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The Secrets to Raising a Smarter Child
- By Inderbir Sandhu, Ph.D



Nov 29, 2002 Issue

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   Volume #1 Issue #2       ISSN: 0219-7642        November 29, 2002

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This issue will cover the guidelines for you to identify 
the 'right' child care centre/preschool education.
By this time of the year, this article may have come too 
late as most of you have probably identified the 'ideal' 
child care centre or preschool education for your precious 
one. However, you still can use these guidelines to verify 
your 'decision' or for future reference.

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" Checklist To Select The Right Preschool Providers "

Choosing a quality child-care provider is one of the most
important decisions parents make. Research shows that high-
quality child-care and early education can boost children's
learning and social skills when they enter school. Does your 
child care centre or early childhood education centre offer 
a comprehensive program that suited to your child's stage
of growth and help the child develop mentally, physically,
socially and emotionally?

Looking for a child care or preschool providers that's right
for your child can be an overwhelming experience. To make 
your search a little easier, and to ensure that the program
you select will help your child grow and develop their brain
to full potential, here are observation steps during the 
visit to the child care centre/preschool provider and the 
checklist to help you to identify the necessary components 
provided by them.

Your visit to several child-care centres/preschool providers 
is a crucial part of your selection process. What you 
observe during your visit will tell you many things about 

a) Take along checklist (find at the section below) and
    questions to ask during your visit to the provider. 

b) Take notes on your observations and on answers given to 
    your questions by the teachers and/or directors. 

c) These notes will be helpful in determining further 
    questions and to differentiate between the providers you 
    have observed.

d) Allow plenty of time to tour the entire facility, both 
    indoor and outdoor spaces.

e) Schedule an initial visit by yourself, and then bring 
    your child with you during your second visit if possible.

f) Make sure to observe the group that your child would 
   attend. Do you hear the sounds of happy children?

g) Be sure that all your questions and concerns are addressed 
    so that you can feel confident about the care your child 
    will receive.

h) Ask to meet all of the staff that will care for your child 
    during the day. When you interview them, you'll want to 
    find out about their training and experience and their
    attitude toward child rearing, guidance and discipline.

AS you visit various child-care centre or preschool 
providers, simply evaluate each program to the following 

1.  Does the program offer a variety of art and musical 
     selections suited to the ages of all children in care?

2.  Does the program offer a rich selection of children's

3. Are the children read to each day and encourage to 
express themselves through words and language?

4.  Does the program have the right materials and equipment 
     on hand to help children to learn and grow mentally and 

5.  Do teachers receive special training on how to implement
     curriculum and programs so that each child has the right
     opportunity to reach his or her full potential?

6.  Are there on-going career growth opportunities for 

7.  Do teachers feel good about the job and really like 
     children? Do they show affection and appear to be 

8.  Is a complete curriculum, including lesson plans, books,
     educational materials and music, provided to the 

9.  Are the educational toys and materials appropriate for 
     the age of the child?

10. Are activities designed to stimulate all of you child's
      senses and encourage children to think things through?

11. Do teachers encourage children to express themselves in
      creative ways?

12. Are children in small enough groups within the centre so 
      that children appear to be given sufficient attention 
      rather than lost in a crowd?

13. Does the program offer you opportunities for parent
      participation and communication to help guiding your 
      child's education?

14. Does the parent receive written and verbal communication
      from the teacher about the progress of their child?

15. Are literature and facts on brain development research
      and ways to continue to enhance brain development at home
      available for parents?

You can rate each of them with a score of 3 for yes, 2 for 
somewhat and 1 for no. Centre that scoring the highest
point will be the preferred choice. Remember, these are just 
some checklist to make your selection more systematic. How 
do you and your child feel about the center is equally 
important. Above all, trust your own judgement and feeling 
about a centre as you know your child best and only you can 
tell which centre will be the best for him/her. Good luck
in your search!

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