First is to decide between center-based care, at-home care, or in-home care. They all have pluses and minuses.
- OFLC is a center-based school. We are a small school with between 40 and 100 children. Centers typically have the most resources, and the best systems in place for communication and curriculum. Teachers are constantly trained and supervised.
- At-home care is typically done with one or two people working out of their home. This is usually a cheaper option, but it comes with some down-sides like less resources, and mixing of age groups which leads to inappropriate activities for either the older or younger children.
- In-home care is either a nanny or a babysitter. This is a pricey but convenient option. Although, they rarely go through background checks, have little training, and the children do not get the socializing that kids get from a group setting.
Hopefully you can see why we believe center-based care is truly the best of all worlds. It does cost more, but you will find that if you want the best, it is going to be a center. Picking a center is a challenge. We recommend looking at the centers close to where you live, and figuring out the following:
- What amenities does the center offer? Large playgrounds/gyms, art rooms, music rooms, etc. What is the curriculum like. Ask to see what the planned curriculum is.
- Meet the teachers your child is going to be with on a daily basis. Do they seem engaging as well as warm and nurturing? This is extremely important.
- Lastly look at the facilities. Are they clean and inviting? Your child will be spending a good amount of time there, make sure it is living up to your standards.
If you focus on those three things, you will find a GREAT place for your child. We really hope you tour OFLC because we know how well we measure up!