Choosing your child's caregiver can be a challenge for any parent. Feel free to use the helpful checklist below when making your final decision.
Look for child care programs that provide:
- Highly-skilled staff;
- Small class sizes;
- High adult-to-child ratios;
- A language-rich environment;
- Age-appropriate curriculum;
- Stimulating materials in a safe physical setting;
- Warm, responsive interactions between staff and children.
Look for a caregiver who:
- Expresses a strong understanding of the developmental changes that occur in the years from birth through age 12 and knowledge on how to support children's learning during these years;
- Displays respect for each child's unique abilities and culture;
- Provides fun, engaging activities related to the interests of the children;
- Models and promotes emotional health as well as positive relationships with and amongst children;
- Displays a genuine interest in open communication with parents.
About the expert:
Paula Brunkard, M.Ed., B.A., R.E.C.E., has been teaching in the Early Childhood Education program at Fanshawe in Clinton since 2014. She has dedicated over 30 years to the well-being of young children and their families. Brunkard has provided individual consultation to families as well as child care and early learning programs for children with exceptionalities.