The Fears of Choosing a Child Care Facility Part Two
Welcome back for part two! If part one was helpful for you, please give a share on Facebook or Instagram in order to help more families like yours.
I hope that the last part made it so that you know how important is for families to interview prospective preschools and child care providers. I was watching a TV show last night with my husband, and in the show, it was depicted in the way that preschools will interview the families and choose them based on their abilities and services that they can provide for the school. THIS IS NOT HOW IT SHOULD BE. The schools need you to pay for the services, but your needs are more important. Families need the school to nurture development in all areas, provide empathy, share resources, and take care of your child physically and emotionally. The media has erased that from our collective minds, and makes it seem like you should be providing services (money, diversity, fundraising, donations equal to monetary value) for the schools, when in reality, that is not the case. You have the ability to interview them, and I am hoping that the tools provided in part one will help you know what to question.
Alongside from providing your own sense of safety and security in the school, interviewing schools in this manner pushes the overall system of childcare to improve. When families take the power in this scenario, demanding quality care, then in the name of “supply and demand,” overall quality will rise. I beg of you- expect quality of us teachers, and overall the system will have no choice but to improve.
I wanted to make a part two and will be making a part three, because I wanted to individually address two more topics. I wanted to address “Discipline Policies” and “Social-Emotional Curriculum.”
Families, this should be included in your interview questions of the childcare center that you are choosing. Teachers, this should be included in your interview questions so that you know what to expect when you start the job, and be able to determine if it is a policy that you can agree with and are comfortable using.
What should the policy look like?
Just like curriculum should be designed to meet the developmental needs of a child, a discipline policy should be developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) as well.
In a nut-shell, it is important to make sure that the school’s discipline policy matches what the fields of psychology and child development are finding in the most recent and respected studies. Next week, I will continue with Social-Emotional Skills that support the ability to discipline a child and teach them how to be safe.
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Wishing you well,