Helpful Checklist For Parents
There are various questions to ask yourself (as
the parent) and the child care
provider before you make the final decision of
leaving your child in a certain
daycare. Answers from such questions should clearly
indicate that if you
eventually choose the child care home or child
care center you are considering,
your child will be safe, secure, and happy while
you are at work or school.
The answers you receive from the questions you
ask yourself will most likely
be derived from your own observation of the
child care setting during your visit. For
example, unanounced visits will tell you whether the child care provider is
consistently attentive to the needs of the
children in his or her care. Are
children well supervised while indoors or outdoors? Are children encouraged
to wash their hands after using the washroom to
prevent the spread of germs?
Are child care providers interactive with the
Answers received from providers will help
you compare the providers' child care
offering to your criteria. What kinds of meals
are served? Are there set times for
napping? Do providers take on-going training
that help them enhance the quality
of child care? Is at least one or more of the
providers First Aid or CPR trained? Are
diaper changing areas cleaned regularly? Are
there guidelines for handling sick
children? What is the adult-child ratio?
All of these questions and more will help you
know what is best for your child. In
the end, follow your gut, it's usually right!
Check out the following links on helpful
checklist for selecting a daycare
or child care for your little precious one.
Daycare United States - Local Daycare
Is This The Right Place For My Child?
Child Care Checklist For Parents