Things a Parent Should Consider Before Selecting a Daycare
When looking for childcare there are many things you will want to consider before selecting a provider for your child. Whether you are looking for an in home provider or a daycare where you drop your child off most of these apply. With an in home provider there is going to be a couple more things you will want to check on.
The first thing you will want to do is check out the history of the provider you are looking into. You will want to know how long they have been in business or how long they have been providing in home care. If you are satisfied with their experience, then take the next step of checking them out.
Checking for legal issues can be a headache but is worth it when your child is involved. You are going to want to make sure no one has filed any type of suit against the company you are looking at.
On Site Walk Through
After you are satisfied with the history and find no legal issues you will want to do a walk through or tour of the daycare center. When doing this you are looking for safety hazards and cleanliness. You will also want to look at the toys your child will play with and any other potentially harmful areas.
Conduct an Interview
After your tour you will want to interview the provider; after all you are going to paying them. You will want to ask them about their discipline methods, the types of snacks your child will receive, what type of entertainment your child will receive, if there is a set nap time, and about transportation to and from school. You will also want to ask for references from people that are not friends or relatives of the provider.
After going through the work to get references make sure to follow up with them. Ask them if they have had any problems with the provider and how satisfied they have been. Also ask them how long they have been using the provider.
After doing all this work it is now time for your child to meet the potential provider. The purpose of this meeting is to see how well your child will interact with the provider. After you have made the introductions you will want to step back a little and observe what is going on. Your child may be shy at first and this is a good time to really see how the provider will interact with your child. If your child warms up quickly and you are happy with the interaction you see, then you may have found a great match.
It is a parent’s responsibility to ensure that their child’s needs are met when using a daycare provider, and it is also the parent’s responsibility to inform the provider of any needs their child has. After research and hard work you as a parent will know when the provider is right for your child.