What is quality?
A degree of excellence, as defined by Webster’s dictionary.
What is quality childcare?
- Should be more than custodial
- Should offer a planned program where the activities meet the developmental needs of the child
- Offers age appropriate activities
- Children receive individual attention
- Children learn how to get along with others
- Educated staff and enough staff to hold, talk to, or encourage the child to become independent. Staff should have a positive attitude and be very energetic
- Bright, well lit room that is clean and comfortable (but not too clean)
- A variety of toys and equipment for play and learning that are in good repair
A typical program should include:
- Lots of time for play
- Outside time
- Conversation times between adults and children
- Time for games
- Time for stories
- Time for musical activities
- Time for sensory activities (activities involving water, sand, play-doh)
- Time for artistic activities (painting and coloring)
- Toddlers should have lots of room to move freely about the room