You can find lists of these by googling, but here are some of the questions that were helpful for me.
Also, I know you may not have this option, but I toured my day care when I was pregnant, and again after I had my baby. Before I had my baby I had no idea what to look for, and what to ask. Once I got to know my baby and know his habits and preferences, I was able to ask more informed questions to make me feel comfortable with my choice.
Another note, in addition to asking the right questions, it’s really important to just feel comfortable with the center. Let your gut help guide you, and you’ll definitely make the right decision for your family!
– The most obvious is class size, and the number of teachers. Also, what age ranges would be in the class?
– If you’re planning on breastfeeding, ask what their procedures are for handling breastmilk. Can they take frozen milk, etc.
– Ask what types of activities that they’ll do during the day. It’s also important that your baby gets held at times other than when he/she’s eating or crying.
– Make sure their hours of operations works for you. What are fees for late pick up (these can add up really fast!)
– Ask how long the infant teachers have been working at that center, or in child care in general. I felt comfortable with teachers who have had at least a few years experience with infants.
ETA: Make sure you tour during hours of operations, and check out what the babies are during while you’re there. Also, if you don’t know the exact questions to ask, then just try to make conversation with as many teachers there as you can. This will help you with you “gut feeling” about the place.