How to find a quality Infant Daycare
Sending your precious little ones to a daycare takes a lot of courage. Whether you are a working mom or dad, or a single parent trying to make the best of both worlds, you will be presented with the decision of having to choose a daycare for your infant. While a daycare is almost like a second home to your child and helps build the foundation for your child’s future, it is important that you consider a few questions when deciding on the right daycare environment.
Do they have a good reputation?
The overall reputation and the experiences of past and existing clients play a significant role in determining the quality of a daycare. With the care of your child being entrusted with strangers, it becomes essential that you do a little digging of your own to ensure the daycare offers a nurturing and safe environment for your child.
How do they intend to contribute towards your child’s developmental stage?
The biggest advantage that daycare centres offer over a typical nanny or a babysitter is the fact that they have well qualified, educated, and trained staff. A quality daycare will have staff with some form of college degree or diploma and is trained in CPR and first aid and can contribute towards your child’s early education.
Moreover, a daycare with a well-thought-out and well-balanced curriculum also plays an important role in ensuring that your child is on the track to learning. A quality daycare always highlights their interests in the overall development of your child. “At a well-run school, you will always see a posted lesson plan, so parents know what the children will be doing that day,” says Lee-Allison Scott, vice president of marketing with Atlanta-based Primrose Schools. A quality daycare would offer fun-filled yet stimulating day plans that include a mixture of physical activity, group and individual play time, daily reading time etc.
Does the daycare have safe and secure facilities and a valid license?
These are a few things that parents may forget to pay attention to. A quality daycare should also allow you to tour their center to witness how clean and sanitary the environment is. The facility should not only be equipped to handle emergencies and make use of childproofing techniques, but the staff should also exercise routines such as washing hands, toy washing, and fire drill practices.
A current and valid license, on the other hand, is a very important thing that parents rarely pay attention to. If a copy of their license is nowhere to be seen, ask them to provide you with a copy to review. While an active license doesn’t always promise quality care, it is important that you ensure that the daycare center complies with regulations set by your local government.
Selecting the right daycare for your child is perhaps one of the most important decisions of your life. A daycare not only offers a safe environment for your child while you are away but also helps your child flourish and develop into a healthy and happy member of society.
Therefore, it is important that you weigh all your options very carefully. Wisely inspect every aspect of your potential daycare options, review their policies, ask around to get a sense of their reputation, meet their staff, ask questions, and ensure that they offer a safe and healthy environment that is structured around your child’s needs.
Sincerly, Holly Grace