Selecting the Right Child Care Center

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Choosing child care can be stressful for parents. Little Eggs makes the decision making process easier. Selecting a child care center is one of the most important decisions parents have to make. Parents want to select a center that meets high quality care and nurturing for child development. Little Eggs goes above and beyond the standards required for safety, education and nurturing.

Physical Center (Indoor and Outdoor)

  • Is the center safe and secure?
  • Are the toys and materials sufficient for the number of children in the classroom and developmentally appropriate for the age groups?
  • Are there obvious hazards such as dangerous substances, electrical cords, uncovered electrical outlets, cleaning materials or medications accessible to children?
  • Is the outdoor play equipment sturdy and in good condition?
  • Are the teachers interacting with the children while on the playground?

Classroom

  • Does the children have an opportunity to experience outside learning and free play?
  • Are there sufficient learning centers in each classroom: art, library, dramatic play, science, etc.?
  • Is there a curriculum?

Interaction between Staff/Children/Parents

  • Are there enough teachers for the number of children in the classroom?
  • Are children allowed to make choices throughout the day?
  • Do the children seem occupied and engaged by their activities?
  • Are teachers handling conflict among the children in a positive manner?
  • Is there a daily method of communication between the teacher and parents?

Operation/Policy

  • Are parents encouraged to drop in and visit at any time?
  • Does the center serve nutritious meals/snacks?
  • Are parents encouraged to participate and be involved?
  • Does the center enroll children with special needs?