|Generally, they are open from 7am-7pm on weekdays and 7am -2pm on Saturdays. Some centres have flexible programmes for parents who work part-time or flexible hours.
Child care centres were licensed by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), but have come under the oversight of the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) since 1st April 2013. Centres are required to meet acceptable standards of health, safety, nutrition and hygiene measures. Centres must also provide age and developmentally appropriate activities to stimulate a child’s mental, physical and social development.
With so many child care centres, how do you go about choosing the right one for your child? Here are some tips to get you started:
Step 1 – Finding a centre
Step 2 – Selecting a centre
Step 3- Visiting the centre
Step 4 - Talking to other parents
Step 5 – Quality Indicators
Tips to Help Your Child Cope and Adjust
Prepare your child for the experience
Start preparing your child for child care a few weeks before admission. Explain to your child what a child care centre is and what he/she will be doing there. Emphasise that it will be fun to meet other children, make new friends, see a new place, play with new toys and have a teacher who will look after him/her during the day.
Accompany him to the centre
Familiarise your child with the centre by bringing him there for 1 - 2 short visits to see the place and to meet the teachers. When your child starts school, it is advisable to accompany him for only a few days but not more than a week so that he will not become dependent on you.
Help him manage separation anxiety and transition
It is normal for children to cry when they are put in a new environment. They fear that their parents will not return. This is called separation anxiety. It can start between 6 - 9 months and can last through toddlerhood. Recognise that your child is going through a transition – just like you are! – and continue to reassure him of your love.
You may want to let your child bring a familiar item from the home such as a favourite toy or a pillow to give him a sense of familiarity/security. Do not prolong the time of separation as this may worsen the separation and mislead the child to think that you will stay with him if he continues to cry. Ensure your child is in the safe hands of the caregiver, assure him that you will return and leave the caregiver to manage your child.
Give your child time to adjust
Be patient with your child. Do not scold or tell him that he is being silly. Remind him that you will be back to pick him up and make sure that you are punctual.
Different children take different lengths of time to adjust. Some children cry for a day or two, others may stay upset for weeks. Once your child gets used to the daily routine in the child care centre and realises that he will be reunited with you at the end of the day, he will be fine.
If you are concerned about the length of time that your child is taking to adjust, talk to the teacher about how you can work together to help settle your child.
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