Choosing the right Daycare for you and your child
One of the toughest decisions you will make as a parent returning back to the work force is finding the right daycare setting for your newborn. The search process itself isn't easy. Many daycares are full and have waiting lists while others may be too expensive to consider. There are many factors to consider when researching daycare. Some of the factors are as follows:
Begin your quest for a daycare as soon as you realize that you will need it. Many daycares require a deposit to hold a place for your child.
Ask Those who know
Ask seasoned daycare parents about they daycare they've used and tap into the research they have already done. Their input can be extremely helpful.
Look for a Nurturing Environment
Children require nurturing to grow healthy minds and bodies. Observe the environment as you tour the facility. See how the children interact with other children and the workers.
Be Comfortable with the Method Of Discipline
Ask how a daycare disciplines a child. If you are not comfortable with their methods walk way.
Pay Attention to Safety and Cleanliness
What are the security procedures? Does the daycare follow a safety protocol? How clean are the bathrooms? Are play areas messy or orderly?
Assess the Communication
How proactive is the daycare with communication? Will you get a summary of your child's day or week? Will you be called immediately if there is a concern? Are they approachable?
Understand the sick policy
Most daycares are specific about what constitutes a sick child or an ear infection. Make sure you know the rules before you drop your child off for the day or risk being called to pick up.