When looking for a kindergarten, it can be tempting to be laser-focused on the educator but it’s vital to look at the whole kindergarten and get a clear idea of all the services they offer and decide if it’s the right place for your child. Visiting is a great way to see the centre, its staff and the children attending it. Here are some important points to look for:
- Were you made to feel welcome? High-quality kindergarten programs are based on a partnership between families and educators. Did the educators ask questions about your child and your family? Were the educators interested in your questions and concerns?
- If your child was with you, did the educators engage directly with your child (rather than speaking to your child through you)?
- Are there a variety of fun and challenging learning opportunities that celebrate the cultures of the children who use the service?
- Do the indoor and outdoor areas offer the children stimulating learning experiences – for example, the opportunity to explore and discover new things? Is there space for the children to play with others or alone? Are there spaces where children can go to be quiet?