Post # 1
I just set up a time to go tour a daycare. This is my first baby, so I have NO idea what I should be asking, looking out for, all that stuff!
So Moms, what are important things I should be asking and getting information on?
Post # 2
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
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?
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).