Pay attention to how the environment appears from your child’s point of view. Most childcare programs will make every effort to maintain a clean, organized, and welcoming environment. The difference you will notice in a high-quality childcare program is that extra emphasis will also be placed on materials and centers within children’s eye level. These areas will be noticeably stimulating and exciting, showcasing what themes the classroom environment is focussed on for the week or month.
Your child’s comfort level in an environment may be one of the best tools to gage childcare programs as you tour them. An environment where children feel safe and welcome to explore on their own, talk to peers, or engage with the teacher can indicate a place they would feel comfortable attending regularly.