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Discovering the Right Preschool: Beyond the "Childcare Near Me" Search

March 15th, 2024

Author: Jye Antonelli (Amies partner)

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In the digital age, where immediate results are often just a click away, it’s tempting to rely on a simple “childcare centre near me” search when looking for preschool or early learning centres for our little ones.

As a professional marketer with years of experience in digital marketing, and closely witnessing the journey of establishing Carlingford ELC by my partner, Amie, I’ve come to realize that this method, while convenient, doesn’t always lead to the best choices. The top results often signify which centres are skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO) rather than quality childcare.

Why results for "Childcare Near Me" aren't always the best centres

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the practice of optimizing a website to rank higher in search engine results for specific keywords and phrases. In the case of childcare, preschool, or early learning centres, common keywords might include “childcare centre,” “preschool,” “early learning centre,” “childcare near me,” and specific location-based terms like “Childcare Carlingford.

Instead of allocating large budgets to digital marketing, hidden centres invest in resources that directly enhance the quality of care, such as hiring qualified staff, maintaining low child-to-teacher ratios, and investing in educational materials and facilities.

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What's important when looking for a preschool or childcare cenre?

When it comes to finding the ideal childcare, preschool, or early learning centre, it’s vital to look beyond proximity and delve into factors that genuinely reflect the centre’s quality. Here are some essential attributes to consider:

Small-Placed Environment
A smaller, more intimate setting often translates to more personalized care and attention for each child. It allows educators to truly understand the unique needs and personality of your child, fostering a stronger educator-child bond.

Dedicated Learning Journey
A hallmark of quality childcare is its dedication to a tailored learning journey for every child. This approach respects each child’s pace and interests, promoting a love for learning from an early age. Look for centres that offer a diverse curriculum that stimulates cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Friendliness and Professionalism of Staff
The warmth, friendliness, and professionalism of the staff are critical. These attributes create a nurturing environment where your child feels safe, loved, and encouraged to explore and grow. Staff qualifications and ongoing professional development also play a significant role in maintaining high-quality care and education.

Open Communication
A good childcare centre prioritizes clear and consistent communication with parents. This includes regular updates on your child’s progress, events, and any concerns. It ensures parents are actively involved in their child’s early learning journey, creating a collaborative relationship between the centre and families.

Steer Clear of Corporate-Owned Centres
A lot of centres are owned my parent companies, some holding over 200 preschools and childcares across Australia. My advice: steer clear. My partner’s old workplace was taken over by one, and they dont care for the development of the childeren, they’re only there to make as much money as possible. Stick with family-owned childcare centres, trust me.

Why Carlingford Early Learning Centre is a strong choice

As mentioned, without my relationship to Amie, this wonderful centre wouldn’t have a chance at showing up on Google against mass-owned childcare centres. SEO is a profession, and without spending thousands on digital marketing, Carlingford ELC woudn’t show up first.

Carlingford ELC was established with a vision to provide quality early learning in a nurturing environment, it exemplifies what quality childcare looks like. 

The educators have been with the business for a long time (great sign), the new owners (my lovely Amie), Des & Paula, and Roisin have immense experience working in the industry (unlike the corporate-owned, haven’t-worked-on-the floor-in-their-life-centres), and money isn’t being spent on digital marketing, it’s going to the development of the kids.


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