There are a lot of different types of day care to choose from. Whether you chose a formal child-care centre, family daycare, or in-home care is entirely up to you, but no matter which type you decide on, here are a few things you should be looking for when you tour each of your options.
When you walk into your child’s potential day care centre, there is one feature that should stand out to you right away: the interaction between children and staff. Ideally, you should see the staff on the floor, playing with the kids and talking to them at eye-level. You want your child to have interactions with the care workers that are not unlike your interactions with him or her at home, so make sure you see those types of interactions when you visit.
Don’t rely on word of mouth when choosing your day care centre. Drop in once or twice or more so you can see for yourself that it’s the right place for your child or children. When you visit you should glance around to see that the space looks clean—but you don’t want it to look too clean. Of course, germy looking surfaces aren’t something you should hope to find, but seeing toys and activities scattered about the room may be a sign that your kids are going to have a lot of fun.
3) Talk to staff members
Try to talk to as many staff members as possible when you visit. You want to make sure as much communication can occur between your child, the daycare centre, and you as possible, so make sure the staff members are forthcoming with information and easy to talk to.
4) Trust your gut
Never underestimate the power of instinct. If something doesn’t feel right, keep looking.
Following these four tips can help you and your child find a daycare centre that is fun—and one that you are comfortable with.