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Choosing an Early Childhood Education Service

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Nowadays, parents start thinking and planning about their child’s education as soon as that child is born. Due to the fact that many programs have waitlists or quite long admission processes, it is never too early to actually begin some kind of a process in order to get the child into a good education center. In recent years, Australian Government has committed extra funding to make child care more affordable, more accessible, and more flexible through the Jobs for Families Child Care Package, which represents the most significant reform to the early education and care system in the last 40 years and will better target childcare support to those who want or need to work, or who want to work more. As it is, there are many different approaches to education, so it is very important for parents to really think about what they want for their child and what method is best suited both for the parents and the child.


Things to take into consideration

Early education can include education of children since birth up to six years of age but in order to help your child develop into a well-rounded person there are other things the child needs to learn beside the alphabet, numbers and colors. If you are a parent looking for good child care centers in Brisbane, you must research what they are offering. Children need relaxed, friendly and safe environment so it is important to think if a center offers healthy ingredients for children’s food, if the playground is safe and architecturally designed for children and if the sleeping rooms are comfortable. What is also important is whether the center takes into consideration the family’s and thus the child’s religious, cultural or nutritional needs. Probably the most important aspect when it comes to choosing the right educational center is the teachers. It is crucial that the teachers are qualified and professional but you also want them to be aware how important it is that both parents and the education professionals equally participate in childhood education.


Choosing the best early education service

Maybe the very first step parents need to take is doing a research of what kinds of programs are offered. This way, they can short list the available options and continue doing a more narrow research. While all programs try to help a child develop social skills, a play-based program might be the best option if this aspect of childhood development is most important to you as a parent. A play-based classroom should have age-appropriate books and activity areas with hands-on toys which will help your child interact with other children. While preschools don’t usually have a formal educational curriculum, you may want your child to be a part of a more academically-oriented education program. While these types of centers don’t actually treat the children as mini adults, they do use hands-on activities to teach children through play. Some programs that intertwine academics with play are language immersion programs, developmental education and the Montessori model.

Nowadays, speaking at least one language aside from the mother tongue is a must so many parents decide to enroll their children into programs that also include the use of a foreign language when giving instructions to the children. While developmental education doesn’t involve one particular education model, it is play-based but it can also include gross and fine motor skill development, language and cognitive development and the development of social skills. The Montessori model helps childhood development by incorporating the principles of observing children as they play and learn, it allows the children to choose activities based on their natural interests and it creates an environment that helps children develop at a pace that is most suitable for each individual child.


Making the final decision

Before you decide on the education center you want your child to attend, do take into consideration how your child felt when you actually visited the facilities. So it is recommended to actually visit centers that you are considering, just to feel the environment where your child will possibly be every day for a certain period. It might not be a bad idea to make a pro and con list that will include factors such as cost, curriculum and location.

At the end of the day, you want to be satisfied with the choice you made for your child by choosing an education center that recognizes your child’s learning potential and helps them develop their social and cultural skills but also gives them a fun, carefree experience growing up.

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