What makes a high-quality childcare program?
Knowing what sets good preschool programs apart from great ones is a game changer for anyone looking to venture into the business or increase enrollment. Below are just some of the factors that make a high-quality preschool program.
Carefully planned daily activities
Preschool programs are meant to prepare children for kindergarten and more advanced learning. The skills children gain in an early learning setting will set the foundation for all their future learning and how they interact with their peers and teachers.
The best preschool programs operate on carefully planned daily activities that meet the overall needs of the children. Sticking to a routine will help your children know what to expect and help them make progress towards their learning goals.
Happy children and staff
One of the major keys to a high-quality preschool program is to ensure that both children and staff are happy. To do this, programs should focus on creating positive working environments for teachers so they can adequately serve their role in the children's development. Programs with stimulating activities that promote learning and exploration will keep children engaged and excited to learn.
Low child-to-teacher ratio
Properly staffed daycares perform better than understaffed ones. A low child-to-teacher ratio is one great way to ensure that a preschool program has adequate teaching staff.
While ratios vary based on program type and children’s ages, a low child-to-adult ratio is typically recommended to promote things like:
Tailored education according to the children’s strengths and abilities
Improved learning outcomes
Clean and safe environment
A clean and safe environment is another sign of a high-quality childcare program. Teachers and children are able to concentrate better when the classroom is tidy and set up in a way that encourages learning.
A high-quality preschool classroom has child-appropriate bookshelves, tables, and chairs as well as access to materials and equipment that support appropriate developmental milestones.
Clear lines of communication
Families that are actively involved in their child’s early education will lead to better learning outcomes. Programs that are committed to keeping their families engaged promote healthy child growth and development. Frequent and clear communication through things like daily reports or monthly newsletters help to strengthen the home-to-school connection and keep families informed of their child’s progress.