A guide to enrolling in childcare

A guide to enrolling in childcare

Enrolling your child in childcare can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. With a little planning and research, you can find the perfect childcare solution for your child and family.

The benefits of childcare

A high-quality childcare program will support your child to develop the following:

1.Social skills
Regular interaction with other children and adults can help your child learn how to communicate effectively, share, take turns, resolve conflicts and so on. These important
social skills will help them throughout their lives.

In a safe and supportive childcare environment, your child can practice independence skills such as self-feeding, dressing and using the toilet. This can boost their confidence and sense of self-sufficiency.

3.Emotional regulation
Being around other children and adults will enable your child to practice recognising and managing their emotions. This important life skill will serve them well as they grow older.

In childcare, your child will learn that they can succeed in new tasks and overcome challenges. This self-confidence can carry over into other areas of their lives, such as school and relationships.

5.A love of learning
In a stimulating and supportive early learning environment, your child can develop a love of learning. Through play and exploration, they can discover new things about themselves, the world around them and their interests and talents. Things to consider when enrolling in childcare There’s a lot to consider to ensure your child will receive the best possible care and your needs are met. Here are six things to keep in mind when enrolling your child in childcare:

Look for centres conveniently located for your family, whether that’s close to home or work. Some families will travel further for a highly regarded centre.

2.Staff qualifications
All educators should have appropriate educational training and health and safety certifications. They should also undertake regular professional development to ensure they keep up with the latest research and best practice in early education and care.

3.Safety standards
Safety should be a top priority when choosing a childcare provider. Be sure to ask about the centre’s safety standards, such as emergency procedures, first aid training and child health and safety policies.

4.Educational program
You’ll want to make sure the centre’s curriculum is appropriate for your child’s age, development level and unique interests and needs. This will help to ensure that your child is getting the most out of their time in childcare.

5.Centre philosophy
Each childcare centre has its own philosophy and approach to care. It’s important to find a centre that aligns with your family’s values and beliefs. For example, if you place high importance on the use of natural resources and sustainability, choose a centre that embeds this into its program.

6.Your child’s preferences
It’s important to involve toddlers and preschoolers in the decision-making process when choosing a childcare provider. Talk to them about their likes and dislikes and care routine preferences.

When to enrol in childcare

Many centres have long waitlists, so it’s a good idea to add your child to the waitlist at your preferred centre/s well before you plan to go back to work.

Some childcare centres offer year-round start dates while others only accept enrolments at the start or middle of the year. Always inquire about the enrolment recommendations at your chosen centre.

It may also be beneficial to send your child a week or two before you go back to work to help them get used to their new environment by the time you start.

What you need to enrol in childcare

If you’re offered a position in a childcare centre, you’ll need to complete a series of enrolment documents before your child can start. These may include the following:

  • An enrolment confirmation form ​
  • Your child’s and family’s profile:
    • Your family set-up ​
    • Things you and your child like to do together ​
    • Your child’s interests and hobbies ​

  • Payment information ​
  • Up-to-date immunisation information ​
  • Medical forms ​
  • Dietary forms​

Why Learning Ladder?

Enrolling your child in childcare can be a big decision, but it can also be a great way to support your child’s development and give them a head start in life.

Learning Ladder’s highly qualified, nurturing educators would love to partner with you to provide the very best opportunities for your child to thrive during their formative years. As a boutique, family-owned-and-operated early learning provider, we’re passionate about delivering exceptional play-based childcare programs in beautiful settings. Our brand new, purpose-built services provide a safe, fun and exciting atmosphere for your child to explore, learn and grow in – from six weeks to six years. For more information on enrolling your child in one of our centres, please get in touch with us today.


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