Finding childcare for your child

10 things to look for when finding childcare

Choosing childcare for your child can be an overwhelming experience because there is so much to think about. Does it suit your needs as a family, are the fees manageable, could you imagine your child being happy there? This could be the first time you are leaving your child so feeling confident in the decision you are making can sometime feel unimaginable.

Here are some top tips to help you when looking around different settings.

  • A friendly welcome for you and your child
  • Busy, relaxed children who seem happy and purposeful
  • Lots of different fun activities that are available all day
  • Quiet areas so your child has somewhere to relax
  • Activities that are planned around your child's interests
  • Trained and experienced staff who respond to your child's individual needs
  • A well resourced outside area available for your child throughout the day
  • Warm and happy staff that show genuine affection for your child
  • Lots of opportunities for your child to visit and get used to the new setting before starting
  • Different avenues to speak to staff freely about your child on a daily basis

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