The picture that you see above, is a photo of my husband putting together a new playhouse for our playground. The day that I took this picture, we were working at the center on a Saturday morning, preparing for Re-Accreditation.
My facility has been Accredited by the Missouri Accreditation of program for Children and Youth since 2006 and we are in the process of being re-accredited. As I go through the accreditation process, I realize how much work is involved in providing quality childcare including;
- Evaluating Administrative practices
- Improving Health/Safety practices
- Improving the physical environment
- Improving the Curriculum
- Evaluating Parent connections and so much more!
On March 20, 2012, an Accreditation Validation review team stopped by my center to evaluate our quality care practices. Now……. you would think that after going through three accreditation observations in my center and one in my home daycare, that I would not be nervous.
On the day of the visit, I was so nervous to have strangers in my center evaluating every little detail of the program. Then I had to give myself a positive talk and remind myself that I am an Expert at Quality Care and I have nothing to worry about!
I also had to remind myself that I focus on quality care, because children deserve quality care and parents want quality care. Moreover, there are many definitions of what quality childcare is, however, the highest form of quality care is Accreditation.
I want to inspire you to seek Accreditation. If you cannot afford it, I am sure that there are some agencies in your area that would love to help pay for your Accreditation.
Quality Care is Hard work, however, when parents know that you provide quality care, they will choose you over other childcare programs. Furthermore…all the hard work of building a quality program is worth all the sweat and labor!
With Quality Care in mind,