Childcare is working parents’ main concern. Astute readers with children already know that the quality of the daycare and the care the teachers provide are the most important factors under consideration during a daycare-center search. One may think what is there to do other than feeding and changing diapers. If we count the hours on weekdays, we will see that an infant or a toddler spends more conscious time in the daycare than with their parents. It is crucial that an infant or a toddler is receiving the proper care necessary for her/his development. We think that the following items are crucial when searching for a daycare-center for an infant or a toddler.
Speak with the Director and Ask your Questions
The first thing to do is to speak with the director of the childcare center. Keep your antenna alert. Some people are very good at advertising what they do, some are not but might be a better childcare provider. When you are searching, you must concentrate on the term “care”. Try to find how caring the director herself/himself is. Come up with a set of questions for the director. Ask about the student/teacher ratio. Ask how many teachers and kids are there in the class of your child. Walk away if you are not comfortable with too many kids in one room even if the standard student/caregiver ratio is maintained. Another crucial question is if there is at least one teacher who will be there the entire day. We would avoid a daycare if we find that different teachers are serving in the morning part and in the afternoon part. Many directors have a tendency of rushing by stating that only one spot is left in the class your child will be going. Please do not rush based on that. You may feel a similar rush when you buy a house. However, buying a house is a different topic. For now, let us stick with childcare. What I was saying is, go to all the daycare centers you have listed before making a final decision. I won’t be rushed by the crisis the director may have mentioned.
Note: We first published this post on Jun 29, 2016. We have reposted this after some modifications.