9 Factors To Consider When Choosing An Early Learning Centre For Your Child


Choosing the right learning centre for your child can be a daunting process, especially if you’ve never been involved in the process before. It’s important to choose an education program that offers appropriate and developmentally appropriate activities for your child’s age group and stage of development.

There are many factors to consider when choosing an early learning centre for your child, but here are 9 things you should think about:


Location is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing an early learning centre for your child. It is important that you choose a centre close to where you live, as this will help reduce travel time and cost. A good location should also be close to family members and other forms of transportation such as buses or trains, which can be more convenient than driving alone.

It’s also recommended that the centre be located in an area that has easy access to shops, restaurants and other amenities in case your child needs something during their stay at the centre.

Learning approach

The learning style that your child prefers will be a major factor in choosing an early learning centre. The teaching methods used and the teaching aids available at the centre can also play a role in determining which one is best for your child.

For example, some schools may use more traditional methods such as reading aloud with their students while others might use fun games to help them learn how to read on their own or with other kids at school. You should always consider what type of approach works best for your child as well as whether it aligns with your beliefs about education and learning!

Curriculum structure

The curriculum is the heart of a preschool or early learning centre. It should be age-appropriate, developmentally appropriate and aligned with national standards. The curriculum will also be relevant to your child’s school program and home life.

If you have any concerns about the quality of education being provided at an early learning centre then it may be time to consider another option.

Facilities and playground

The first thing to look for when choosing an early learning centre is the playground. The size and facilities of the playground should be large enough for all children to play safely, with plenty of equipment available for them to use.

If you have more than one child in your family or if there are siblings at home, then it’s important that you choose a centre which has separate sections dedicated purely towards their age group so that they can enjoy themselves independently without feeling crowded by younger children.

It’s also worth considering how well-lit the play area is; this will allow parents easy access when picking up their child after school hours (and makes such activities safer).

Staff qualifications and experience

Staff qualifications and experience are important. If your centre has a staff member with a diploma or degree in early childhood education, that’s fantastic! But if you don’t feel comfortable with that person as an educator for your child, it may be time to consider another centre.

The same goes for experience working with children: do they have enough time on their hands? Have they trained in the teaching style of Play School or Nursery Rhymes? And what about the curriculum: does this person know how to teach Maths at the Play School level (if applicable) or will they need some extra help from someone else who knows more about preschool maths classes than them?

Nutrition and menus

The nutritional value of food is an important consideration when choosing an early learning centre. A good early learning centre will have a well-balanced menu that is appropriate for the age group and developmental stage of your child.

The menu should also be cooked from scratch, using fresh ingredients whenever possible. Food should be healthy, nutritious and varied in order to meet all needs throughout the day.

Cleanliness and hygiene standards

Cleanliness and hygiene standards are important to consider when choosing an Early Learning Centre for your child. The environment must be clean so that there are no bacteria or viruses in it. The toys, clothes and food of the children must also be kept clean as well.

The importance of hygiene is extensive:

  • Hand washing is vital for keeping hands clean (and infection-free) which will help you avoid diseases like chicken pox or measles from spreading through direct contact with other people’s hands;
  • Keeping the environment free from germs helps prevent illness in both adults and children;
  • Children should not play with toys that have been touched by other people who are sick; this can lead to cross-infection which leads to serious illnesses such as meningitis or severe flu symptoms;

Other parents’ opinions

It’s important to consider other parents’ opinions. If you speak with a few different parents, you may be able to get more insight into how your child is doing in their early learning centre. You can ask them questions like:

  • How have their children developed over time?
  • Has the staff been helpful and responsive during my child’s visit?
  • What are some of the activities that they do at this centre?

Choosing the right early learning centre is an important decision that will have long-lasting ramifications for your child’s development.

Choosing the right early learning centre is an important decision that will have long-lasting ramifications for your child’s development.

You want to feel comfortable with the centre, the staff and the director. You also want to know their philosophy and how it will help your child. If you’re looking for a centre that has a good reputation, ask about its approach to learning and why certain things are done in this way at every step of its program.


So, there you have it. We hope that this article has helped to demystify the process of choosing an early learning centre for your child. As we’ve seen, it’s not just about the right facility or curriculum; it’s about all of those things combined with personal advice from a knowledgeable expert and a solid plan for future development milestones.

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