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    I need to start looking into childcare ASAP. Can anybody let me know what to ask for when visiting or things to take note of? I am preferring childcare centres rather than FDC.

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    Experienced educators, diversity of learning opportunities (animals, gardens), additional included classes (languages, sport, dance), demonstrated community networking...

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    I looked at a few and I liked seeing all the carers on the floor playing with the kids or down on the kids level. We looked at 3 where the carers were in a huddle or sitting down not interacting with the kids. Play based learning (which most do). Our centre isn't the most modern building but I love that the walls are covered with art and the carers are really professional. My toddler is in a smaller room so about 12 kids (to 3 carers) which I like.

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    Is the centre clean, are the staff interacting with the children, do the resources look well cared for.

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    Ultimately, are you comfortable with the educators who will be looking after your child. Ask to see the room where your little one will be, and chat to the educators about what they do, etc, and see how they interact with the kids. Whether they've got a guinea pig or not is secondary 😉

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    Take your child with you for a play, talk to educators, would you like to stay there for a day?
    Watch the educators how they talk/interact with the children.
    Look at your surrounding when you go
    Is there activities set up
    Are the toys well cared for
    Is it messy
    Are they organised

    See how your child reacts at the centre
    Do they want to stay?
    Does she cry?
    Lots of things to think about and observe in a centre

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    Opening hours, will they be open during Xmas/ny period, policy with casual days/sick days and holidays, food rules, nappies provided or not.



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    Spend some time at each centre you're considering and go with the one that feels like the best fit. The first one I went to, I knew immediately it wasn't the one for DD. it felt very 'cold', almost institution-like :/ it wasn't friendly or colourful. The carers were young and seemed inexperienced. They suggested leaving DD for a couple of hours 'whenever you want' to see how she goes. At the second centre when I asked if I should do the same thing they said absolutely not, not without fully enrolling her and booking her in, for legal and ratio requirements. Which I found incredibly comforting! It was bright, colourful, lovely carers both male and female, who were engaging and interacting beautifully with the kids. It was an obvious choice you'll know!

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    Food provided or not (I won't pick somewhere that I have to provide food).

    Do the kids look happy?

    Are there lots of snotty noses not getting wiped?


 

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