Criteria for a Good Childcare Centre

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Criteria for a Good Childcare Centre

Postby happypoppy » Sat Nov 01, 2008 2:14 am

Hi all,

I'll be arranging a trip to my shortlisted list of childcare centres before signing on. Can any mummy give insight into the criteria that distinguishes a good/ premier childcare centre from an average one?

To start the ball rolling:-
- Low teacher: toddler ratio with low turnover rate for teachers
- Montessori curriculum (learning through play)
- Caring and loving teachers (exhibiting a strong passion in educating kids rather than simply going through the motion)
- A vibrant learning environment
- Nutritious meals
- No or little TV

Please feel free to add to above list!

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Re: Criteria of a Good Childcare Centre

Postby ChiefKiasu » Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:09 am

happypoppy wrote:...I'll be arranging a trip to my shortlisted list of childcare centres before signing on. Can any mummy give insight into the criteria that distinguishes a good/ premier childcare centre from an average one?...


Hi happypoppy, your suggestion is excellent. I have stickied this thread to make it easier for new parents to refer to.

Here's my addition:
- Security: We don't want our kids to be taken away by strangers, or be let out without supervision.

- Openness: We want childcare services to be open about the issues they are facing, whether it is some infectious disease or to allow parents to monitor whatever is happening in the centre. If you are good, there is nothing to hide.

I'm ok with TV if they only show educational stuff. No cartoons, please.

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Postby heutistmeintag » Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:20 am

my additions -

- cleanliness
- safe playground
- emphasis on character building
- adequate library

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Postby luvmum » Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:44 am

Hi,

Criterias are just guiding pointers. Most important is the overall comfort level with both the school mgt and teachers esp and the environment. My principle is always that if I'm not even comfortable with any areas, I wouldn't subject my children to such area. Visit a few shortlisted cc and you can contrast and compare. From there, choose the one which you think provides the best environment for your child. There will be bound to have some areas you dislike, no CC is perfect. Will be good to go during lesson time, you get to see how lesson is conducted then to go when the school is empty and the principal can tell you all the good things but may not be so.

Hope this helps... :wink:

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Postby mintcc » Mon Nov 10, 2008 11:02 am

yes going to the cc to look see is definetly very important. in addition to the points listed above,

- Communication
I feel communication between the school,teachers and their willingness to work with the parents with particular issues with the kid is also very important.

e.g. when DS was 1.5 yr, he start to bite other kids. The teachers were very supportive and and we come out syncronised actions to get him to stop the habit. Now wtih toilet training, the current CC teachers also offer constant updated and tips on how to help him be diaper free.

- Plenty of Educational Toys / Art and Craft / Cooking (Learn tru play )
Whether there is Montessori curriculum is not so important.

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Postby toffee » Sat Nov 29, 2008 12:58 am

insider wrote:When I first wanted to choose a centre for my daughter about 14 years ago, one of the things that I actually looked at is what kind of toilet paper the centre is using... (my logic is if they even go to the extent of paying attention to using soft paper instead of rough recyled paper on kids' oh-so- fine buttock skin, then the centre will score points)... Many centres actually thrift on this. Go check the toilet paper used in your child's cc. hahaha...


Hi insider,

Interesting observation you have. Just wanted to share - during my visit to one of the more expensive childcare, i realised the teachers do not use toilet paper to clean the children (girls and boys) after they pee. i was so shocked. it seemed to me they were rushing to go through toileting - pull the kids pants midway, carry them up the toilet seat, if there's pee - good, if no pee, then down they come and pants are worn again. Can someone tell me is it the norm for childcare/preschool not to use toilet paper to wipe after peeing?

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Re: Criteria of a Good Childcare Centre

Postby kwcllf » Thu Dec 25, 2008 10:27 am

[Openness: We want childcare services to be open about the issues they are facing, whether it is some infectious disease or to allow parents to monitor whatever is happening in the centre. If you are good, there is nothing to hide]

I think this is extremely important................at my kid's childcare centre, they are always trying to be evasive when we brought up certain issues with them, such as the curriculum. This will have a detrimental effect on children's development.

Also, having a good curriculum does not make a childcare centre "GOOD". The principal we spoke to said their curriculum is approved by MCYS......but what good is it if it is not carried out in the right way. Worse still, they just go through the motion.

Hence, just Chief Kiasu said, they must be "OPEN" and parents have to keep their eyes and ears open all the time. Some may say "close one eye" but I don't agree if i comes to children welfare and development.

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Assessing Child Care Ctrs

Postby sunshine cheerful » Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:01 pm

Hello! I'll check with friends that have their children at the childcare. They would be able to give the best assessments. Personally, I won't send if I can't find a parent to find out whether the school carries out what it says it does. I also make it a point to talk to the principal as I believe she would run the school according to what she believes in. A strong emphasis on character building and values is impt to me. Because my boy is active, I also look for a school with teachers who dare to discipline with love.
Cheers!

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Postby kwcllf » Tue Dec 30, 2008 5:00 pm

Hi sunshine cheerful,

It's good to get references from your friends, if possible, before enrolling your children in a childcare. However, we may not have this avenue of checking.

Talking to the principal may also be "useful" to get an indication of how programmes are carried out................but still should take it with a pinch of salt. No principals in their right mind will "bad-mouthed" his/her childcare centre.

As I have always advocated, keep your eyes and ears open on what is going on. Also, speak to the kids all the time to find out what is happening. From my kid, I have found out that lessons have not been carried out for almost an entire week. All the children do is having "free-play". Of course, they can always argue that "free-play" enables children to role-play, socialise, etc.................But there must be a limit.

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Postby sunshine cheerful » Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:12 pm

ha ha ... rather than risk the hassle of changing schools etc... I'll probably just introduce myself to the parents fetching their children to seek their views :) can ask what they like best and what they like least to hear some of the down sides

as for talking to the principal, I am really after what she/he believes in or focuses on. Of course I agree that principals would not badmouth themselves.

The things we do for our little ones....

Cheers!

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