25 Mar · Tim Carter · No Comments

Choosing the correct daycare is one of the most important decisions that a parent will make when it comes to the safety and happiness of their child. Just as a person might hunt for a new job, it is important to take the time to thoroughly research a number of daycares well before they are needed. Parents that are preparing for some form of childcare services should follow these steps in order to find the ideal situation.

Search for Local Resources

Many counties and cities fund networks that help parents find safe and fully-licensed daycares and childcare services. Much like a review site, they may collect all important information as well as comments from other parents. This is one of the best ways to start this process, and it will allow parents to distance themselves from any unlicensed daycares or organizations that are operating illegally. Once a daycare has been chosen, parents should take the time to leave a review so that other parents be able to make an informed decision.

Licensed and Insured

No matter how friendly the staff may be, parents should strictly limit their search to daycares that meet all local, state, and federal codes involving caring for children. These licenses do change between every city, and all paperwork for the licenses should be clearly posted at the daycare and on the company’s website. Parents will also want to make sure that the company is fully covered for insurance. At minimum, the insurance policy should extend to any injuries, damaged property, and liability issues.

Inquire About Their Policies

After a parent has begun to narrow down their list, they can then start making cold calls to inquire about the unique policies of each facility. It is important for parents to double-check that all of the company’s policies are in accordance with how they would like their children to be raised. This may include rules on what snacks the children are given, what kinds of daily activities are planned, how misbehaving is dealt with, and how much time the kids can spend watching TV or playing with other electronics. The more questions parents ask at this point, the less likely there will be confusion or an unpleasant surprise later on.

What Are the Employees Like?

Every child deserves to grow up in an environment that is stable. This means that parents should be looking for daycares with an extremely low turnover rate for staff. In most instances, it will be ideal for the core group of employees to have a one-year commitment to working at that facility. Every single employee from the actual caregivers to the cleaning staff should have undergone thorough background checks and drug screening. Each facility should also have multiple staff members on-site that are certified in CPR and basic emergency care for children.

Visit and Observe

The only way to get an accurate assessment of a company is to stop in and observe how it is run. Every daycare should be completely comfortable with having prospective clients come in and take a look at the facility and its staff. During these visits, parents want to look at how the staff interacts with the children, the staff-to-child ratio, how safe the facility seems, and how the groups of children are separated. Older children and their toys should be separated from infants, and each group should have designated staff members watching them.

Taking the time to thoroughly research these companies shows children and their caregivers that parents want to be heavily involved. It will also allow parents to hedge off any major issues that may take place due to an unsafe environment or policy conflicts.

Tim Carter

I’m Tim Carter, a thirty something year old, husband, father, childcare owner, and chocolate brownie lover. I believe children deserve better and only hope this blog will create a little change.