At some point, the majority of parents need to look for childcare. Whether it’s simply for date nights, a full time nanny, or a daycare center — each comes with a set of questions that need to be asked in the process.
Most of us know to ask for references, do a background check, see what experience they’ve had in the past. We look for a cleaned up, cheerful person who genuinely enjoys being around children and is capable of making important decisions quickly.
But what else? When it gets down to the long term relationship between a caregiver and a parent, it’s the little things that often erode the trust and bond between you and the person who watches your child. Some minor things can turn into major issues if ever presented, and it’s best to try to get them out in the open before they happen. Expectations of a job can be very different if they aren’t communicated up front.
Below are just a few things you may want to ask your caregiver(s) while talking with them about the kind of care you’re looking for. You have a right to know your rules are being followed, your parenting is being respected, and your child being cared for the best way possible – but they have a right to know that they are meeting your expectations from the start. Don’t be shy when voicing concerns or asking about things that worry you. Any good provider will go out of their way to assure you that they job they do is the very best you’ll find. These are some guidelines to keep in mind that have worked for me:
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Diana blogs on raising a toddler daughter, the loss of her twin boys, and their families’ adoption on the aptly named Hormonal Imbalances. Smaller glimpses into her day are on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
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