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Anyone have any advice on good day cares?

We live in a suburb of philadephia. My son is 20 months and I want to put him in daycare two days a week. Both for his enrichements and so I can help out at the restaurant and have some time with other grown ups.

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SaraNicolle

Asked by SaraNicolle at 1:03 PM on Apr. 25, 2009 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • http://www.parents.com/app/checklist/?checklistId=3001e

    I work at a daycare...the best advice i could give is go to a few different ones, take a tour, and meet the other kids and teachers. ^ there is a checklist of all kinds of things you can look for when daycare hunting.

    Good Luck :-D
    *Tiffany
    tlmoss1986

    Answer by tlmoss1986 at 3:05 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • Go with your gut. If you enjoy the people a center isnt in the name it is about the people who work there and how they are. Ask alot and use the mommy gut best of luck.
    moma22angels

    Answer by moma22angels at 3:10 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • If it smell like amonia,or pee,run,it means it is a dirty daycare.if they say you have to make an apointment then just walk away.They should be inviting and watch for the reactions of everyone.read there faces,cause if they look kinda stunned then they almost got cought.what ever it was they were doing.You want to look for a very clean,very welcoming day care.look around,does the toys look clean.do they look played with,cause if they are dirty leave.if they dont even look played with,there is a posiblity they have never been played with.Ask them to look at the whole place,not just the place you child will be kept.Look at the childeren,are they clean,are their clothes clean.Do they look like they are being cared well for.You have to walk in and use your eyes and nose.This is very inportant,cause you can smell a clean or dirty place.and you can see so many thing with your eyes,that you realy didnt know you could.and cont..down
    theresa

    Answer by theresa at 3:27 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • Continued from above:And also if you use your ears,just listen,Listen to the sounds.Is it a happy sounding place,laughter,cheerful children,or is there a lot of crying sad faces.screaming,Are the teachers on the childs level speeking to them,is her voice friendly or is it harsh.listen to what you hear going on in the rooms you are not in.Listening is a big thing cause you can hear so much,but one thing is most inportant you,your instencts.your intincts will yell at you to leave,runnn,or they will say ok,Lets do it.But you have to listen to your inner self cause if you feel something just isnt right,well it probly isnt.Hope this helps and good luck.
    theresa

    Answer by theresa at 3:33 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • Watch how the staff interacts with the kids. Try to get there around pick up or drop off and talk to parents.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 4:27 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

  • i would say go with home day care over daycare centers because there is a more personal touch and more attention but still other kids to play with. i would start by asking ur friends, sisters, sisters in law, mother, etc to see who they use. and dont commit to one place right away, go there, meet them, see their house, see how they treat the kids, try it out for a few days, then decide.
    Butterflysky_24

    Answer by Butterflysky_24 at 6:55 PM on Apr. 25, 2009

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