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It’s a fact of modern life that increasingly more infants and toddlers are spending time each day in some type of childcare setting. Choosing the best childcare for your child can seem overwhelming as there are many options to choose from – each with their own benefits and disadvantages. What is important is that whatever option you choose, your child feels safe, secure and happy.
Don’t be swayed by beautiful venues, exceptional resources and policy documents which seem to tick all the right boxes – what research has consistently shown is that the childcare provider (i.e. the person who attends to your child) is the most important element in quality childcare.
The way children are treated by caregiving adults shapes their development (even the way their brain becomes wired and functions) so it is essential to find a childcare professional who both understands and nurtures your child’s learning through the everyday moments. For example, does the caregiver talk to your baby during a nappy change, comfort or sing to him or her if they are protesting? Or is the nappy change conducted silently, with little attention paid to the child’s experience?
Positive relationship between your child and their caregiver are created when the caregiver:
Caregivers need to be sensitive and accepting of your child’s individuality as well as any difference in your family’s culture, ethnic background and customs. Caregivers should recognise your child’s:
and be comfortable with them and plan accordingly.
A quality environment is well planned and invites children to learn and grow. Caregivers need to provide: