When deciding what type of child care to place your child in it's important to consider your child's personality as well as the facility that best meets your needs.
Every child has their own personality from the time they are born. Knowing how to use their unique qualities to help them grow and learn can be a big challenge for parents. Think about how your child acts in different settings. Is your child one who sits back and watches what everyone else is doing? Are they the one in the middle of everyone being the center of attention? Do they just go with the flow? There is nothing wrong with any of these behaviors if you recognize and use them to help your child be the best they can be. Children learn best when they feel comfortable and safe so finding the setting that complements their unique qualities is very important.
Children that are shy will most likely do better in a smaller group setting. Allow them time to observe and become comfortable before forcing them to engage with others. With encouragement and practice they will find their own voice. An In-home or privately owned center with smaller classrooms would be a good fit.
Children that are always at the center of attention and very active will most likely do better with more hardline structure. A lot of time children like this thrive on structure. A corporately owned center with lesson plans and a daily schedule would be a good match.
Children that are ‘go with the flow’ types may need a smaller group so they don’t get lost in the shuffle. Consider a privately owned or in-home center for these children to give them room to grow.
Children that are easily distracted by noise or other activities going on around them a smaller quieter setting may be best for them. The best centers for these types of children are In-home or a smaller privately owned center.
When looking for the right setting for your child it is important to not only look at group size but also the other children and teacher. Keep in mind that children will act out when new people (you) are in the room. Watch how the teacher handles the situation. Think if they do this in front of you what will they do if you weren’t watching. Even if the class group is small if it is a wilder group of children your shy child would not thrive in that setting. You know your child better than anyone; getting them into the setting that best fits their personality will help them grow into the wonderful person you want them to be.