Babies are our most precious possession. As a parent we need to know that they are
going to be nurtured and cared for when they start their Child Care Journey. What do new parents need to look for when they are choosing a baby’s centre for their own little one.
First of all, you need to visit the centres in your area and ask questions until you are
satisfied that you have all the information you need to make you feel happy and secure.
There are some very important things you need to know. Are the Educators you are entrusting your baby with each day, fully qualified and experienced in their care of babies? Many experienced staff are parents themselves and can give advice and guidance regarding a feeding regime and routines that develop your baby in an environment where they are eager to explore.
Every baby is unique and they need to be catered to with individual schedules and
activities in a consistent and reliable environment. Often special diets are required for children who may have food allergies or sensitivities. Food provided from catering
facilities are not always the answer in the baby’s room. Safety is paramount throughout any childcare centre, but never more important than in a baby’s or toddler’s room. Make sure you watch the educator change a baby’s nappy. Did they take their hand off the baby at any time? An experienced educator will never do this.
Remember shiny and new is not always best. Look to see if the environment incorporates multi-sensory activities, music, storytelling, dramatic play. Is it warm and welcoming? Do the babies have separate play areas where they are safe and secure? Are they cared for from 6.30am to 5.15pm in their own baby environment?
Ask the question: Between what times will your child be in the baby’s room or will they be combined with older children for part of the day? Will they be safe in this combined area? Ask if the centre has connections in the Community to help Parents with children who may have needs further down the track. Or maybe new parents are currently struggling with sleep routines or needing help with baby’s diet. Parents need to feel confident that they can reach out for help. Look around the whole centre as your baby will more than likely progress through to other classrooms over the years.
Little Explorers has been caring for babies from 6 weeks of age for many years. We have been careful to select the Educators who work in our baby’s room. They are chosen first of all because they are extremely knowledgeable in childcare and we always look for an Educator who will provide a warm, caring and family-like atmosphere.
As a Family owned and operated centre we provide a safe, clean environment with
separate play areas especially for the babies. We invite Mums, Dads and Grandparents to come and visit our centre. We cater for all ages from 6 weeks to school age and are situated opposite the Worongary State School.