Picking a daycare for your child is a very difficult task. You have a lot of searching to go through and a lot of criteria that has to be met. Leaving your child in the care of other people is not easy for you, but here is a checklist for you to go by that can help you feel more comfortable selecting a daycare for your child.
Security is something that cannot be overlooked. Ask what the daycare’s pick up policy is. Do they require a code to get in the door? Luckily, most daycares have a very strict pick up policy, but it’s completely ok to ask. You should also try looking up reviews online of the specific daycares you are looking at.
Also, you should ask if the children are allowed to go on group walks with their teachers. If so, what is the teacher to student ratio and the neighborhood the daycare is located in have a high crime rate?
Location is a big deal when it comes to selecting a daycare. Are you willing to drive all the way across town and then drive all the way back to go to school? Make sure to take into consideration how early you will have to get up and get your child up. I would allow at least an hour for both of you to be ready, but if your routine takes longer you’ll need to factor that in as well.
Price is usually a main factor for most. Say you find a daycare you absolutely love, but the price is out of range for you. If there’s no way you can work out the payment plan and there are no scholarships available, keep searching. Finding a good daycare that fits your budget can take time, but it’s worth it.
Curriculum is an important thing to look at too. Ask for a guide for the curriculum for the month and how their progress is tracked. Think about if you think the learning activities are too difficult or too easy for your child and compare them to the averages for daycare centers.
If you are living in an area where Spanish is heavily spoken and you would like your child to know basic Spanish, ask the daycare you’re looking at if they teach multiple languages. Many daycare centers teach Spanish and German along with English.
Comfort is something else that is very important for your child’s learning environment. Take them to a few daycare centers and let them feel out the place. Take a mental account of how they act and express themselves in the different environments. All of these places or foreign to them, so they might not just jump right into the activities, but making sure they feel comfortable is key.
Selecting a daycare is not an easy process. As a parent, you want to make sure your child is safe when you have to leave them during the day. You also want to make sure they will have good experiences and that they feel as if they can learn and make friends comfortably. After a lot of searching, you will find this perfect place that fits your needs to, or you could be a lucky one that finds it right away. Just take your time and don’t try to rush it. Then you will find a place you and your child can feel comfortable with.