Giving My Child The Skills To Grow

5 Things To Consider When Choosing A Child Care Service Or Kindergarten

by Albert Davidson

Whether you are planning to go back to work after having a baby, or simply looking for a child care facility that will allow your child to mix with other children of a similar age, finding the right child care or kindergarten option can be a stressful affair. There are many child care options on offer, and you'll need to decide what matters most to you and your child before you choose one. For example, you may need a kindergarten that can look after your child all day, or you may be looking for a facility that offers help with special needs. In this article we'll take a look at some of the most important factors when looking for a child care solution. 

1. Educational Philosophy

It is highly important that whatever kindergarten or child care facility you choose shares your educational philosophy. For example, many facilities offer a setting that encourages learning through play. Many also offer activities that instill confidence in children and expose them to different cultures and backgrounds. 

2. Travel Time

Getting to and from the child care facility is another factor you'll need to consider, especially if you plan on going back to work. Look for schools that offer a convenient drop off and pick up time that fits with your schedule. A kindergarten that requires a long commute may not be the best option, especially on days when you may be delayed or particularly tired from a long day.

3. Cost

Many child care facilities can be very expensive. While you may receive assistance with fees from the government, you will usually have to pick up some of the bill yourself. Knowing what each month's fees are or how much you will be paying over the year will allow you to budget.  

4. Safety

The location of the kindergarten or child care facility and the safety measures in place will be a top priority for any parent. Look for facilities that offer tight security and which have strict supervision policies in place. For example, children playing outside should always have at least one person watching over them. 

5. Extras

Many child care and kindergarten facilities offer extras. Although they may come at a price they can often be of huge benefit to busy parents. For example, many facilities offer a hot meal in the evenings which can be particularly helpful if you are picking up your child straight from work. Music lessons, school trips and additional academic lessons may also be on offer.