A key question to ask any daycare is what is their staff turnover. This is important for many different reasons and plays into how enjoyable your experience with the daycare will be.
Staff turnover is how often the child care needs to replace workers. The longer the period the better. If a daycare is replacing all of its workers every year, you know there will almost always be new faces in the school.
The need to replace teachers is a drain on the school, it takes time out of the administrators day to place ads, interview and orientate new employees.
The level of turnover will also have a direct effect on your child. Child like a high level of consistency in their life. There is already a certain level of fearfulness when they come to a daycare, this is very natural.
However, if every day when the children arrive the same teachers and same friends are there it helps them to feel secure. The lower the turnover the fewer time your child will need to get accustomed to new teachers. This will help with your childs enjoyment of the preschool environment.
Low turnover is a great indicator of staff moral and happiness. When the staff is not leaving this is a good sign that they are happy with their jobs and with the child care center. This happiness cannot help but to show through into everything else they do.
When staff shows up happy about their job they are friendlier and more likely to make an effort to have everything go well.
Children are very good at noticing this, the subtle cues about happiness, and often act on it. We have all experienced coming home upset but putting on a happy face, yet our children see right through it and become sad. The exact same thing can happen with their teacher. Happy teachers will cause your child to be happier in the end.
As you can see the amount of staff turnover is a great indicator of how well you will enjoy a daycare experience. It is a question you should ask about every child care center you visit and use to help pick the best Crest Hill Daycare for you and your child.