The Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on Quality Early Education and Child Care from Birth to Kindergarten January 2005 states, “children who attend high-quality early childhood programs demonstrate better math and language skills, better cognition and social skills, better interpersonal relationship, and better behavioral self-regulation than do children in lower-quality care.”
#1 The teacher to child ratio
How many children are partnered with one teacher? Every state has a teacher to child ratio for licensed schools. When the ratios are lower in accreditation centers. The lower the ratio the least health and safety issues.
#2 Developmentally Appropriate Practice
The key to DAP is when the teacher takes what she knows about the child development framework and knowledge of young children and uses this knowledge to create a learning environment for young children.
#3 Activities that promote learning
All schools have activities; however, as you look for a good school you want to look to see how is the activities promoting learning.
#4 Safety of the children
As you look around the room, ask yourself this question "Is this a safe place for children?". Be sure to look all around, at the floors, ceiling and in the corners for building maintenance problems. Sometimes the toys and equipment is safe but the building is falling apart.
#5 Emergency Preparedness Plan
This is a very important to have an emergency preparedness plan. Make sure the school has an emergency plan for medical, fire, tornado, hurricanes and all natural disasters.
#6 Patient & Receptive to Children Needs
Pay close attention to how the staff treats the children. For example, how long was a child upset or when a child was speaking to them did they response rapidly.
#7 Security of the Center
It is imperative that every school or daycare have security measures in place that they can articulate to you not just read off a sheet of paper. Emergencies happens to fast they need to have some procedures memorized.
#8 Balance Meals
Look around to see a posted menu, and look to see if they are following the menu the day of your tour or visit.
#9 Operation is state licensed
There is so many illegal day cares, therefore it’s important that you see the license of the school your child attend, this should be posted somewhere in the facility.
#10 Training & Educational Level of Staff
Training and Professional Development is a very good trait to look for in a school. When a staff member is continually trained he or she is more knowledgeable and abreast with the latest child development theories.
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