As a childcare centre director serving Queens Park and other Perth suburbs, I make it a point to keep up on contemporary research in the field. I feel it is extremely important for us to keep up to date on all ways we can improve the quality of care we give.
During the last ten years, there has been a lot of research on the effect of parents working on children. All conclusions have pointed to two relationships as being the most important: that between parent and child and that between carer and child.
The most important thing to remember about the relationship between carer and child is that the child needs it to be positive and nurturing or they won’t feel secure. Research indicates that children benefit the most by having a familiar face as a carer for at least one year and ideally throughout the entire child care process.
A positive emotional connection with a carer has a positive effect on your child’s emotional health. It is an early form of mentoring and is extremely important. However, you must also remember that the most important connection is with the parents.
Does Your Carer Really Care? What to Look For in a Childcare Centre
Your child’s carer should be a good match for your child’s temperament. The carer must be able to meet your child’s emotional needs.
You should always look for a good ratio of carers to children. The carer needs to be able to multi-task and make your child feel he or she is important. This is only done by paying attention and being there for your child. If possible, you want a carer who is able to have a strong, continuous and positive relationship with your child.
The best way to know is to observe your carer’s interaction with your child. Make surprise visits to your childcare centre. Communicate with your child’s carer on a regular basis. Make sure your child is appropriately challenged, safe and learning through play on a regular basis.
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If you need child care in Queens Park or any other Perth suburb, call your nearest Cuddles Childcare Centre today.