Signs of a good daycare center
Reputation : The references you talk to should be very happy with the center/ management. If they are unsure or have doubt, you probably will too.
Caring and qualified staff : The staff should be enthusiastic and interact with the children in a positive way that shows they really care. The staff should have a philosophy about discipline, baby feeding and sleeping that follows your philosophy. The employees should be educated with at least two years of college, a background in child development, along with first aid training and knowledge of CPR.
Safe, clean facility : A good center has floors, walls, bathrooms, kitchen and changing stations that are clean, well lit, and ventilated. There should be established policies on how to keep things clean, when and how often hands are washed, and how to keep baby products and equipment in safe working order. The center should have an emergency plan, with first aid kits, fire extinguishers, and childproof storage areas. All general child safety issues should be followed.
Established rules and policies : A good center will be flexible but it should follow set hours, have enforced rules on sick children, and will require checkups and immunizations to prevent the spread of illness. The center should have an open door policy that allows you to stop for a visit unannounced. If they don’t have this policy, they might be hiding something.
A complete schedule of learning & activity : Good centers will have a schedule that allows for play time, quiet time, individual activities, meals, snacks, and group activities. One thing that should not be included in a good schedule is TV and videos. A good center teaches a wide variety of topics, while at the same time, teaching things appropriate for the age group. Also look for toys that are appropriate for the age of your child. These toys should be fun, while letting the child be imaginative and creative.
Researchers at Ohio State University looked at what happened to those participants in the study who reported that while reading a piece of fiction, they found themselves “feeling the emotions, thoughts, beliefs and internal responses of one of the characters as if they were their own.” The researchers call this particular reaction “experience-taking.” It’s known among avid readers as “losing you in a good book.”
In one study, participants who achieved “experience-taking” after reading a book about overcoming obstacles to voting reported a higher rate of voting in an election that occurred just a few days later.
Another study, experience-taking participants who had read about a gay or non-white character reported greater sympathies for those groups in real life.
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