As a parent, you know full well how unique your child is. You know how their personality is one of a kind. Raising your child, you probably found all these silly tricks and ways to get him to finish their vegetables or to get to bed on time. Your child is the most precious part of your life and even the smallest details are to be treasured.
So when choosing a daycare, there are a lot of things to consider.. Picking where to send your children for their first big experience with other children. Here are a few pointers:
1. Get references – List all possible choices, call your friends or child care experts in the area. Check online for lists of reputable centers in your area. A personal recommendation is always great. So ask them for details!
2. Get visiting – It’s amazing what you can tell about a place when you actually step inside. First impressions and the general feel of the place make a big impact! Bringing your child along could help you see how they react to the space and atmosphere.
3. Get asking – Once you’re there, have a sit down with someone in charge and ask some questions like:
-What is the child to adult ratio? Are there enough adults around to supervise all the children?
-What is the group size? You child can really stand out in a smaller group, plus they feel more like family!
-Ask about the qualifications of the caregivers. Where did they train, how long have they been caring for children. The more seasoned, the better. It’s best if your child spends at least a year with the same caregivers so familiarity, trust and a sense of stability can be nurtured.
-Ask about the accreditation of the center! Later, you can check online for reviews for verification. You can never be too sure or too safe when it comes to your child.
4. Finally, it is ultimately up to you to make the choice. No two daycare centers are the same, so it is about choosing your personal best option.
Choosing may be the last step, but it isn’t the end of the process. Attend caregiver-parent meetings. Go to the class functions and events. Be there for your child’s birthday party at the center and visit often. It will be assuring for your child to see your face. Your involvement will make the daycare experience even better for your children!