The Importance of Choosing the Right Childcare Centre
Whether it was a matter of months or years, your child was largely with you for the first part of your life – and now it’s someone else’s turn! It’s a big decision, selecting a childcare centre in Auckland for your child, and an important one, too. Here’s why quality childcare is so valuable for your child – and some tips to help you choose the right one.
As a childcare provider, here is how we can play a significant role in child development
It’s incredible how much the brain develops in the first five years of a child’s life. Every moment is an opportunity for learning, and the centre you choose should foster this development by:
• Offering tailor made learning plans and goals for each child
• Being filled with friendly, nurturing and passionate teachers
• Providing varied materials to help build your child’s cognitive skills
• Providing plenty of outdoor exploration
• Introducing new activities regularly, from baking to yoga, music to dance.
A love of learning starts at preschool
A childcare centre is where a child will form their earliest relationship with formal learning, so childcare centres need to create a positive learning environment. They should provide a safe and engaging space where children will pursue their innate interests. It should offer gentle encouragement as children push their boundaries and try new things. When early learning is focused around curious exploration, trial and error, and problem solving, the seed for lifelong learning has been planted. Here at Little Engines Montessori childcare in Grey Lynn, we think we’ve got it just right.
At Little Engines childcare Grey Lynn, there’s endless opportunities for children to interact with one another. Younger children engage in parallel play and as they grow, you’ll see your child start to form friendships. But unlike play groups, play dates and family gatherings, at our centre they get the empowering experience of developing these social skills on their own.
Getting ready for school
For older preschool children, childcare offers the opportunity to prepare for school. Children have the advantage of being familiar with other children and teachers. They will have built up a strong sense of self and an ability to learn on their own. They’ll also have the stamina to keep up with a full school day. Ask if your childcare centre facilitates a school transition programme, perhaps by discussing the topic or even connecting with local schools for visits.
Follow your intuition
Like a lot of things in parenthood, choosing the right childcare centre is best when you follow your gut instinct. If you’re looking for a centre that just feels right to both you and your child, try Little Engines Montessori. We are a team of passionate teachers dedicated to providing strong educational outcomes and lifelong learning skills for children in a warm and nurturing environment.
We’re located in Grey Lynn, a short distance from Westmere, Ponsonby, Mt Eden, Newmarket and Sandringham. Be sure to check out Little Engines Montessori Grey Lynn on Google Maps. Book in a visit today!