Picking the Best Childcare

| Tuesday, October 30, 2012
By Neal Zalenski

Finding someone who can take care of your child while you are away is not an easy thing to do.This is the same child that you delivered into the world after enduring nine months of being pregnant.This is the same child who you nurse, feed and take care of whether he is in good health or sick.Yes, you might feel comfortable enough to let your mother or mother-in-law take care of him.But, leaving him with his grandparents is not the same as leaving him in a childcare facility.So, how are you going to locate the best childcare provider for your child?

Start researching the daycares that are in your area.Get as much information as you can about them.You should visit each of them, but you can do that later once the list has been narrowed down.But in the very beginning, you can do most of the important work via the internet.Visit the websites of the State agencies that are responsible for providing inspection services, licensing and certifications for various daycares.See if your favorites have been given positive ratings.

If your favorite daycare centers did not receive good ratings, then take them off of your list.Did you know that it is possible to find out information such as when each childcare facility received its last safety inspection and if it passed?If the inspectors found anything wrong, you can get reports that will list the violations.The bottom line is that you can do a lot of your research via the internet without ever leaving your home.

Once you have found a few daycares that you feel are up to your standards, now it is time to personally visit and inspect them for yourself.Although it is always better not to go to a business or residence unannounced, you can change the rules a bit in this case.Just do a walk-in inspection of each facility that you like.You can get a good idea of what is really occurring.This will catch them off guard, if they have something to hide.

You will have the opportunity to check on the following things about each daycare.Is the childcare facility clean?Make sure that there are not any potential safety hazards just waiting to happen.Ask about the educational background of the staff. A reputable childcare center always does background checks on its staff.Ask about each teacher and whether or not she has taken the appropriate child care courses.

Obviously, it would be great if each teacher has a certificate 3 in childcare, but not everyone will have this type of certification.Unfortunately, some of these centers only babysit and not teach children.They do not provide a lot of learning activities.Whereas other daycare facilities are true learning centers that have certification programs that will help your child to learn.Learning centers are normally a little bit more expensive, but only you can determine which one is right for your child.

In conclusion, you need a daycare provider to take care of your son while you are at work.However, you have to find decent childcare that you trust. Be certain that it has an experienced staff and that the environment is safe and clean.You might not like getting it done, but you have to do it eventually.

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