(Closed) Questions to ask potential daycare providers – Help

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Are you looking for someone to come to your home, or something like a day care center?

Post # 5
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Check to see if they are licensed by the State.  If so you should be able to access public reports regarding their compliance with the laws regarding running a daycare facility or family home daycare.  I wouldn’t place my child in the care of anyone who hasn’t been background screened by the State and has the constant threat being shut down.  In our area there are extra seals you can earn if you havn’t had any compliance issues in the last two years.  If they offer a preschool program I would also see which program organization they are affiliated with.

Post # 6
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Depends if you want a at home provider or an actual daycare facility.

My mom works at a military daycare and it is one of the best i have ever seen so I was always very cautious of where I put my kids at.

Cameras is a must in the classrooms and if you come in you should be able to see from the office what is going on in the classroom from the cameras.

Enough providers in the rooms.

Make sure the room is spacious and clean.

Find out where is the baby going to sleep and is the crib visible for the providers.

Make sure the rooms are seperated. I dont believe in having big kids with babies. I have seen and heard too many bad stories of them mistreating the lil ones like that.

There are so many questions you can ask and just have to check it out yourself to see.

Post # 8
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

There is a difference between being licensed and accredited. Accredited programs are costly but they offer more educational opportunities. 

Important things to ask..

What is the adult:child ratio?

What foods are provided? Peanuts, etc. You don’t want your child being fed nasty over processed foods

What type of education do the staff have? Are there assistants in each room? What is the consistency of the same person being around your child daily? Consistency is key for young children. Also, bacground checks on the center and staff

What is the policy for drop offs and drop in? Do nogodsend your child to a center that doesn’t like you dropping in. If the staff know what time you come everyday, it is likely that they will be their best around the time your coming so you see their best then slack if your not around. Drop in during odd times. 

Hope this helps, I’ll post more as I think of more. 

Post # 10
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ricangen81:  Totally agree with everything you said.

I think looking for a day care facility is easier than looking for an individual person.

I would also ask what their sick kid policy is. 

How do they dicipline?  (obivously does not apply to an infant, but very important for a toddler)

Ask how long the teachers have been there (even though this is generally an area that has a lot of turnover).  Ask the teachers themselves if they like working there.  Does the center offer any incentives for the teachers (ie raises for additional certification).  Are the teachers certified at all?

What is the child to teacher ratio?

Ask if you can get references from other families that use that facility.

For me personally, word of mouth was the best.  My kids were in a facility that was recommended by a friend of mine.  While I did check out other places, I ultimately went with the one she used.

Post # 12
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

edited becasue for some reason, Weddingbee posted only a part of my post while I was still writing it o.O


Post # 14
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@trulyblessed:  I worked in a few centers before, but there was one that stands out. It was “voted best in our city” but looks were decieving. It had murals on the walls and the teachers were dressed nice but it wasn’t the best place for your kids. We tried, but managment mad it hard. Here are some questions that I KNOW some of our parents of that center never asked but would have wanted to know and why:

  1. Could I see your kitchen? Could I see a picture/example of a meal

Sometimes the Kitchen staff whe hired wasn’t as clean as they should have been. I complained, but there were times I went into the kitchen and saw large open cans in the fridge covered in plastic wrap. UNSAFE

     2. Where do the students eat lunch? Who serves them? Who cleans up after them? Who watches them while the cleaning is being done? When do they take a nap?

Often, we were to serve the students, assist them with eating, clean up, potty, wash hands and get ready for nap. With the ages 24 months to 3 years old, this is really difficult. Our ratio in California is 1:12, so sometimes we’d have 24 kids to serve, help them eat, potty/diaper, get ready for a nap, clean and put to sleep all in the span of 45-60 minutes. Some things would get forgotten. Some would get left out.  We were only human, and our boss was about numbers-not about kids

    3. Who gives the tour of the classroom you are looking at? Are tours available all day? Does anyone come into assist in the class while giving a tour?

We were a popular place. We’d get 4-7 tours on a great day. It seems great to the parents touring- they stop and give you undivided attention, answer questions, put your mind at ease. Well, we would be forced to stop instruction every time we got a tour and a co-teacher or aide would have to take over. It was very distracting and not good for the flow of the class or the kids.

   4. Who purchases the classroom supplies? Do they get a monthly allowance?

We had no allowance, and our only resources were construction paper. Everything I bought for my class was my own. Making minimum wage, I didn’t have a lot, and I was tired and had NO prep time, so my crafts and lessons were avarge at best. I tried my best, but I didn’t have much to work with. It was hard, and that’s bad for the kids.



The best places I worked for had set times where parents could take a tour, looked at the ID’s of the potential parents, had a receptionist walk them through and did NOT interrupt the teacher, had more teachers and aides then just the legal limit, participated in the states “food program” or had high nutritional standards and were willing to allow parents to see the kitchen, had either a janator, kitchen staff that served the kids, or help at nap time so that the teachers were not overwhelmed, and had a low turnover rate. They provided a monthly allowance for the classroom and had a well stocked  supply closet with a lot of materials.

Happy teachers = great program. Hope I helped!


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