Mak­ing the right choice for child­care

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations -

Choos­ing child­care is one of the most im­por­tant de­ci­sions you have to make as a par­ent.

Here we of­fer you a five step plan to pick­ing the per­fect child­care:

Draw up a short­list us­ing in­for­ma­tion from your lo­cal Fam­ily In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice - check the hours that they can pro­vide child­care, the hourly/ daily/weekly cost and if they have places avail­able for your child.

Visit sev­eral set­tings and ask ques­tions about the child­care pro­vided.

And when you visit the child­care cen­tres here are some ques­tions you may want to ask:

What is the ra­tio of staff to chil­dren? How many chil­dren do you care for?

What qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence do you have?

What are the daily rou­tines and how can you in­cor­po­rate my child’s and other chil­dren’s rou­tines?

Do you op­er­ate a key worker scheme (whereby one mem­ber of staff has main re­spon­si­bil­ity for your child)?

What are your poli­cies on dis­ci­pline and how do you man­age chil­dren’s be­hav­iour?

Do you pro­vide meals, snacks, nap­pies etc or will I need to pro­vide them?

Make the big de­ci­sion - it might help to take a friend and or your child on the vis­its to help you de­cide.

Take up ref­er­ences from other par­ents who have used that ser­vice. Don’t be afraid to ask for their hon­est opin­ion of the care of­fered at the cen­tre you are con­sid­er­ing.

And once you make your de­ci­sion you can book your child’s place and ar­range de­tails like hours, start date, who is al­lowed to pick up your child.

What hap­pens when they start nurs­ery?

Your child may take some time to set­tle into any new child­care set­ting that you start them in, so al­low them time to ad­just to their new sur­round­ings, es­pe­cially if this is their first time in child­care.

Re­mem­ber that most child­car­ers, such as child­min­ders, will of­fer a set­tling in pe­riod where you have an agreed length of time to as­sess whether the set­ting is the right one for your child and that they are happy there.

Don’t be afraid to ask daily for re­ports from the child­care staff who should be will­ing and able to re­spond to your child’s in­di­vid­ual needs.

Once you are happy with all the in­for­ma­tion you have, it’s time to pre­pare your child for life out­side the fam­ily home.

And they adapt quickly, it is of­ten the par­ents who strug­gle with part­ing com­pany for the first few days while their tod­dler heads off into a new world of ed­u­ca­tion and fun as they take their first steps into the world of child­care.

Tak­ing steps im­por­tant

Mak­ing the de­ci­sion about your child’s child­care is

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