Kindercare: Quality Care for Your Child
KinderCare, a company established in 1969 by Knowledge Universe, is a child care facility for children aged six weeks to 12 years old. With more than 1,600 early childhood education centers located throughout 39 states and Washington D.C., KinderCare also offers more than 600 morning and after school programs. According to Knowledge University, more than 500 are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC).
Choosing the Right Child Care for Your Child
Choosing child care is an important decision that requires some time to think it over, as you shouldn’t put your child into just any child care facility. Like you would, before purchasing or choosing anything else, you need to consider the happiness, health, and well-being of your child. It’s important to consider what you are looking for in a childcare facility. When making your careful and thought out decision, you may want to make a “pros and cons” list or ask yourself the following questions:
• Does the staff have daily communication with the parents regarding the progress and needs of your child?
• Is the facility clean, organized, and safe?
• Do the children have a routine that they follow, enjoy, and understand?
• Is your initial reaction to the center positive or negative?
• Can you visit the center at any time you like?
• Is there enough staff? What is the child to staff ratio and is it appropriate for the age and needs of your child?
• Are the materials and toys in the classroom age appropriate?
• Do the children that you see appear both engaged and occupied?
• Does the center seem like it would be a place that your child would enjoy and thrive in?
• How are disciplinary issues resolved?
• Do members of the staff regularly read to the children?
• If there are any hazardous materials are they kept under lock and key?
• Are the activities for the children geared towards learning?
• Do you feel that your child will be in a safe environment in the center?
• What is the procedure when children are ill?
• Do the staff members that you can see seem to be both patient and receptive to the needs of the children?
• Looking around the center, do you see a posted emergency plan?
• Would you feel comfortable placing your child there?
• What type of training does the staff have?
While these questions are meant to get you started thinking about an appropriate child care facility, you will most likely base your decision on cost, safety, and location. Don’t hesitate to speak with fellow parents about their opinion of the child care facility you are considering.
Quality Care and a Peace of Mind
The child care facility that you choose should make you feel welcome, comfortable, and safe. While it’s never easy to leave your child with someone else, you should not dread leaving your child at his child care nor should you worry about his well-being. If your child is receiving quality care he will show it and thrive like a happy and healthy child should. As a parent, you have the right to thoroughly investigate and gather information on your child care provider. Finding a well-suited provider will offer a peace of mind when you cannot be with your child. Your child deserves the best quality of care possible!