11 Things to Consider When Picking the Right Daycare For Your Child

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by Dr. Christopher Haines

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05.07.2022

When it comes time to find a daycare for your child, it can feel like a daunting task. With so many options available, how do you know which one is the right fit for your family? Here are 11 things to consider when picking the right daycare:

Location

You’ll want to choose a daycare that is conveniently located for you and your family. If you live in a busy urban area, you may want to find a daycare that is close to public transportation. If you live in a suburban area, you may want to find a daycare that is close to your home or work.

Cost

The cost of daycare can vary greatly depending on the location and type of care. This may also be dependent on the amount of time that your child will be a the daycare . Keep in mind that some daycare may charge a late fee if you are unable to pick your child up on time or if you get stuck at work. Be sure to consider your budget when choosing a daycare.

Teachers

When touring a daycare, be sure to ask about the experience and education of the teachers. You’ll want to make sure that your child is being cared for by qualified and caring individuals.

Program

Each daycare has their own program that they follow. Some daycares may have a more structured program with educational activities while others may have a more relaxed program. Be sure to ask about the program and what activities your child will be doing during the day.

Safety

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a daycare is safety. You’ll want to make sure that the facility is clean and well-maintained. You should also inquire about the safety procedures that are in place in case of an emergency. Make sure the facility is clean and well-maintained.

Illness policy

With so many children in one place, it’s important to know what the daycare’s policy is regarding illness. Be sure to ask about their procedures for dealing with sick children, when a child can return with an illness and how they prevent the spread of illness. This has become even more at the forefront with Covid-19.

Reputation

It’s important to do your research when it comes to the reputation of a potential daycare. Read online reviews and talk to other parents who have used the facility. Ask the facility for references and ask if you can spend a few hours observing the class that your child will be in.

Hours of Operation

Make sure the hours of operation for the daycare fit with your schedule. You’ll want to choose a place that is open when you need it to be. Also make sure you has flexibility with lateness as well as ask about the holiday schedule as this can vary greatly.

Staff

The staff at a daycare can make all the difference. Be sure to meet with the staff and get a feel for their experience and expertise.

Curriculum

If you’re looking for a particular type of care, such as Montessori or Waldorf, be sure to find a daycare that offers the curriculum you’re looking for.

Accreditation

When it comes to accreditation, not all daycares are created equal. Be sure to find out if the daycare you’re considering is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

These are just a few of the things to consider when choosing a daycare for your child. By taking the time to do your research, you can be sure to find a facility that is the right fit for your family.

What are some other things you would add to this list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

When it comes to finding a daycare, there are many factors to consider. The most important thing is that you find a safe and reputable facility that meets your needs and budget. With so many options available, it’s important to do your research before making a decision. Use this list as a starting point when considering which daycare is right for your family.

Have you had any experience with daycare? What tips would you add to this list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Happy searching!

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Authored by Azure Sullivan

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