What to Look For in a Child Care Provider

child careFinding someone you trust to take care of your children can be difficult. It’s a job you don’t take lightly. To help you find the right child care situation for your little one, think about what you want in a potential provider.

Policy check: Find out if you share parenting philosophies on things like discipline (Are time-outs or scoldings used?); television (Is the TV on all day or do they even have one?); feeding (What snacks or drinks are provided or do you need to send those with your child?); and sleeping (When are naps offered? How are fussy kids put to sleep?). Ask about the sick-child policy (What symptoms prevent a child from attending or how long do you have to pick them up if they become ill?). Most child care providers will have a handbook that lists all their policies.

Drop by: If possible, try to visit the same center at different times of the day to get a sense of how the staff interacts with the children. Consider popping in unannounced a few times after you’ve enrolled your child as well, just to see how things are going.

Observe: When you visit, pay attention to how the staff interacts with all the children. Are teachers on the floor playing with the kids or holding one on their lap? Are they engaged?

Reviews: Look online for reviews that detail others’ experience with your child care provider. This will give you an idea about how other parents feel about their experience there.

Instincts: You’re the parent and you know what’s best for your child. Kids deserve and thrive under nurturing care. If something just doesn’t feel right about your situation, investigate other options.

At Life Learning Preschool, we provide excellent child care services and look forward to doing so for many more years. Our staff are committed, educated, and loving and they are excited to take care of your precious child.

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