Choosing a daycare center in Orlando, Florida can be a stressful, overwhelming experience. This is understandable – after all, you are sending your beloved child to be with people who are not you!
There is so much to think about, even when you think you have finally found some good options. To help out, Learning Curve Academy has listed down some tips to help you choose the best daycare center for your child.
- School Environment
The best way to get a “feel” for the school would be to visit it. If possible, take your child with you. When visiting, make sure to observe the school environment. Do you and your child find the school welcoming? Does the environment seem safe? Are the facility and its surrounding areas clean? Are the staff positively engaged in the children?
Also, try to imagine your child in this school environment. Are there learning materials and toys that your child will find interesting? Try to assess the school environment through the eyes of your child to see if they will feel happy and comfortable in that setting.
- Programs and Curriculum
When visiting the school, make sure to ask about their programs and curriculum. Do they offer age-appropriate programs? What is their teaching philosophy? Do they offer age-appropriate toys and learning materials that will encourage your child’s development?
As a leading preschool in West Orlando, we offer comprehensive programs designed to meet the needs of children at each developmental stage. We offer Infant Care, Two’s and Early Preschool, Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten, and After School programs. Furthermore, we provide structured schedules that include plenty of time for quiet time, physical activity, classroom learning, individual and group activities, free time, and meals and snacks.
Now that you have an idea of the school’s environment and curriculum, make sure to check out their staff. Are the staff members licensed childcare providers? Do the staff (including the non-teaching staff) have a background in childhood development? Are the teachers trained in first aid, CPR, and infection control?
Aside from the staff’s professional qualifications, observe how they interact with the children. We recommend looking for staff interactions with children that are age-appropriate, warm, respectful, and that happens at eye-level.
Naturally, you want to know how much this is going to cost you. Make sure to ask about any registration and enrollment costs, hourly or weekly rates, and what those cover. For instance, the price may sound good but what if it only covers half-day when you need full-time care? Filling in those gaps can be quite pricey. Make sure that the schedule/cost balance works for you and your budget.
After taking all of the above tips into consideration, there is still one last thing that you can check: Your gut. Do you get a good feeling by being there? If something feels “off”, keep looking until you find one where you feel comfortable.