Choosing a childcare and early learning centre is an important decision for your child’s learning experience and future. To help you make a smart decision, here let’s talk about some of the factors to consider when choosing a childcare and early learning centre: 

Location and accessibility. Consider the centre’s location in relation to your home or workplace. Evaluate its accessibility, transportation options and proximity to essential amenities such as parks or libraries. Also ask about the centre’s operating hours and the times you can drop off or pick up your child. 

Safety and security. Look for centres with secure premises, childproofed environments, and safety protocols in place. Check for features such as secure entry systems, fenced outdoor play areas, proper supervision, and emergency procedures. 

Staff qualifications and experience. Ask about the qualifications and experience of the centre’s staff, including educators and administrators. Look for professionals with relevant early childhood education training, experience in childcare and a nurturing approach to working with children. 

Curriculum and learning approach. Understand the centre’s curriculum and learning approach. Consider whether it aligns with your values and educational goals for your child. Look for centres that offer a balance between structured activities and child-initiated play, with opportunities for social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Often, you’ll see early learning centres that emphasise play-based learning aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework. 

Environment and resources. Visit the centre and assess the learning environment. Look for stimulating and age-appropriate materials, books, toys and play areas. Check if the centre provides a variety of learning opportunities such as art, music, outdoor play, school readiness activities and hands-on experiences. 

Communication and parent involvement. Ask about the centre’s communication practices. Look for centres that maintain open lines of communication with parents through regular updates, parent-teacher meetings and opportunities for parent involvement in their child’s learning journey. 

Health and nutrition. Ask about the centre’s policies on health and nutrition. Inquire about meal plans, dietary restrictions, hygiene practices and how they handle illnesses. Ensure that the centre prioritizes the well-being and nutrition of the children in their care. 

It’s recommended to visit multiple centres, ask questions and observe interactions between the educators and children before making a decision. This will help you make an informed choice that aligns with your child’s needs, your family’s values and your expectations for quality childcare and early learning. 

About us 

To start, you can visit us here at Chatterbox Early Learning and Childcare. We are licensed by the Office of Early Childhood and operate under the guidelines of the National Quality Framework (NQF). Our Centre is also guided by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA). Contact us today.