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Tips on Finding and Picking a Daycare

When you are picking a daycare center for your child, it is most important to make sure the center is safe. By using special checklists such as, teacher to child ratios, security to enter the center, what entity is licensing the center and what type of education the teachers have, you should be able to assess this easily. Of course it is also important to make sure that you feel secure there as well.

joanne
Tue, 09 Jun 2009 04:30:25 +0000

if i was picking a daycare for my children i would look for the ones most qualified

m16_cartridges
Tue, 09 Jun 2009 14:36:04 +0000

The best daycares are places you feel comfortable with!

Elisa Murray
Tue, 09 Jun 2009 15:36:14 +0000

Ensure the daycare center is quite near to your home. And it should be very popular and well known among people. Hygiene and children care should be their top priority.

Saravanan
Tue, 09 Jun 2009 16:29:56 +0000

It is important when looking for a Daycare to drop in unexpectantly at various times of the day. Also do a state background check on the facility. Make sure everyone is licensed. Also make sure all employees, not just those working directly with the children, have had a criminal background check.

cangel
Tue, 09 Jun 2009 22:53:24 +0000

I think the daycare you choose, should be one who has personnel who actually have children themselves or have had children. They can relate to the whole situation a whole lot better compared to someone who has not had children.

The daycare should also have a structed program, which should be explained to you up front and you should be able to observe at will before choosing this day care. Popping in at unexpected times, is a good way to see what goes on.

Also, it should be clean and children should have a nap period.

bluish girl
Thu, 11 Jun 2009 00:09:17 +0000

Research, research, research. Check up on all the adults at the daycare to make sure they're qualified to take care of your child. They should have lots of experience and know what to do in all situations.

Sam
Thu, 11 Jun 2009 06:02:35 +0000

When we pick a day care for our child it is important to check whether it has all facilities. Also it must be hygenic and clean. The teacher and the ayas must have patience and caring towards the child. They should understand the child's needs.

Nisha Nisar
Thu, 11 Jun 2009 16:53:00 +0000

Always trust your instincts. Also, make sure that the place is close to your home. Lastly, make sure the child enjoys the place, allow him/her to play in a classroom and watch the interactions.

Kristi
Thu, 11 Jun 2009 19:14:43 +0000

Visit the daycare first. Look around at the children, do they seem happy? Try to go at a time when parents will be picking up or dropping off their kids. Talk with them and get their opinion on the place.

Nathan
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 02:21:13 +0000

Check to see whether the daycare is NAEYC-accredited. Look for low staff turnover. If your child has a peanut allergy, ask whether the site is peanut-free/peanut-aware such that other children are not allowed to bring food with peanuts.

rachel
Fri, 12 Jun 2009 05:45:57 +0000

In terms of finding a daycare center, it might be a good idea to ask other parents about their experiences with specific daycare places. They might be able to tell you about the safety and quality of some centers. Also, they can tell you about the costs of certain daycare locations to help you decide what you can afford.

Kate
Sat, 13 Jun 2009 05:03:43 +0000

If I was to have to pick a place to leave my child I would try to ask some of the other parents that leave there children there.
Make sure it is a safe enviroment. If you are having problems choosing one just check a phonebook under the "childcare" column.

spyder
Sat, 13 Jun 2009 16:09:14 +0000

Make sure the people who work there are well qualified. Askk other parents how the service is.
Talk to the people who will be with your child.

d
Sat, 13 Jun 2009 16:13:59 +0000

1. Decide about center. Close to Home? Close to Work? Want the child to be with Several children or smaller groups?
2. Get the phone number and call them and ask preliminary questions.
3. Get your child with you to the center before joining.
4. Check about the center by calling the parents of the children who are currently at the center.
5. once you find the day care center is better then admit you child.

a
Sat, 13 Jun 2009 18:49:05 +0000

Before you decide on any day care, go there in person to check the place out. Ask the important questions. Ask about the child to staff ratio. Ask about the center's policies. Ask how the center cares for sick children.

Sarah
Sun, 14 Jun 2009 18:44:37 +0000

Interview the owners of the daycare you are considering. Ask for references and take a tour of the facility. You may also want to check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure there are not any complaints against the business. Also, ask other parents that use the daycare.

Alan
Sun, 14 Jun 2009 22:35:29 +0000

If your employer offers an EAP, you can generally contact them for help in finding a day care that best suits your needs. They will often send you a checklist of questions to ask along with the list of daycares in your area. You'll need to tell them the zip code area you are look in, the hours of care that you need, and any idea philosophies that the daycare embraces (religious, Montessori, unaffiliated, etc). It's handy when you don't have a lot of time to narrow down the choices yourself.

shana
Mon, 15 Jun 2009 04:53:53 +0000

The most important thing when finding daycare for your child is to make sure that the daycare is licenesed. Also, all of their employees in the daycare should be fingerprinted. You can do this by going to your local agency that licenses childcare providers and facilities and pulling their records and verifying their complaint status.

ivy
Mon, 15 Jun 2009 07:49:06 +0000

If we want to send our children to daycare,the first thing we have to see is whether it is licensed or not.Then talk to the working staffs and test their their patience because childcare needs lots of patience.Then see whether the place is comfortable to our child.

hasan
Tue, 16 Jun 2009 02:41:42 +0000

I think the staff who take care of the child should be well known,you should have their phone numbers and home addressses.The age of the staff is also an important factor as young people can take care of the child more efficiently.If possible you should be well known about the nature of the staff as you can guess how well they would take care of your child

sakshi
Wed, 17 Jun 2009 05:02:47 +0000

Ask the important questions. Ask about the child to staff ratio. Ask about the center's policies. Ask how the center cares for sick children.Before you decide on any day care, go there in person to check the place out.

Ataul Islam
Thu, 18 Jun 2009 11:36:58 +0000

When picking a daycare, you should be able to drop into the daycare at anytime during the day. If they won't allow that, then they are essentially saying "We need to clean up/ get prepared for your visit". If placing an infant, look around at the infants in the center. Are they cying? How does the staff handle the crying infant while you are there? Do they ignore him, pick him up?

Ali
Thu, 18 Jun 2009 13:27:33 +0000

Take a look at satisfaction of other people using the daycare and also take into account the amount it will cost and also the quality it claims to have and the quality it demonstrates.

Josh Godbey
Sat, 20 Jun 2009 06:56:27 +0000

Ask to see the menu. The daycare should be serving healthy well balanced meals that follow the food guide.

Ruth
Sun, 21 Jun 2009 01:45:36 +0000

When it comes to picking a daycare, the facility should be convenient to you with regards to picking up your children in an emergency. The people who run the facility should constantly be positive towards the children and should be allowing the children to grow without being mean towards one another.

Current Day Care Owner
Sun, 21 Jun 2009 15:21:05 +0000

Depending on your needs (cost, schedule, distance, etc), consider several type of daycare for comparison. A daycare center is generally bigger, more complete in regards to equipment, staff, and curriculum; home-based tends to be smaller, less costly, but just as structured as a montessori/center. Many home-based daycare are state-licensed, which means they must follow certain guidelines regarding the caregiver's background, the type of meals provided for the children, and providing educational activities.

Contact the provider and get as much info as you can by phone before making a site visit. Bring your child to the visit whenever possible. His/her interaction with the provider (and other children) will tell you whether the place will be a good fit for both parent and child. Speak with other parents during the visit if you can, or request a parent referral.

tsa
Mon, 22 Jun 2009 05:01:51 +0000

Do not be afraid to request references from your prospective daycare. A reputable provider will not be afraid to provide you with names and numbers of previous clients. When calling those previous clients do not be afraid to ask them as many questions as possible. Whether they were pleased or displeased with the service they received from the provider they should be happy to speak to you.

cactusmom
Mon, 22 Jun 2009 14:03:30 +0000

Many individuals advertise daycare services by means of newspaper ads and bulletin board notices. Many people rely on daycare centers and individuals to take care of their kids while they're away. A reliable and trustworthy childcare provider will be more than willing to provide references.

anonymous
Mon, 22 Jun 2009 22:31:45 +0000

when decided to leave your child in the day care,u must check for childs security there.u must enquire about the number of teachers and kids there.u must check whether the environment is clean&well maintained there.finally, enquire about the behaviour of teachers with the kids.

ramya
Tue, 23 Jun 2009 06:00:02 +0000

Finding a good daycare can be difficult. I found it best to conatact the state and was given a list of the licensed daycare providers in my area. I then picked several daycares and visited them in person. you want a facility that is clean and organized and your child responds well to to the staff. Also talk with friends and family to see who they use as a daycare provider.

meeky
Wed, 24 Jun 2009 08:15:34 +0000

If at all possible, try to spend some time at the daycare you are thinking of sending your child to. If you don't feel comfortable with it at the end of the visit, then trust your instincts and stear clear of it. If you go off f references from famly and friends, make sure you have plenty of them to base your decision off of. One person saying this place is great means nothing if fifteen others say they won't ever send their kids there again.

smithangel
Wed, 24 Jun 2009 20:33:05 +0000

Having worked in daycare environment, it might seem important to know the education level of the workers that are there or the backgrounds that they possess, such as their personal experience with children, and their goals and desires as far as children are concerned. What I also call "passion". When a worker does the job just for money, then they have no true desire to take care of kids. While daycare pay is not much, some of the workers themselves might be on federally funded assistance and be part of the lower social and economic class in our society. This might preclude them from having higher education but does not mean they will provide less than adequate child care, love, and compassion to the children in their watch. Childcare establishments that have a director that is well liked by the employees is another bonus. How do you get to this information? Ask a few employees if they will babysit for you after hours...get them in your home, ask them in a personal one on one manner but not as an interview.

Ria
Thu, 25 Jun 2009 14:55:58 +0000

I would definitely ask your friends and coworkers what they think about a daycare you are considering. Appearances can sometimes be deceptive, and sometimes, word of mouth can give a more accurate depiction of what a place is like. While you should take every comment with a grain of salt, sometimes advice from others can help you avoid a bad situation.

Goldiefish000
Thu, 25 Jun 2009 16:14:26 +0000

If you have friends with children in daycares, ask for their opinion/help. You should make sure that the daycare center is clean, and a good environment for your child to be in. You can also try looking for a daycare in the local newspaper, or in the yellow pages.

kassyg
Sat, 27 Jun 2009 02:34:45 +0000

Most important is visiting the daycare, and looking around carefully. Observe everything. Is the daycare clean? Is it safe? How are things stored? Does it look neat and organized? How do the kids look? Are they happy and engaged? Then talk with the providers. How qualified are they, do they seem to like their job?

Mike R
Wed, 01 Jul 2009 03:03:28 +0000

Being licensed is of top priority when choosing a daycare. I would also spend some time observing the atmosphere to ensure that it is comfortable and loving. Lastly, I would ensure that all food is healthy and wholesome.

boocher
Wed, 01 Jul 2009 13:28:37 +0000

When picking a daycare, start with providers who are licensed by the state (in most states). They will have met the minimum background and compliance requirements. But that is only the basic qualification. Start with a phone interview: make sure you are comfortable with the person on the phone. Use this to "pre-qualify" the provider. If you don't like them on the phone then look for someone else. Then have an on-site interview without taking your child. You want to be comfortable with the provider and their facility. It is okay to not select someone or a place because you don't feel right. It is also good to not take the child because then you can see how the provider treats/listens/interacts with you as a parent. If the child is there they will be a distraction for both you and the provider. Just because a child seems to get along with someone quickly does not mean they are a good provider for you. Children tend to be more trusting of new people (after that initial shock of meeting someone) so you have to rely on your own sense of someone to begin building trust.

Mark
Wed, 01 Jul 2009 15:31:25 +0000

I would drop by un-announced and look at the center when they are not expecting me. Any place would be on its best behavior if expecting parents, but a quick stop in would catch them off-guard and show who they really are.

Pat
Wed, 01 Jul 2009 15:58:11 +0000

I would go for a surprise visit
i would check for references
i would see how much time is spent with learning

rae
Wed, 01 Jul 2009 19:23:20 +0000

When picking a daycare you want to first visit and get to know the employees. Research it online and talk to people that leave their children there. While there you should find out their discipline policies and check the cleanliness of the place.

George
Wed, 01 Jul 2009 21:54:49 +0000

I think that picking a good daycare is very important. I would get online and see if people have reviewed their daycare. I would also take the time to get their qualifications and the background of the people that would be working with your child.

JYorkie
Thu, 02 Jul 2009 01:32:29 +0000

Word of mouth is a great way to locate a good day care. However, don't just trust your friend's recommendations. Visit the facility and speak to the director. Ask to observe for a few minutes.

flutemom
Thu, 02 Jul 2009 01:56:54 +0000

Go visit the prospective daycare center. After you have checked the obvious (eg, is the center licensed? are the providers trained? is it safe? ), ask the person giving you your tour about the length of time that the teachers normally stay. When she says (as she will) that they have a tremendous retention rate, ask her specifically how long the teachers who would be in your child's room have been at the center. Then ask every teacher you meet. A great teacher is not necessarily one who has been at the same place for 10 years. However, if the senior staff have only been there a year and the others turn over every 3 months, this is not the place where you want your child.

kate
Thu, 02 Jul 2009 05:54:26 +0000

First I would search online to find providers in my area. They would have to be licensed by the state. Then I would talk with the prospective provider on the telephone to make sure that the daycare provided the services I needed. After that I would have a sit down face to face interview with the prospective provider. At that time we would probably go over the contract. Also at that time the provider would meet the child. I would mostly likely interview two or three providers. Then would make a decision on which one would be best for my child and us.

BrianK57
Thu, 02 Jul 2009 12:53:08 +0000

When choosing a daycare, choose a daycare that is in the home of someone who already has a child. They will not be surprised with the messes your child makes, or the crazyness your child exhibits only when you aren't around. Someone with their own child is more likely to understand the issues a parent goes through and when you discuss your concerns with them, they can take them to heart. Also, if they are in their own home, the daycare owner is more likely to keep a closer eye on your child because they don't want any of their belongings destroyed.

Mamma's Milk
Thu, 02 Jul 2009 19:51:34 +0000

I recommend using an at home daycare.
Be sure to get a background check if you are using an individual.
Ask to stay for a couple days and sit in with your child, if they refuse, do not give them your business.
It is up to the center to get their business from you, just because the daycares have waiting lists doesn't mean you owe them anything, or that you can't get the satisfaction you deserve that your child is being well taken care of.
Go with your gut.

Melissa
Thu, 02 Jul 2009 20:53:39 +0000

I would pick a daycare that is relatively close to my house so I can always check up on my kid. Also, you must feel comfortable leaving your kid in the hands of another person. Do not drop your kid off at a daycare that you do not trust.

malaka jones
Fri, 03 Jul 2009 18:40:25 +0000

Day care centers shall provide a common enviornment for children, since children experience daily separation from the mother and enter the new world. Day care centers shall provide toys and more tactile contact like fondling, patting etc,.

vijaykumar
Sat, 04 Jul 2009 12:01:47 +0000

If you are looking at daycare homes, be sure to make sure they have an open door policy. What I mean by that is not that they have their doors unlocked (depending on where you live that could be dangerous) but that they will allow you to visit or pick up your child at anytime they are in the home. If they don't want you i the home during certain periods of time, I wouldn't even consider the home. And if they do allow that- make surprise visits to make sure everything is going well.

Shire
Sat, 04 Jul 2009 21:02:36 +0000

Picking a daycare is a very important decision for a parent. I made a checklist of the things that were most important to me and then visited several daycare franchises to compare and contrast how they measured up to my requirements. I also visited at "odd" times of the day, my visits were not able to be expected by the staff and I could see how things were run "normally". There's always the gut feeling value, but then there's things that can be measured that are more tangible such as:
accreditation;
pleasant staff;
staff qualifications/education;
a good staff to child ratio;
good security;
cleanliness;
a thorough "class" and event schedule;
a healthy menu;
a commitment to contact me if there were any "issues" with my child;
cost;

jessica
Sun, 05 Jul 2009 03:57:39 +0000

The best way is when you make a visit, must see how the management is communicating with you, in showing every facilities they can offer your child, and specially for food and other essentials.also you can judge by their politeness their kind behaviour,

shaukat
Sun, 05 Jul 2009 12:17:44 +0000

When picking out a day care you need to do some investigation. First talk to other people that have children in day care. Check out the day care you are considering, make unexpected visits to insure your childs safety. Check out several locations before making a decision and always check with your local authorites to insure there have been no complaints against the facility your are considering.

Dream
Sun, 05 Jul 2009 15:12:02 +0000

Make sure the place has a good vibe. Flowers, a nice neighborhood and things that make you feel at ease. Never even consider a place that makes you feel at all weary.

Bella Davis
Sun, 05 Jul 2009 21:53:14 +0000

Make sure you can come anytime of the day. Come up with questions, lots of questions. Make sure some of your questions will be things they are not able to do (for example hold your infant "x" amount of time per day). The trick here is to see how they respond to you, not necessarily what your answer is. Come up with different scenarios (if "x" happened what would you do?). This should give you a good feel for how you can work together. another example is to ask something like "this is how I parent, when my child hits I always give them a 2 minute time out and then make them apologize to the other person. Is this something you are willing to do so there is consistency?" After a good round of these questions you should have a prety good feel for the place after doing all the other obvious things.

Minneginny
Mon, 06 Jul 2009 17:26:16 +0000

Try to find a daycare that someone you know and trust uses. Ask if it is ok for you to take a tour. Drop in during the daytime unexpected, see how things are going throughout the day. If they have nothing to hide they should not have a problem with you checking in. Park in the parking lot and watch the activity on the playground at recess.

Marybeth
Tue, 07 Jul 2009 02:27:06 +0000

Personally, i think that the choosing of a day care is one the most important, yet undervalued, decisions a parent can make for their child. Having worked day cares for a number of years, i know that if at all possible i would not place my child in a day care, but for many working parents that is simply not an option. Please do your research and be vigilant and observant of the day care you decide to place your child into.

Raymond
Tue, 07 Jul 2009 03:00:34 +0000

if I visit daycare i will be happy. The day i visit i will be valued in this world. Because whatever the parents did to her child will be helpful to the child only. So please watch the child day to day.

shyam
Tue, 07 Jul 2009 08:05:03 +0000

Definitely shop around when you are looking for a daycare. You don't have to go with something traditional. Your city may provide a list of independent home providers, many of whom can be very good. Don't just go with your first impression--stop by the daycare several times at different times of the day to get a good overall feel for the place.

Michelle G
Tue, 07 Jul 2009 15:47:38 +0000

First - check if they are licensed in the state.
Then check to make sure they are open for arbitrary visits.
I would not trust a place that would hide what they do with the kids.

Jerry
Tue, 07 Jul 2009 16:21:55 +0000

First talk to people you know that go to the daycare. Find out what they like (and don't like) about the place.
Next go in for a tour and decide what you think of the place. Meet the person/people that will be taking care of your child(ren). You are a good judge of people and if you don't like them your child probably won't either.
Last do a test run with the daycare. This is going to be the best predictor.

Micki
Tue, 07 Jul 2009 21:15:54 +0000

make sure the facility allows you to drop in at any time you choose during the day. also, make sure you can view the rooms through a window or a camera.

kelli
Tue, 07 Jul 2009 22:31:03 +0000

If I was looking for a daycare for my child I would make sure that the place is accredited. My child seems comfortable and happy there. The place is clean and is staffed properly with employees who show true interest in my child's well being.

GabrielsMom8
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 05:13:02 +0000

If you get good feedback about a particular daycare from your friends,dont jump the gun and enroll your children there.Take some pain yourself visit the daycare ,examine it closely,see the way they take care of the children,then you decide whether it is suitable for your child or no.

tub128
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 07:17:01 +0000

For my child's daycare to be safe, it has to have a security code thing when you go to pick up and drop off your child. make sure the teachers are nice, and dont act fake. Do not go to Robins nest in Dover.!! the teachers are abusive!!

Breeya J
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 10:16:36 +0000

When finding & choosing daycare, state licensure organizations can be very useful. In Massachusetts, for example, the Dept of Early Education and Care (http://www.eec.state.ma.us/index.aspx) provides tips for selecting daycare options and has a searchable database of all licensed providers. This is a great way to narrow down to providers in your geographic area, and get information about the service types, provider setting, and staffing. Once you have a short list to consider, in addition to the things recommended above, I would also suggest getting referrals from other parents whose children attend the daycare.

Kat
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 16:01:13 +0000

Security and safety are a must but I consider these items necessary to just make it to the final cut list. Things that I would check into after you have narrowed the pack to the final few are:
1. How do they handle sick children. Any sickness your kid gets, you will also get. You also need a plan for those days when you (and your spouse) have a business critical meeting and your child gets sick. Daycares that have a "sick room" where they will segregate sick children for an hour or two are a real life saver.
2. How happy and active are the kids. You want a daycare where the kids are happy and moving when they are not napping-- that way they will be happy and relaxed when at home.
3. Check the attitude of the daycare workers. One that smiles will also smile at your angel and make them grow up happy and secure. This is sometimes impacted by class size but also some people are just suited for this work.

MJB
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 16:41:15 +0000

You need to see if a home based or professional setting is right for you. Go in the middle of the day to see the kids and teachers interacting. Look around to see what the kids are doing and how the teachers react to things the kids are doing. Most important take your child with you and see how they like their new surroundings. Also if there are other parents there when you are ask them about their experience and how they have liked the school.

Juli
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 16:50:32 +0000

Look at the children's faces when they are being dropped off, do they look scared or happy? How does your own child view the place? They should be excited to go there and eager to play and learn. The place should be happy and clean, with caring staff who will protect the children.

mnolan
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 17:22:52 +0000

Ask whether the day care staff are qualified to teach literacy skills. It's important for preschoolers to have lots of time to play and talk, and have rich, hands-on experiences to talk about. They should be exploring interesting topics, learning new words, and hearing books read to them every day so that they start kindergarten ready to learn.

Martha Vockley
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 17:26:16 +0000

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