What Makes a Daycare High Quality?

Let’s face it: not all daycares are the same. Some daycares only meet the bare minimum state standards, while others go above and beyond to provide the safest, cleanest, most educational space possible.

Every parent wants their child enrolled in a high-quality daycare. But what are the defining characteristics of quality childcare? Here are three ways:

Stimulating Schedule and Environment

Childcare is more than making sure children stay out of trouble, eat their veggies, and get a nap on time. The daycare’s environment is what will shape your child’s understanding of the world, their creativity, and their drive to learn. 

Some daycares may skimp on creating a learning schedule and sticking to it. But at Penguin Crossing Academy, we use the Creative Curriculum by Teaching Strategies for our classes to ensure children’s development is stimulated by age-appropriate gross and fine motor tasks, music, and early childhood education.

Even babies and toddlers have a routine! These young children grow exponentially when exposed to music, books, and simple arts and crafts. 

Safe and Sanitary Space

A facility that cares for dozens of children can get messy very quickly. It’s imperative that the staff employ proper sanitation practices to reduce the spread of germs and prevent accidents from happening.

The daycare space should also be a safe one: toys should be age-appropriate, first aid kits should be available, cleaning supplies should be locked away from a child’s reach, shelves should be anchored to the wall, and more. 

Licensed Business and Staff

Daycares must be licensed by the state of Ohio in order to operate legally. These licenses must be renewed annually. Check to ensure your daycare has a valid business license. You can also view if your daycare ever had a lapsed or revoked license. 

Daycares are required by law to only employ staff who have undergone a background check and maintain certain health qualifications, like a negative TB test. 

What sets quality daycares above average daycares is when staff continues to grow in their childcare skills. Seminars, conferences, or in-house training are great ways to maintain a high standard of childcare. 

At Penguin Crossing Academy, we check all the boxes for quality childcare! Our curriculum and schedule are exciting for all ages, we maintain a safe and sanitary space, and our business is licensed and our staff continues to grow in their field. If you’re looking for quality childcare in the Delaware area, check out Penguin Crossing Academy!

Penguin Crossing Academy is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Penguin Crossing Academy today!

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