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How To Find Quality Childcare For Your Baby

Kidicorp, NZ's largest provider of early childhood education has produced some tips on what to look for if you are putting your baby into childcare. Parents are faced with a lack of information when weighing up home based care where unqualified people are essentially babysitting compared with centres where qualified teachers nurture and support baby's to reach their milestones.

You want to know that your baby will be well-cared for and nurtured as well as supported in its learning when you aren’t there.  
Kidicorp says its nurseries are designed for babies, that they employ specialised teachers trained in looking after babies, who know how to take care of them and make sure they do help the baby’s brain develop. They also have a professional support team that offers specialised advice to teachers and builds on their knowledge on how to extend youngsters.
A good quality centre can support all the learning stages of your infant. 
So what should you look for?
Quality. Leading research into what constitutes quality childcare for under twos lists a number of key features which Kidicorp centres meet. These are highly motivated and qualified staff, small group sizes, teacher stability, and low infant to caregiver ratios.
Centre ratios: Look for one teacher to three or four children. This means teachers can relate to each child as an individual.
Primary caregiving:  We encourage and ensure the same teachers develop relationships with the same children. So children bond.
Individual approach to each child: Look for a child focus. At Kidicorp a plan will be developed for your child after observation so your child can be extended and encouraged to achieve milestones.  Our teachers are gentle ‘guiders’ and provide calm, nurturing care for young children.
Qualified teachers –It takes a minimum three year tertiary qualification to become a teacher. .
 Professional approach. At Kidicorp, we don’t just care for your child; we also focus on how to support your child’s development and learning.
Social development. Remember babies are in fact hugely social beings from birth, who thrive and in fact depend, on social relationships with a group of people, not just one. Yes, these relationships should be deep and meaningful, but don’t just have to be mum.
Specialised curriculum for under twos.   
Kidicorp has developed a rich curriculum for under two’s.  Teachers integrate the care of the under two (the nappy changing, feeding and sleeping) with cuddles, teaching and learning.
Environmental design.   Another important aspect to our care of your under two is the environment. At a Kidicorp centre you will find special areas for under ones and under twos so they are not overrun by older children. This is important.   The focus is on providing a homely, secure and relaxed environment where baby will be cuddled and nurtured.
Finally and most important, look for teachers who will develop close relationships with you so that together we know how to best support your child and share experiences of what is happening in their development.  
Choose your childcare carefully. Putting your baby into childcare, if you choose well, will not harm your child or make you a bad mum. Neither will it alter your relationship with your child. You are still and always will be the centre of their world.

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