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What does ‘high quality’ look like in childcare settings?

What does ‘high quality’ look like in childcare settings?

In childcare settings, the term ‘high quality’ means different things to different people. Ultimately, there is no single definition of ‘high quality’ childcare, but there are some key characteristics common to all good childcare settings.

Here are some things to look for when assessing the quality of a childcare setting:

Personalised educational programs

Quality childcare programming is not about a one-size-fits-all approach. The educational program needs to be tailored to meet your child’s unique needs. This includes planning stimulating, play-based programs that reflect your child’s stage of development, interests, personality, cultural background and so on. Educators will do this by observing your child and planning activities to help them reach developmental milestones in their own time.

Highly qualified, experienced educators

Quality early learning centres have a team of qualified professionals passionate about their work and committed to providing your child with the best possible care and education. Educators will have a solid understanding of child development and will create a warm, nurturing environment where your child feels safe to learn and explore. Educators will also be up to date with the latest research and developments in early childhood education through ongoing professional development and training.

Engaging resources and facilities

In quality childcare settings, children can access a range of engaging, age-appropriate and well-maintained learning resources, including toys, books, natural materials and play equipment. These will be carefully selected to support the delivery of the curriculum and each child’s unique needs. They will encourage exploration while supporting your child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.

Stimulating, clean learning environments

Your child will have access to clean, stimulating and purpose-built rooms and facilities. These will include plenty of indoor and outdoor play areas that promote a safe, positive, fun, creative and stimulating space for your child to engage in both free and structured play.

Safe and secure

In quality childcare settings, educators will ensure your child feels valued, supported, secure and happy to learn and grow. Educators will have current first aid (CPR, asthma and anaphylaxis), child protection, food safety and COVID infection-control training. The centre will also have well-documented health and safety policies and procedures available for you to read and comprehensive security systems.

A partnership approach

Educators and staff will collaborate with you – your child’s most important educator – at every possible opportunity to ensure your child thrives. These relationships will be built on trust, mutual respect, open communication and a shared understanding of each other’s expectations, attitudes, knowledge and experiences.

Continuous improvement

Reputable childcare centres will show a genuine commitment to continuous improvement in all areas of practice, including regular reviews and evaluations of programs, resources and services. This ensures that best practice is always being strived for and that any gaps in provision are identified and quickly addressed.

Ultimately, it’s important to visit the centre yourself and talk to the educators to get a feel for whether it would be a good fit for your family. If you’re looking for a childcare centre that upholds these high standards of quality, get in touch with us today.

Cranbourne

16 Monahans Road Cranbourne, VIC 3977
03 5906 8700
1800 954 563

Watsonia

125 Watsonia Road
Watsonia, VIC 3087
03 9432 6565
1800 954 563

Wyndham Vale

(Now Open)
17-21 Cavalier Street, Wyndham Vale VIC 3024
03 9125 5260
1800 954 563

Epping

(Coming Soon)
26A Hayston Boulevard Epping Victoria 3076
1800 954 563

Narre Warren

(Opening Early 2025)
6-8 Meadow Walk Narre Warren, Victoria 3805
1800 954 563