The proper daycare environment can help ensure that your child is ready to transition to a traditional school setting when the time is right. Nevertheless, it can be difficult to find a daycare that you find suitable for the needs of your child. Here are a few things to consider as you choose the best day care for your little one:
Does the daycare offer a learning curriculum with which you agree?
Different children have different learning styles. You may have already recognized the type of environment in which your child learns best. For instance, some children tend to gravitate towards a very structured, disciplined learning environment. Others prefer a more free flowing, creative environment.
If your child loves to explore and seems to thrive in a creative environment, a Montessori-style learning curriculum may be best for him or her. This style of learning allows children to learn and grow at their own pace. However, the teacher still encourages the youngsters to develop a high degree of independence. If a child is learning at a pace that is faster than that of his or her peers, the child is allowed to progress instead of being held to a rigid curriculum that is based on the group instead of the individual.
More traditional learning curriculums may set goals for the entire class and systematically progress through the goals as the group masters them.
Does the daycare allow you to observe your child in the classroom?
Some facilities prohibit parents from easily accessing their youngsters due to protective safety measures that are observed to prevent a child from being harmed by a stranger. Before enrolling your child into a daycare program, it is best to speak to the director about the center's protocol for a parent accessing or observing his or her child.
Some centers may allow a parent to walk directly into the classroom of a child to observe the atmosphere that the child is subjected to during his or her day and to see how well the little one is adjusting to the new environment. This access can help the parent ensure that the child is having a good educational experience that will facilitate an easier transition into higher learning.
To review a daycare center in your area, schedule a consultation with the facility director so that you can ask questions. Remember to do your research on daycare centers thoroughly before you make a decision.