When choosing the right child care arrangements for you and your family you should:
Have a clear picture of what you want for your child
- What sort of social and cultural experiences do you want for your child while they are in care?
- Would your child be happier in a smaller, more ‘home like’ environment or in a larger group, so that they can mix with more children?
- If your child is approaching school age, would you prefer for them to be in care with children who they might be going to school with in the future?
Think about how formal care is going to fit into your child’s and your day
- Does your child have siblings? Would you prefer to have them spend more time together and support one another in the same caring environment or do you want them to spend time independently, with children their own age?
- Is it easier for you to have your child care and early learning service closer to your home, your place of work or perhaps an older sibling’s school?
- Will you need formal care every day of the week or just occasionally on some days or for only a few hours? Can you mix-and-match formal care with other regular arrangements such as trusted friends or family members?
Speak with the director or educators before making a decision
- Call your preferred child care and early learning service
- Confirm places are available for the times and days you need
- Arrange a visit to the service
Ask a variety of questions:
- How will I know what activities my child has done that day?
- What is the sleeping routine like in my child’s room?
- How will my child’s heritage be incorporated in the education programme?
- How does the service reflect the community in which it is located?
Look at the indoor and outdoor areas of the service:>
- Is it clean and safe?
- Is it welcoming?
- Does it meet your child’s needs?
- Meet the educators at the service and make sure you and your child feel comfortable interacting with them
More information on choosing a quality child care service can be found in the Child Care Fact Sheets