How do you choose a creche? What is most important? Is it Montessori? A Nigerian of British curriculum? A Blended curriculum?
There are so many questions when it comes to choosing a school for your child. The considerations when you are choosing a crèche versus a primary school are slightly different. For example, when choosing a crèche you might be more concerned about the number of cots versus the curriculum.
When a creche is chosen carefully, it can be a great place for children to spend their first few years of life. Start with a list of the things that are important to you and that you will not compromise on. Understand why you are choosing to send your child to a crèche? Is it all day or for a couple of hours a day? When you are clear on why it is easier to choose the best option for your budget.
Make Your List of Priorities
Some priorities should be non-negotiable such as ensuring that the school offers a safe, healthy environment where children are well cared for and encouraged to build friendships with other children. A creche should provide children with a learning environment where they are free to try new things.
If you work long hours, perhaps you resume early and close late, and you might desire a daycare with extended hours without a late fee pickup penalty. If physical activity is important for you, then a crèche that has grounds so the children can get outside or a pool to learn swimming might be top of your list.
Take your time and be intentional when choosing a creche for your child. Do not feel you are being fussy or have the mentality that “it is only a daycare”. In reality where your child spends the first few years of their lives is as important as where they go to college.
You should always ask for recommendations and feedback from other parents. In addition, be sure to visit the school and ask to see the classrooms. As you do this, make a note of how the children are interacting. The right school should have children who are playing happily and being positively engaged. I would avoid any school where the children seem unhappy or cry excessively.
Determine your priorities as you consider a crèche and then stick use this as a guide. Because choosing a daycare or creche for your child is one of the most important decisions you can make for them.
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