Finding Childcare for Our Special Needs Toddler

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Finding Childcare for Our Special Needs Toddler

My name is Ashley Grant. Thanks for stopping by my website; I hope to provide you with some helpful information. My husband and I have three children ages three, six and ten. I work part-time in the mornings while our two oldest are in school. I’ve always worked at least part-time so have some experience with childcare. The difference with our youngest is that she has Down Syndrome. She’s a sweet, easy toddler but obviously has special needs. We are very fortunate to have found excellent childcare for her. She is in a setting where she can socialize with a few other children while still getting the care she needs. I’m going to share how we went about finding childcare and how I was able to overcome the fear of leaving our baby girl with caretakers


How Parents Can Make A Solid Preschool Selection

Preschool is one of the more important developmental periods your child will experience as they transition to a classroom setting for the first time. If you use these search tips, you can be confident in the preschool program that your child ultimately goes through.

Put Ample Weight on First Impressions

The first impressions you have with a particular preschool are very important and can help you ultimately find the right program for your child. You just need to know what to look for when you visit a preschool for the first time in person.

Where is the facility located and how does it look on the inside? You want to make sure the preschool is in a safe area and has a well-organized interior that fosters creativity and growth. Then you won't be as nervous about dropping your child off at the preschool for the first time.

Identify Your Preferences

Preschools can vary in a couple of major ways, such as the activities children will be involved in and the roles teachers play as a whole. You can be more effective at assessing preschool options for your child if you first think about your own preferences in a preschool.

What do you want your child to be exposed to on a regular basis? Maybe it's a lot of focus on problem-solving or group exercises that foster socialization. Just make a list of these preferences so that you know exactly what to review with each preschool you look into.

Visit Enough Preschools to Make Meaningful Comparisons

You'll need to visit preschools in person before ultimately selecting one. Just make sure you visit enough of them to have meaningful comparisons to make later on in your free time. Then you can take a census of everything you saw and experienced, such as the attentiveness of the staff and the educational resources your child has access to.

Then as you start to compare these details with different preschools, you can gradually narrow down the list until an optimal preschool program is left at the end. That's when you can sign your child up and get them ready for their first day.

Choosing a preschool for your child is something you don't have to struggle with if you put ample effort into researching and visiting preschools in your area. Eventually, you'll find a great program that lets your child learn in a healthy, effective manner. 

Reach out to a preschool like Montessori School Of Salt Lake Inc. to learn more.