How did you choose a daycare?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
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@angelicwink:  

1) Make sure it is licensed by the local state licensing agency. 

2) Check out violations of the license; these are usually posted on the agency website.

3) If she is being taught by teachers they should have some sort of credentials, if not then they could be anybody who walks up on the street and gets hired to care for your child.  It’s unlikely that infant caregivers are going to have any type of certification though.  You may like one facility for when your child is an infant and then change them to another facility when they are older and need certified teachers.

4) Visit the facility a few times to see how staff appears.  Are they happy, comfortable, upset, stressed, etc….  Do they seem short staffed?  Are there ways to check on your child during the day?  Some daycares have private websites where you can log in and watch your child during the day.  Does the daycare have cameras to record what is going on in the facility throughout the day?  People typically act better when they know they are being watched/recorded.

5. Make sure there is a schedule for the infant room and check to make sure the staff is actually sticking to it.  It should be posted somewhere so you can compare the schedule with what is going on in the room.

6. State licensure may cover it but if not, make sure that all staff have current background checks on file.  If they seem uncomfortable when you ask about this, run away and find another day care.

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