Our first 2 kids were in child care from the age of 2 until grade school. We had a long grueling process trying to find a good fit last time, but at the end of the day found a great in-home child care provider who ended up watching our kids for several years. Unfortunately we are too far away for the toddlers to attend her school but thankfully having done this before we know the right questions to ask.
If you are in the process of looking for child care, check out these tips to help your search.
Here are 5 Helpful Tips for Finding a Good Day Care:
Ask for Referrals 1 of 5We don't know anyone in this area, but have found a local moms group online and have found a few referrals that way.
Ask the Daycare Good Questions 2 of 5Make sure you get specifics on: class to student ratio, vacation (many schools require you pay when your on vacation), curriculum and hours.
State Licensing Information 3 of 5
Show Up Unannounced 4 of 5Show up unexpected when touring daycares. Sure, you can call ahead but when it comes to viewing surprise them. When looking for a day care for our oldest, we had heard great things about a day care facility. I talked to the manager on the phone and I was optimistic we had found a place for our little girl. Then we toured the place. There were kids sleeping in the halls on the cold floor (I was told "they ran out of space"), the facility was filthy and I was mortified!
Follow Your Instincts 5 of 5If you have a bad feeling about a school or teacher, PASS and move along to the next option.
What Tips Do You Have for Helping Others Find a Good Day Care?
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