The physical infrastructure, the didactic, and pedagogical material, the professionals in charge, the educational program, the food and even the moments dedicated to the game, should be analysed when choosing the best kindergarten for a child.
Therefore, this election process cannot last only a few hours, but it deserves many days and enough patience, until finding characteristics such as safety, learning, nutrition and excellent child development as basic foundations that suit the taste of parents and the need of the children.
According to some paediatricians, who have specialised in child development, the garden offers the child a socialising environment. Here, when he is ‘faced’ by younger children of his age, he has to mature certain social skills such as waiting for a shift, managing frustration -To notice that not everything is for him-, the fact that he is not always the first and share toys.
The garden means the beginning of another stage in the development of children, because they will be in a different place in the house and will be related to people outside their family group.
Hence the importance of giving a good start to the process, choosing a suitable place for the other stages of personal and physical growth to be lived with total normality, without having to regret future adverse situations.
Looking with a magnifying glass
Asking about everything, without fear of looking very preventative, is the first recommendation for parents when they visit the child care centres.
And it is not for less, due to the fact that in many occasions the omission of details such as nutrition, playing times and tools that will be used as playful and educational aids will influence the child’s bad times if he, for example, is allergic to certain foods.
To count on the list of educators with preschool degrees, psychologists and therapists, both language and occupational, is fundamental because they are professionals that each one, within their field of study, contributes important elements in each development area.
Also and as a complement to the above, the idea is to have people capable of handling babies of different ages.
Another important factor is the job stability of teachers. It is not good to rotate the professional plant every six months or every year, because there is no continuity in the educational process or in the identification of the garden.
The proportion in number between children and adults gives security on the care that the children will have and the quality of education they will receive.
Thus, the best thing is that there should be an adult for every six children, with a teacher and assistant per group.
What about education?
Another fundamental point is the academic program, which, according to the experts, must ensure an approach aimed at stimulating the development of skills in the areas of language, motor skills, cognitive, social, artistic and sporting advances, as well as activities that promote the reading-writing.
This is where you have to take into account the infrastructure of the space (bathrooms made with children in mind, safe parks, movement areas, aspects of furniture and large outdoor spaces), didactic and pedagogical materials (they should be available to children and not hung all the time). The schedules stipulated for the game and external play activities (minimum one hour to one hour and a half).