Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    List an Event/Business    Contact    Login
Join the Sydney Mums Facebook Group to ask questions, seek advice, share experiences and join a vibrant and supportive community.

Finding the Right Child Care Centre

by Brydie (follow)
Chief Editor, Sydney Mums Group www.brydiewright.com www.facebook.com/DaddyandtheWorldsLongestPoo
Kid Friendly (564)      Parenthood (20)      Motherhood (14)      Preschoolers (6)      Child Care Centres (6)     
What To Look For in a Great Child Care Centre.

Five years ago, the child care centre landscape in Sydney was different than it is today. Centres and places were scarce, making it a very stressful world for new parents to enter. I can remember enrolling my son when I was only half way through my pregnancy, knowing I would have to go back to work right after the government’s paid parental entitlement ran out. It was only through persistence and being at the right place at right time, that I managed to enrol him in the centre of my choice.

In 2018, I am noticing a culture change. There are new day care centres popping up on every corner to match the family population explosion. This puts parents in a stronger position. The more day care centres within striking distance, the more choice you have.

Day care centres are proliferating but do the services match up to the image projected?


Learn how to take amazing family photos with your smartphone!
Do you need an updated family photo?
Not every day care centre is created equal, though and just because it is new, may not mean it is better resourced or offering better services than more established centres in the neighbourhood.



Wall Mural


I've been most impressed by the efforts of one of my local centres. Management has acknowledged growing competition in the market and has strengthened its own offering. The centre Director at Ekidna-Dee Why School of Early Leaning, is working hard to earn every new enrolment. Ekidna (as with many other centres), holds Open Days, a family-fun morning, showcasing the centre's facilities and its rich resources. These centres know how to throw parties with face-painting, kindy farm, balloons, BBQ and a demonstration of one of the optional sporting activities on offer to those enrolled.

What I love about this idea is that it gives new and expectant parents the opportunity to see how a centre operates and find out more about its facilities and staff in an informal environment. You would do this with a primary school, high school, or a college, so why not an early childcare service?



Happy Child at Daycare
A happy and included child is a sign of a good day care facility


Finding the right day care centre is a daunting task for a first-time parent and it is difficult to judge quality from a quick centre tour, google searches or phone enquiries. Openly welcoming parents to a showcase morning is a way to show them you are keen for their enrolments and make them feel comfortable with a centre they are considering.

The Brewvale Sessions - Pies, Beers, and Spirits event gives you an insider look at the secret world of pies, boutique brewers and distillers, all within Brookvale's industrial heartland. The first event is this Saturday!
The Sydney Crochet Club meets fortnightly to learn crochet, meet other Sydney mums, and have a good chat. Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, everyone is welcome to come along!
The me of five years ago, would have loved to know what I know now about child care centres. A few things I would recommend newbie parents to look out for are: -

Does the centre suit your working hours? Is it long day care (7am - 6pm) or does it have condensed hours?

Does the centre have an in-house cook who provides a nutritionally prepared weekly menu, or will you need to provide meals for your child?

Does the centre foster friendly and open communication with parents? Do they have a social media platform that makes it easy to get updates about what your child is learning and what events are coming up?

Do they offer incursions and any other extra-curricular opportunities that parents can opt into for their children (such as dancing, yoga or sports?)

Does the centre have a good school readiness programme for those approaching school age?



Centre events
A good centre will invite families to celebrate special occasions


If you do your research and take time to compare fees versus services and the opportunities provided, you may end up finding a lot of variance in the centres in your area. This will put you in the position of making an informed decision and will go a long way to finding the centre that is right for you and your family's needs. The more you can find out about a centre's ethos, the more comfortable you will feel making the choice.

#Parenthood
#Motherhood
#Kid Friendly
#Preschoolers
#Child Care Centres


Featured
Reece at Setup Sync & Learn specialises in all Apple devices for setup, troubleshooting, and teaching technology in everyday language. Suitable for beginners up to advanced users, Reece will come to you (by appointment only) for one-on-one or small group tailored training in the comfort of your own home or office.
Throughout October, visit your favourite Vinnies Shop for good quality, pre-loved fashion buys and then on Friday 26th October, wear and share your fabulous Vinnies looks on social media using #DressedbyVinnies.
26 Oct
Is someone in your life graduating soon? Whether their achievement is preschool, primary school high school, TAFE or university, celebrate their big day with pride!
During this 3-hour class with Look Academy, you will learn everything you need to know about great personal makeup and how to apply it to yourself.
Do you need an updated family photo?
28 Oct - 8 Dec
Learn how to take amazing family photos with your smartphone!
The Sydney Crochet Club meets fortnightly to learn crochet, meet other Sydney mums, and have a good chat. Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, everyone is welcome to come along!
3 Nov
The Brewvale Sessions - Pies, Beers, and Spirits event gives you an insider look at the secret world of pies, boutique brewers and distillers, all within Brookvale's industrial heartland. The first event is this Saturday!
6 Oct - 27 Oct
Join the conversation on the Sydney Mums Facebook Group


Enjoy affordable family photography from MyFamilyPhoto.com.au

I like this Article - 8
More Articles by Brydie
view all articles by Brydie
My Google Plus Profile
ID: 51058
Learn how to take amazing family photos with your smartphone!
Do you need an updated family photo?
The Brewvale Sessions - Pies, Beers, and Spirits event gives you an insider look at the secret world of pies, boutique brewers and distillers, all within Brookvale's industrial heartland. The first event is this Saturday!
The Sydney Crochet Club meets fortnightly to learn crochet, meet other Sydney mums, and have a good chat. Whether you're a complete beginner or a seasoned pro, everyone is welcome to come along!
[ Submit a Comment ]
Calendar
Categories
January (52)
March (55)
April (51)
May (94)
June (95)
July (96)
August (88)
September (104)
October (106)
 
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version