- Home based daycare – This can be either through a stay at home mom that accepts a few children to take care of along with her own or it can be a licensed in home daycare that has several employees
- Daycare centers – These must be licensed and have to follow specific rules and regulations
Preparing To Send Your Child To A CrecheWhether you choose to have your child go to a daycare center or a home based environment, there are certain things that you can do to help guide you through the process.
- Plan ahead – Start planning long before the baby is even born. Many day cares have long waiting lists. If you wait until the last minute, you will be left scrambling to find somewhere and may be forced to settle for something you just don’t feel comfortable with.
- Ask around – Talk to everyone you can about places they themselves have used or their friends use. This will help give you great insight into any good or bad daycare settings. Ask as many questions you can about their experiences. If you don’t know anyone that can recommend someone, ask the daycare for the names of some of the parents that send their children there. Give them a call and ask them their opinions.
- Take a tour – Ask to take a tour of the daycare setting while it is open. Even better, stop by unannounced. This will give you a good chance to observe the interaction between the providers and the children. Stop and speak to the personnel to get a feel for their personalities. Take a look at all areas of the facility to check for cleanliness and any safety concerns (bathroom, kitchen area, sleeping area, etc). Bring a list of questions with you to ask while you are there. That way you won’t get distracted and forget to ask.
- Try it out – Before commiting to a day care, have your child spend a day there to see how they do and if they like it. First days can always be a little rough, but it will give you a feel for how things may work out.
Questions To Ask Potential CrecheSome questions you may want to ask include:
- Do you allow cloth diapers? Do you help with potty training?
- What is your discipline procedure?
- Do you have a feeding schedule or do you feed my child according to their own schedule?
- How do you handle nap time? Where do the children sleep? Can they bring their own sleeping items?
- What is your sickness policy? How well is it enforced?
- What is your emergency procedure? Is your facility prepared for emergencies? (fire alarms, smoke detectors, sprinklers)
- What kind of education/certification do your providers have?
- Are your employees CPR trained?
- How do you deal with food allergies? Is there a separate feeding area?
- What is your screening process for your employees? (drug screening, background checks, etc)
- How many children are there for each provider?
- How is your daycare kept sanitary and safe from germs?
- What is your procedure for dropping off and picking up children? Do you check the identity of anyone picking up my child?
- Do you separate the children by age? Do you have separate age-appropriate/safety appropriate toys for each age group?
- What kinds of activities will my child be doing? What will you be teaching them at their age level?
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