The Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid When looking for a Childcare Center or Preschool

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When you are looking for a childcare center or a preschool program you need to do your research on centers and schools in your area. You need to make sure that the school will be the most appropriate for your child’s needs. Not all centers or preschools are right for every child. So here are the top ten mistakes to avoid when looking for a childcare center or preschool.

    1. The first mistake to avoid is finding a school that has a bad reputation. You want to make sure that there is plenty of good feedback about the center your child will be attending. If there is already bad talk about it then most likely is a bad choice.
    2. The second mistake is choosing a school that does not have good academic standards. You need to make sure the childcare center has well-qualified and experienced teachers.
    3. The third mistake to avoid is picking a childcare center that is not located close to where you are going to be during the day. If there is an emergency you don’t want to have to travel a long way to get to your child.
    4. The fourth mistake to avoid is making your decision based on price and not finding out if the school is going to meet your child’s needs. You should look for a center where the staff is devoted to the children.
    5. The fifth mistake some parents make when finding the right center is not listening to the child. Give your child the opportunity to spend the day in the center so that he/ she can get an impression about the facility.
    6. The sixth mistake is not finding out what type of disciplinary action the school practices. You need to find out how the school handles challenging behaviors.
    7. The seventh mistake is not finding out if the teachers are credentialed to work in a childcare center. It is also important to find out how long they have been working in childcare and in the center you are looking into.
    8. The eighth mistake some parents make is not paying attention to hazards on the playground and in the classrooms. You want to know that your child will be safe at all times. You should also make sure that the toys, learning materials; tables and chairs inside are properly sanitized.
    9. The ninth mistake is not knowing how much time your child will be playing and how much time he/she will be learning.
    10. The tenth mistake is not finding out how involved you can be as a parent in the program.

All these mistakes will help you place your child in the most appropriate childcare center or preschool program for him or her. Taking time to research on the school will help you to relax and also help your child to be more comfortable in the environment when you are away.


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