You will want to look for providers and programs that also meet your needs around location, schedules and language. Once you have interviewed them over the phone. Visit them. Visit more than once, make one of the visits unannounced, and visit at different times of the day.Look for the following during your visit.
• If the child care program is licensed, the license should be posted
• The environment should be safe, clean, secure and free of health hazards
• There should be plenty of space both indoors & out for children to play
• There should be a place for the children to nap as well as space for quiet or private time
• There should be space to temporarily isolate a sick child
• Ideally, the provider will participant in the Child Care Food Program
• If meals and snacks are served, they should be healthy and nutritious and the food preparation area should be clean and safe
• Each child should have a place for his or her personal belongings
• Emergency numbers should be posted by the telephone
• The first aid kit should be easily accessible
• Look for safety hazards. Electrical outlets should be covered with safety caps and there should be no dangling cords, either electrical or on drapes or blinds. Stairs should be blocked by safety gates that are attached to the wall; preasure gates are not sufficient to ensure safety around stairs.
• There should be fire extinguishers/smoke alarms installed
• Smoking and alcohol should be prohibited when children are present
• If pets are present, they should have health records on file and should not pose a hazard to the children
• Providers and center staff should have first aid and CPR training
• Children and staff should wash hands before eating & after toileting
• The provider or center should provide you with references
• Providers and staff should have knowledge and experience in child development
• Look for possible staffing isssues. There should be enough staff that children are supervised at all times
• Ideally, each child will have a primary caregiver
• You will need to ask questions to determine whether or not the programs policies about nutrition, toileting, napping and discipline are consistent with those of your family
by Celeste Wilson 6 years ago
At what age will you let your child go into a public restroom alone?I am a mother of a 12 year old son and I am very nervous about mall safety. I don't allow him to go to the bathroom on his own. When he is in there on his own, I have no idea what is happening.
by ctpi262 9 years ago
Did anyone catch that story on Sexting on Good Morning America today ( http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=7337547&page=1)? I was astounded when I saw it. My thoughts go out to the girl's famlies. What do you as parents do to bring awareness or protect your child from a stiuation like this?
by Zaiden Jace 5 years ago
How do you feel about kid leashes?
by AustralianNappies 5 years ago
What is your reason for enrolling your baby in a child care facility?My toddler attends child care 2 days a week because I work part time and I want babysitting close to my work place.
by igniter8503 15 months ago
Why don't people care for their kids anymore??In today's world we see more parents not taking care of their kids the right way either ditching them with other people to take care of or no caring for them in general why do you think this???Their is more kids growing up in foster care or with grand...
by Kim Lam 6 years ago
What's the typical rate for childcare?
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