Choosing a Daycare can be a daunting task. It is easier said than done. Even though Daycare United States has made it very easy for you, the parent, to search for Day Care / Child Care in your city/town, we still recommend that you do further research before you make the final decision of choosing a daycare / child care for your little ones.
Once you determine that the location of a day care / child care is suitable to you and you feel like placing your child in the environment, the first thing we recommend is visiting the day care center or day care home. Observe the setting, the toys, and safety measures implemented in the facility. Review the child care policy (if possible), how sick children are handled, and the kind of meals and snacks served (if any) to children. Reference checks are also highly recommended. Ask questions from previous and current parents that have placed their children in the day care / child care you are considering.
It is also helpful to inquire about the qualifications of the child care provider(s). Pursuing child care training or child development training on an ongoing basis, having CPR and First Aid certifications, and obtaining accreditations such as NAEYC (National Association For The Education Of Young Children), CDA (Child Development Associate) or NAFCC (National Association for Family Child Care) are indications of providers’ commitment to the safety and well being of the children in their care.
Once you choose a day care / child care, foster an on going quality relationship with your child’s care provider. Partner with the provider and show interest in the things that will benefit you, your child, and the provider alike.
Day Care United States has gathered useful links about what experts have to say about choosing a daycare / child care. We believe that these links will be useful to you, the parent.
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