Recognising a Quality Early Childhood Service
Good quality childcare provides a safe, healthy environment and supports the physical, emotional, social, moral and intellectual development of children. When visiting different facilities, do not be afraid to ask questions. A good facility will be only too happy to share all their information.
Whenever you first approach a childcare service (any type) requiring information, there are a few key pieces of information that you should be given upfront. A well organised and quality early childhood service will have this information promptly to hand, mostly in writing or print, presented in a clear, easy to understand manner, and should leave you with very few questions to ask. This should include:
- Is the early childhood service notified and inspected by Tusla, the child and family agency?
- The hours of operation and the fee charges/arrangements
- The age range of children catered for and what is the most number catered for at any one time?
- Can your child be accommodated if they have additional needs (e.g. learning, physical or behavioural)?
- What facilities are provided for play, sleep, toilet/ nappy changing and meals? Is there a sample menu for foods provided?
- The aims/philosophy of the service.
* Parents can refer to the Child Care Regulations (no’s 14 & 15) for details of the information that they are entitled to be given for services that are notified and inspected by Tusla.