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Trying to find the right Daycare Provider.....

My DD's are 2 & 1! They have never been in childcare, except with me or family. I'm nervous, scared and every other emotion there is. What do I need to look for when I go check out the centers I have interest in? What questions should I ask?

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Asked by knicole0708 at 6:18 PM on Feb. 16, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • Ask their philosophy on different items, like feeding, diapering, naps, discipline. Some centers have very private diapering areas, some not so much, is this important to you? Some center will NEVER use time out for any child under 2, some will. What method do you prefer? Pop in unannounced and ask to take a tour, and make mental notes of what you see. Before you entered the classroom, did teachers appear to be interacting with the children, or did you get the feeling it was a "show" because a prospective parent was there. Ash their teaching philosophies. Even at 1 and 2 the state requires the daycare to have a set schedule and "curriculum" ask to see it. Does it include lots of hands on activities, like art? Is there music and gross motor time planned into everyday? How does their outdoor equipment look? And ask about meals, are you to provide, or are they provided for the child. If provided, ask to see a menu. Good Luck :)

    Answer by ba13ygrl1987 at 6:27 PM on Feb. 16, 2011

  • I have a whole questionnaire - It's kinda lengthy so I'll break it up into posts.

    Are there staff other than yourself at your home? If so, are background checks done? Are they done at time of hire only or periodically? If so, how often? Have staff members been there longer than a year? Are different staff members there in the morning and afternoon? Alternate days?

    How many kids total are in your daycare? How long have they attended your daycare/facility? What are their ages? Are any of them your own children? What is the child to adult ratio?

    How many years experience do you have w/young children (age 1 and up)? Infants?

    Answer by cheekycherub at 6:28 PM on Feb. 16, 2011

  • Are infants fed and diapered according to their own schedules and needs or all infants fed and diapered at the same time?

    How quickly is a crying baby comforted?

    Are baby monitors in the room where the infant/children are sleeping?

    What rules must children follow? What happens if/when rules are broken? What happens if a child hits or bites another child?

    What is the notification process if there are car trips or walks?

    Answer by cheekycherub at 6:29 PM on Feb. 16, 2011

  • Does staff have infant CPR and first aid training? Adult/Children first aid and CPR training?

    Vacation/sick policy-
    If we go on vacation, are we still required to pay for those days/that week(s)?
    If your family goes on a vacation, are we still required to pay for that week(s)?
    Sick days? If you are sick, what is your policy? If we (parents) are sick & keep
    our child home w/us, what is your policy?
    What is your policy regarding the children if they are or become sick?

    What is your cancellation policy?

    What are your operation hours?

    Answer by cheekycherub at 6:29 PM on Feb. 16, 2011

  • Meals - Do we pack food and snacks or are they provided?

    Diapers and wipes - Do we provide or do you?

    What is your cost?
    If a parent is late, what is the extra charge?
    How do you require payments to be made?
    What form of payment do you accept?
    Do you prefer payments weekly, bi-weekly or monthly?

    What is your drop-in policy?

    Answer by cheekycherub at 6:29 PM on Feb. 16, 2011

  • What type of security measures do you take? (For example: security code, locked doors/screen windows, fenced yard, if an adult other than the parent wants to pick up a child).

    Cleaning supplies: Where are they located in the house? How easily accessible are they? (Are they locked)

    Guns/Safe: Are there guns in the house? Do you have a safe? Who knows the combination?

    Answer by cheekycherub at 6:30 PM on Feb. 16, 2011

  • iF YOU GO to your states websight there should be a link there that has to do with childcare with this link you can check out if anyone has ever been violated or anything and if they have what they were violated for, it helped me alot when selecting daycare...

    Answer by Elizabethmo2 at 6:31 PM on Feb. 16, 2011

  • Look at the adult/child ratio. Ask if parents can stop by during lunch to visit. (Open door policy) Talk to some of the parents when they pick up their kids. Are their teachers certified?

    You should also consider the distance from home, daycare and your work. Daycare should be in the middle but you have to decide whether you want it close to your home or office. If you're at work and you get a call that one of your dd's is sick, do you want a 5 min ride or 25 min ride to get them.

    Answer by robinkane at 6:35 PM on Feb. 16, 2011

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