What to prepare before enrolling in an infant care centre?
Updated: 2 days ago
Babies require much care and attention and it might get increasingly difficult with each passing day if you are a working parent. Fortunately, there are a lot of infant care centres coming up in Singapore to cater to your needs.
However, before enrolling your child in a centre, there are certain things that you need to keep in mind, just so that you can eventually choose the best infant care for your child. This is particularly crucial as the decision you make for your infant will have a lot of impact on their growth and development.
Here are some things you should be mindful of:
Knowing the difference between an infant care centre and a babysitting service
Many people may mix up infant care centres for a babysitting service. However, in reality, they are two very different things. Infant care centres are staffed with educarers who are trained and certified, while nannies and babysitters do not necessarily need to.
At Nurture Infant House Tampines, our team of caregivers go through professional development. They have all met training requirements by the ECDA and constantly engage themselves in regular training. As such, you can be assured that your child will be immersed in essential learning programmes that are beneficial for their development.
Besides, infant care centres have various resources that are specially catered to infants, thereby providing babies with several learning opportunities. These centres function more professionally in educating babies and thus, it is always important for you to know what you want for your child so that you can select the right service for him/her.
Attention to your baby
A good infant care centre ensures that your baby is given proper care and attention. Every infant should always be attended to and never left alone, especially since they are at an age where they are still very fragile.
The activities conducted at the centre as well as the equipment available should also be age-appropriate. Stories and music are common ways to stimulate a child’s growth and development. Safe equipment is also crucial for the infants to develop their muscles for crawling, walking and climbing.
Look for infant care centres early
If you are at the second trimester of your pregnancy, you should begin searching for the centre you want to enrol your child in.
Given that there is so much to learn and find out, starting early can help you get a better understanding of the type of programmes available in each centre and reduce your stress when you eventually have to go back to work. This allows you to make a more informed decision ultimately.
The right location
The centre’s location is a factor that is just as important as the curriculum and environment. Depending on whether you want the centre to be closer to your home or workplace, it is essential for you to know where is the most convenient for you. List out the pros and cons to help you figure out what is the correct choice to make!
At the end of the day, you can only choose one infant care centre to enrol your child in. It may be very difficult to figure out which one is the best for your baby and it may be even harder for you to put your precious one in the arms of someone else. Nevertheless, you will gradually grow to become comfortable with the childcare providers and eventually feel better about your decision!
Of course, the list of things to be mindful of before placing your child in an infant care centre is both subjective and non-exhaustive. Nevertheless, we hope that we can help you make a more informed decision at the end of the day.
Learn more about our infant care here!