Finding the right childcare setting for your baby is one of the most important decisions you have to make. After all, you want to ensure your baby will be in a loving and nurturing environment. If you decide to use a childcare center when you return to work, there is still one thing to do. You need to choose a center that meets your needs and philosophy.
When it comes to childcare centers, there several things to take into consideration. For instance, consider how many hours a day or week you need care. Do you need full-time, part-time or overnight care? Keep in mind, depending on where you live, not all childcare centers offer part-time infant care. Also, be sure to review the center’s hours of operation since opening and closing times can vary.
When you’re selecting a childcare center, you might also want to consider their approach to education. For example, one approach to childcare, which is popular around the world is Montessori.
The Montessori method of learning is child-centered. Schools that use this approach believe kids have a natural need to explore and learn. The theory is children educate themselves through everyday activities and they learn best when they are in an environment where they can do things for themselves.
Teachers create an environment where children can be independent, active and self-teach. Teachers are there to guide kids. But children are encouraged to learn at their own pace and are not pressured to reach certain milestones on a timetable.
Another educational approach some childcare centers use is the Waldorf method. The Waldorf philosophy to early childhood education involves a play-based approach to learning. Children have a predictable routine that includes plenty of opportunities for artistic and practical activities, such as painting, puppet play and singing. Academics are not strongly emphasized during early childhood. Although Waldorf believes in a broad curriculum, during preschool and primary grades imagination and free play are encouraged over math and reading.
A traditional approach to childcare is also an option. A traditional approach may include an emphasis on both social and academic development. Traditional childcare centers often offer a structured curriculum which is teacher led.
In a traditional childcare center, children tend to be grouped by age with a teacher leading activities that include a combination of academics and play. For example, toddlers may participate in circle time, which involves singing songs to learn their numbers and also be given time for free play.
Keep in mind, there is no right or wrong choice when it comes to choosing the best childcare center. It comes down to personal preference. Your best bet is to visit different childcare centers, talk with the staff and decide what feels right for you and your baby.
Written by MaryAnn De Pietro @writerlady34
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