When parents have to make the decision to put their children into child care it is a difficult one to make. There will always be worry about their children being properly cared for in the back of their minds. There are a few precautions that parents can take to ensure that their children will get the safest and best care possible while they work to support the family.
Flexibility in Hours is a Must
Most parents have set work schedules. There are, however, spouses work alternate shifts or overlapping hours. Working with a child care facility that has only bankers’ hours is not going to work. You need to select a facility that has extended hours for the instances where you are stuck working late or have a vehicle break down on the way home.
Ask Friends for Recommendations
Parents tend to flock to other parents in a neighborhood and become friends. This also creates friendships amongst the kids. You’ll get to talking about day care at some point and it is the best time to ask for a good recommendation for child care for your own kids. Make sure to ask about incidents that have happened in regards to your children and how they were handled. Also ask if they believe that their children are completely safe and are well cared for at the center.
Schedule a Tour during Business Hours
It is hard to watch how a center operates if you go when they are closed or before they open. Tours should only be conducted during business hours so that you can see how the children interact and how the caregivers interact with the children. Consider a meet and greet situation too. This should be a one day trial run for your child to see how he or she interacts with the other children and the caregivers.
Seeing how your child reacts should be one of the big deciding factors.
Compare at Least 3 Centers
Always make sure that you are comparing at least 3 day care centers for your children. Some parents visit every facility in their local area. This is not being over-protective in any way, it is considered being absolutely thorough. You can never be too careful when it comes to selecting the right child care facility for your kids. These caregivers are acting as their guardians while in their care. Good decisions have to be made for each child so that everyone is happy, cared for and safe at all times.
The first time that you venture off to work after leaving your child with caregivers at child care facilities it will be a little heart wrenching. It’s okay though, it’s typical. The facilities are very careful in who they hire and have great programs that provide learning, nutrition and activities. Children get the chance to interact and develop social skills. It really is a beautiful thing to see how happy the kids are to see you at the end of the day and talk about their new friends or fun things they did all day.