Children's school begins: 12 doubts resolved

When parents consider the option of taking our children to a nursery school, we have many questions about how they will be cared for. We want to know if our children are really well taken care of at all times, if they are happy, if they are in good hands ... These questions and answers will help us to choose the best nursery school for them.

12 common questions about nursery school

However, once the center is chosen, it is possible that more doubts arise or that we need to speak with the intact school punctually. If the topic is related to the center or its operation, it is advisable to make an appointment to the address and speak it in an individual meeting. If it is an educational issue or more specific to the child, the meeting should be requested from the faculty, specifically the tutor.

1. Why is it said that nursery schools help develop the skills of children?
The simple fact of going to a nursery and interacting with other children causes a series of benefits in the development and stimulation of the children, but in addition, in most of the infant education centers, there is a series of programs designed and prepared to achieve a stimulation of the child in the different areas essential for its development. These programs are especially important at this stage because it is the moment in which the child is more prepared to assimilate learning and develop their abilities.

2. How many people will be taking care of the children? What is the average of caregivers per child?
The ratio of teacher to child depends on each educational center. Not all have the same number of staff. Some have more teachers in order to meet a specific educational program that requires those needs. However, parents should be calm because if the centers have the corresponding Department of Education authorizations, they will have at least the teachers marked by law. Also, keep in mind that this ratio usually varies depending on the ages of the children.

3. How do I know that my child will have a clean diaper at all times?
The diaper change, like any other aspect of care, is extremely careful on the part of all the staff. In order to carry it out rigorously, it is important to have enough personnel to ensure an adequate follow-up of the educational activity and, at the same time, a permanent attention to the minimum healthcare needs. On the other hand, in all centers there are scheduled times for this. In addition, a registration system is available to transmit information to parents when picking up children.

4. Are they fed at the right time?
Every educational center must have a schedule of activities according to the different times of the day. In that time the dining room is included. It is important that parents are informed of these times, so if the center has not informed them, they should ask for this information in order to organize the schedules at home.
Babies usually follow a different schedule respecting, as far as possible, their individual rhythms.

5. When they are still bottle-feeding, how are nurseries dealing with this task?
When the baby drinks a bottle, it will simply be necessary for the family to bring a bottle and the milk and cereals to be taken at the center. To know when the next shot may be played, the family will be asked to write down or comment on the last shot taken at home. This service supposes a more individualized attention but it will not be a problem as long as there is sufficient staff to do so.

6. How is it monitored that children who start to handle themselves properly eat properly?
At all times the children will be accompanied by the teaching staff regardless of the autonomy they have for the activity they are carrying out. Therefore, although they are able to eat alone, they will always have the supervision of teachers to see how they are doing it, the amount of food they eat or to help them with any need they may have.
In many schools, the time of the dining room is considered an educational moment, so it is the teachers themselves who are responsible for this task in order to work certain educational guidelines. This means that not only are they given attention, but they are also being educated with the great advantage that the teachers know them in their entirety and can have established objectives for each one of them.

7. Do they cry a lot? Are they left crying alone?
Some children find it difficult to stay in the center during the first days, which makes them cry at the parents' farewell, but generally it is only that moment. Once they enter the classrooms, they are more relaxed and relaxed.This situation usually lasts the first days until they finish adapting but once this period has elapsed, the cries disappear.
If the child keeps crying it can be because he is sick, because he wants something and acts with a tantrum or a conflict with a partner. Whatever the reason, teachers, at all times, will be attentive to help the child and calm him down.

8. There have been some cases of abuse in custody, how can I have guarantees that this will not happen to my son?
It is very important to choose well the educational center for our children. For this it is necessary to have meetings with the center, receive information on the operation, meet the staff and try to have references. All these data will allow to choose with greater certainty. In addition, on a day-to-day basis it is convenient to maintain contact and good communication with the teaching staff and with the direction of the educational center.

9. What preparation should the people who manage and take care of the children have?
All personnel working in a nursery school must have the title of Teaching of Infant Education or the Child Education Technician.

10. How many hours should a child be in nursery school?
The maximum number of hours that a child can be in a kindergarten, according to the law, is eight hours. Each family will have different needs in terms of schedule but it is important that the school is required to respect the law thinking about the good of the child.

11. How do daycare establishments usually establish a relationship with parents?
Each educational center has a different way of acting. Many have a daily attention at the door to have a brief but constant contact. In addition, they usually have an agenda that explains how the child has been in the center each day and that allows parents to also communicate with the tutor. On the other hand, they usually have individual interviews to the quarter and, some, also have training sessions or family orientation and periodic conferences.

12. How is the assumption that a child falls ill throughout the day handled at the daycare center?
If a child becomes ill while in nursery school, the center director should call the family to come and get it as soon as possible for the child's own well-being, as well as for the safety of the rest of the children.

María Campo. Director Schools NClic-Kimba

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