No one ever said choosing childcare was a simple task. It’s one of the most important decisions you’ll make and for many parents this means weeks maybe even months of researching and planning ahead.
Recommendations from friends and/or family members is a starting point.
Determine your family’s needs; will you need full-time or part-time care? Is your preference a licensed facility or home daycare? Do your options include either a Nanny or an Au Pair?
Whatever your choice, once you’ve narrowed your options down it’s now time to schedule interviews, set up visits, tour facilities and most important, prepare your questions.
Some examples of questions for perspective caregivers can include:
What are your fees and centre hours?
Is there a waiting list?
What are your program’s philosophies?
What are your program policies and procedures when it comes to things like late arrivals and pick-up times?
How do you manage inappropriate behaviour?
How do you ensure the developmental needs of each child are met on a daily basis?
Can you provide references upon request?
During your site visits look for certain things such as how caregivers interact with the children, how do staff interact with each other? Is the facility clean?
When searching for care for your child always look for quality programming, programs that will support the healthy development of the whole child and one that fosters and builds on positive relationships with families.
As a freelance consultant one of my roles are to provide support and guide families through the process of finding quality childcare. Feel free to drop me a line if you have any questions.