Let’s face it: not all daycares are the same. Some daycares only meet the bare minimum state standards, while others go above and beyond to provide the safest, cleanest, most educational space they can.
Every parent wants their child enrolled in a high-quality daycare. But what are the defining characteristics for quality childcare? Here are three ways:
Stimulating Schedule and Environment
Childcare is more than making sure children stay out of trouble, eat their veggies, and get a nap on time. The daycare’s environment is what will shape your child’s understanding of the world, their creativity, and their drive to learn.
Some daycares may skimp on creating a learning schedule and sticking to it. But at Children’s Academy, we use The Learning Box for preschool ages and Mother Goose Time for early preschool ages. These curricula ensure children’s development is stimulated by age-appropriate gross and fine motor tasks, music, and early childhood education.
Even babies and toddlers have a schedule! These young children grow exponentially when exposed to music, books, and simple arts and crafts.
Safe and Sanitary Space
A facility that cares for dozens of children can get messy very quickly. It’s imperative that the staff employ proper sanitation practices to reduce the spread of germs and prevent accidents from happening.
The daycare space should also be a safe one: toys should be age-appropriate, first aid kits should be available, cleaning supplies should be locked away from a child’s reach, shelves should be anchored to the wall, and more.
Licensed Business and Staff
Daycares must be licensed by the state of Kentucky in order to operate legally. These licenses must be renewed annually. Check to ensure your daycare has a valid business license. You can also view if your daycare ever had a lapsed or revoked license.
Daycares are required by law only to employ staff who have undergone a background check and maintain certain health qualifications, like a negative TB test.
What sets quality daycares above average daycares is when staff continues to grow in their childcare skills. Seminars, conferences, or in-house training are great ways to maintain a high standard of childcare.
At Children’s Academy, we check all the boxes for quality childcare! Our curriculum and schedule are exciting for all ages, we maintain a safe and sanitary space, and our business is licensed and our staff continues to grow in their field. If you’re looking for quality childcare in the South Louisville area, check out Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool!
If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!