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How Does a Childcare Provider Choose a Daycare?
Farah Devji-Jamani is a local provider childcare in the tri-cities area since 1992. She is the Director and President of www.thelearningcircle.ca and through this experience she has met many wonderful families. Here are her tips for preparing for your little ones first experience with Childcare.
As a childcare business owner, I have witnessed how difficult it is to drop off your child for the very first time. I know that gradual entry is an extremely important part of ensuring your child is set up for success. I also know that if the parent stays too long at drop off time, the child often has a harder time settling in. I thought I knew it all until the day came where I had to find childcare for my own daughter.
I always thought I would be the fortunate mom that could take her child to work and never have to find alternate care. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case – my childcare center did not have a program for children under the age of 3. I needed to undertake the same search that brought families to my centre.
I did my research and I checked out many facilities. I hated the whole process – it put a pit in my stomach and I shed many tears. The thought of leaving my baby with someone that wasn’t family really stressed me out. How was I going to trust them? How would they treat my only baby girl? Would they feed her properly? Would they cuddle her if she was sad? Would I ever feel comfortable leaving her in someone else’s care?
I did eventually find a place that met my needs. I invested time in gradual entry and got to know the people who would care for my daughter, but the first time I dropped her off was still difficult. It was hard to leave her and go to work where I hugged other people’s children and ensured their care and education was up to my standards. I knew I had to trust in the choice I made and I was sure my daughter was well taken care of. At pick up time, she was so happy to see me and some days she didn’t want to leave. It was reassurance that I did make the right choice!
Eventually I was able to provide care for children under 3 at my facility, so my daughter joined me here at The Learning Circle. I believe everything happens for a reason and this experience has made me more appreciative of the families here. I now truly understand and can relate to finding the right childcare center.
Farah’s Tips on Finding the Right Childcare Solution:
Take the time out to tour facilities.
Check out as many as you can to figure out what you do and don’t like (both are equally important).
Make sure you plan well in advance as many larger facilities have wait lists.
Ask plenty of questions.
Take the time to see the facility while in operation rather than after hours.
Observe to see how the teachers treat the children; is that how you want your child to be care & treated? To me, every child needs to be loved and hugged every day. You can’t over-love a child! Creating the love between a child and their teacher is the foundation of building trust and security.
My passion has always been creating an environment where children can be nurtured, grow with respect and be educated at their own developmental level. With over 20 years in owing a child care facility The Learning Circle. I believe in sharing my knowledge, my compassion and experience with others. I hope these tips are helpful and feel free to visit www.thelearningcircle.ca for more info.
Mrs. Farah Devji-Jamani
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