BLOG: Daycare warning signs
I cried on my first daughter’s last day at day care. The teachers were amazing; she made some fantastic friends, and had learned so many special and different things. Even though I was fortunate enough to only have her in for two days a week, starting after she reached three, her experience enriched our home times and helped prepare her for new adventures once she turned five. You should be really happy about the childcare you choose, so here is a list of warning signs when selecting childcare.
1. Piles of crying children with no one attending to their needs. I know kids cry, but if there is not a lot of comforting going on then who will be attending to your wee one if they get upset.
2. Teachers talking to each other and ignoring kids. I really like teachers to talk to me when I come into a centre, but Ii Like it even more if they talk to my child. Our children deserved to have their emotional needs met.
3. Same old same old. If you visit a few times and the same activities are out every time your child may get bored. Bored children misbehave. Ask your centre to explain how they vary their programme.
4. Television Babysitting. If your centre uses a television on a regular basis to entertain your child, your child is missing out. Too much TV is not beneficial for children. A book corner is much better.
5. Lots of growling and shouting. Teachers are trained to find creative ways to say no. They are not there to instill fear into your child. If there is a negative atmosphere with plenty of put downs and shouting your child will not enjoy their time.
6. High staff turnover. Your child will benefit most from a stable environment. Children will often bond with one or two of the teachers rather than all of them, so changing faces can be very unsettling.
7. Lack of hygiene. With so many children in one place regular hand washing before meals and after toileting is essential. Ask to see the toilet facilities for your child, and what teachers expect form the children in the way cleanliness. Are there plenty of tissues around for runny noses and spills?
8. Aggressive behaviour amongst the children. Preschoolers often need help sorting out their problems. They require adults to guide them through making things right with the children they have wronged, and solving friendship issues.
Children are placed in childcare for a variety of reasons from necessity to life style choice. No child should be in a place where they feel scared, anxious or alone. It is our job as parents to find the best place for them we can.