Calling all moms! Daycare questions!

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
Member
31 posts
Newbee

Teacher qualifications and how long each has been there. Ask for qualifications on floaters that will be covering for the main teacher(s) as well

Teacher to child ratio

The cleaning schedule, handwashing methods, etc they have in place

The daily schedule–if they rotate through activities like baby yoga, crafts, etc.

If daily sheets are detailed with updates for you

 

Just overall for the center–security, cleanliness in all areas, etc

If you plan on having your child there in future years go ahead and get price ideas and what it includes as they get older. Get info on daily activites for other age groups, those teachers, if they use a curriculum, if there is a lesson plan followed, menu and how food is served, etc.

Ask any questions, don’t hesitate. 

Try to find reviews from parents and possibly check with state about the ratings.

 

If you aren’t comfortable or something makes you uneasy that is not the place for your child.

 

 

Post # 3
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2429 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Is it an in home daycare or a center? That makes somewhat of a difference of what to look for and ask.  I use an in home daycare so the things I thought were important were:

Number of kids?

Cost?

Licensed?

Background experience?

What do they provide and what do I need to bring?

What types of things do they do during the day? What does a typical day look like?

Experience with kids the same age (my daughter was 13 weeks when she started daycare)?

Policy on sick kids and what happens if the lady is sick?

Where do the kids sleep?

Do they have time to play outside?

Do they watch TV at all?

Do they ever leave the premises?

Do they allow drop ins throughout the day? (Can I stop in anytime I want)

Then I looked around and checked out what kinds of toys they had, did the environment look engaging, was it clean (the floor, kitchen, toys)

Most importantly I got at least 3 references and called all of them.  I also did a quick internet search to see if there was anything posted anywhere about the lady or the daycare and I checked up on her license to make sure there were no complaints.

It’s a super stressful process but you really need to go with your gut and what feels right to you.  I went to one place that met all my requirements but the lady and I just didn’t mesh, I just didn’t like how she talked to the kids or her set up (not that she was mean or that it was unsafe it just wasn’t what I was looking for).

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