Tour a Early Childcare Center with Confidence
6 Differences Between a High Quality Early Childcare Center and a “Daycare”
1. Staff are Mobile, Not Just “Supervising”
Adults in the classrooms will be busy moving around, engaging with students, monitoring activities, tending to children’s needs, and stepping into interactions when needed. Teachers aren’t standing/sitting in one place, looking disinterested, or in a position where they need to raise their voice across a room.
2. Walls and Bulletin Boards Reflect the Children and Learning
You won’t see any sterile, empty walls. Artwork, photos, and children’s activities will be proudly displayed.
3. The Director is in the Business of Education
This isn’t someone who woke up one day and decided early education would be a lucrative business venture- they’re there because they truly have a passion for early learning and have a strong background in the education field.
4. Even the Chaos Seems Organized
Children should be given opportunity for free-play and exploration, but it should still seem purposeful and regulated even when the classroom is busy. Children aren’t running around the room aimlessly or out of control.
5. There is an Actual Curriculum or Basis for Learning
Activities seem to facilitate learning and are meaningful. Children are given different and creative methods to learn and explore as opposed to just scribbling or filling out worksheets.
6. Positive Vibes
Teachers are warm and uplifting in their interactions, management are friendly and supportive, and most importantly, children are happy.
By: Alex Kuhn, Assistant Director, Kiddi Kollege of Leawood