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What Makes a Successful Child Care Program?

What Makes a Successful Child Care Program?

September 22, 2015 | Ron Spreeuwenberg
It is one thing to operate child care programs day-to-day, but it is another thing to attain high quality child care programs that make a significant difference for children in your care

When considering what makes a successful child care program, many parents will look to basics such as the cleanliness of the facility, its reputation in the community, the ratio of staff to children, and if the child care center offers a safe environment for children. However, there are many other elements that contribute greatly to the success of a child care program that is designed to support the development of young children while satisfying the high expectations of parents. As an owner or director of a child care program, managing your center is of high importance. Read more about how to manage your child care program effectively here.

Here’s a look at some of the common characteristics found among the most successful child care programs:

A Great Curriculum

Your child care center’s curriculum should be designed to stimulate children through a variety of activities. Successful child care programs schedule time for daily physical activity, group programs, quiet time, individual activities and free play time. Care should be taken to select toys, crafts and other activities that are age-appropriate for the range of children who take part in your program.

Established Rules & Policies

While flexibility is important to an extent, your child care program should have clear regulations when it comes to your hours of operation, emergency procedures, or sick child policies. Having these types of policies in writing demonstrates to parents that you take your responsibility (the care of their child) very seriously.

High-Quality Staff

Even if you have an excellent curriculum prepared, any child care program you design cannot be successful unless you have high-quality, qualified staff to help execute it. Look to hire staff who have a background in early childhood education along with other health and safety qualifications such as first aid and CPR training. In addition to hiring highly qualified staff, you should work towards retaining your talented staff members so children can benefit from consistent and stable care.

Attention to Health & Safety

A child care program should pay the utmost attention to the health and safety of the staff and children involved. While a clean facility is a must, highly successful child care programs also take care to ensure total safety in all regards. Seemingly small details like working smoke detectors, accessible fire extinguishers and a well-stocked first aid kit are all keys to ensuring children are safe in the case of emergencies. Your facility itself should also be highly secured to prevent unwanted visitors from entering.

Parent Involvement

Parents often look for child care programs that invite them to visit the facility and participate whenever they’d like. If your child care center discourages parent visits or asks that they arrange their visit in advance, parents may feel as though you have something to hide. Additionally, you should maintain open and consistent communication with parents to keep them up to date on their child’s progress as well as handle any concerns they may have. Keeping parents engaged in your child care program will benefit not only them, but also their child and the success of your facility.

Remember that what makes a child care program successful goes beyond just the basics! In order to increase the success of your program, consider incorporating some of the above tips and suggestions into your center’s operations.

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