How to Choose the Right Day Care Facility

How to Choose the Right Day Care Facility

Choosing a day care facility for your child is a huge decision for a parent. We all know every parent wants the best for the child, and it can be hard to be apart from them for such a long period of time. You have been with your child since day one, and you will want a facility that will provide that same level of comfort and care, and also a place where your child will thrive.

Looking for background information on a day care may or may not always be the easiest task. We at Roman & Gaynor suggest conferring with your friends, family members, and other confidantes about their recommendations. After all, who better to trust than those closest to you?

What should I watch out for?

Sometimes the best facilities may or may not always be in your neighborhood or close to your work place, so you will have to account for what will work best for you, based on location. Narrowing down the pool, visit the potential facilities frequently. Do not be afraid to ask the facility director or manager as many questions as you need. Remember that like any other care facility, they have the duty to provide due care, in a safe, and fruitful environment, as undertrained staff, inadequate staff, and poor management are some of the reasons why neglect, injury, or even abuse can happen.

Here are some other questions or factors to observe when looking for a facility:

  • Double check the facility’s licensing
  • Observe how clean, safe, and well-maintained the facility
  • See how other children appear and interact with each other
  • Ask what the ratio of caregiver to child is—you want to ensure your child is being given the proper amount of attention
  • Know their policies for safety, discipline, and training for staff members
  • Are there proper bathroom facilities? Access to water? What is the feeding schedule like?

These questions only scratch the surface of determining whether or not the facility you are looking at will be adequate. Pinpoint exactly what your and your child's needs are. For example, does your child have a food allergy? Ask the director how well they can accommodate this. Above all else, you will want an environment that is safe and will not leave your child vulnerable.

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