How do I know a childcare centre is right for me?

How do I know a childcare centre is right for me?

Making the decision to place your child in childcare can be a difficult one. You want to know that your child will be safe, happy, and healthy while you’re away at work. But how can you be sure that a particular childcare centre is a right fit for your family?

Research childcare centres in your area

The first step is to make sure you’re properly informed. When you’re researching childcare centres, it is important to consider the following factors:

  • The location of the centre in relation to your home or workplace
  • The centre’s opening hours
  • The centre’s accreditation and quality rating (whether it meets or exceeds government standards for health and safety, curriculum, relationships, learning environments, and so on)
  • Staff experience and qualifications (including health and safety training)
  • The educator-to-child ratio (the higher the ratio, the more individualised attention your child will receive)
  • The centre’s philosophy and approach
  • The centre’s facilities and equipment
  • The range of activities and programs offered
  • The safety and security measures in place
  • The food provided and how the centre caters for children with allergies or special dietary needs

Book a centre tour

It’s a good idea to look at several centres to see what best suits your family’s needs. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, call each centre to book a tour. This will allow you to see the centre in action and get a feel for the environment. Also, by organising a tour beforehand, you will ensure that it take places at a time convenient to both parties. When touring a potential childcare centre, pay attention to the following factors:

  • How warm and welcoming the centre feels
  • How the children interact with each other and the educators
  • The centre’s cleanliness
  • The safety and security measures in place
  • The variety and quality of the facilities and equipment
  • The range of activities and programs offered

Availability and price

When choosing a childcare centre, availability and price are also important factors. Enquire about:

  • The centres opening hours to ensure they fit in with your work schedule
  • The centre’s daily or weekly fees
  • Whether there are any extra costs for things like food, excursions, and activities
  • Whether your child must start at a specific time of year
  • Whether the centre has a waiting list and approximate wait times for the days you need

You’ll need to apply for the childcare subsidy (if eligible), which can take up to six weeks to receive. Choosing a childcare centre is a big decision for any family. By taking the time to tour potential centres and research them ahead of time, you can be sure you’re making the best choice for your child. Get in touch with us today to learn more about Learning Ladder’s early learning centres across Melbourne or book a tour of your local centre.


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