range and generous supply of toys and equipment is easily accessible to children
- Adequate personal space for children to play
- Calm area with subdued lighting, where very young children can rest and sleep
- Comfortable area where children can relax
- Toys, books and displays that represent and promote different cultures in a positive way
- Clean and appropriately sized toilets and hand basins, with individual or disposable towels provided.
- A secure and safe outdoor recreation area.
Good childcare staff expect you to ask questions and will be happy to answer them.
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We are in the process of creating more resources for you. These will include:
- Applying for Childcare
- Childcare Types
- Choosing Childcare
- Help with Childcare Costs