Choosing a Childcare Provider
When deciding on any type of childcare, quality is the most important factor. Beyond researching rates, ask for a tour of childcare care facilities you are considering. Always look for a welcoming, nurturing environment where your child can have fun and be safe.
According to research, the factors listed below constitute high quality childcare:
- Small groups of children – There should be 2 caregivers for each group of 6 to 8 babies, 6 to 10 toddlers, or 16 to 20 preschoolers, to ensure individualized attention to your child’s needs.
- Consistent caregivers – To build self-esteem and security, infants and toddlers need consistency
- Active parents – Parents that are actively involved help build trust and communication between home and childcare.
- Education and training – It is critical that staff be trained in child development.
- Clean, safe and stimulating environment – A child’s development requires this type of environment.
Refer to this checklist when searching for quality childcare for your child.
- Keeps all equipment in good condition
- Removes potential hazards from reach
- Provides a clean and comfortable environment
- Encourages and models good hygiene
- Treats children with respect
- Gets on the child’s level physically when speaking
- Speaks and listens with respect
- Accepts the child’s feelings and differences
- Encourages exploration while setting appropriate limits
- Provides every child with his or her own place for sleeping and storing belongings
- Incorporates families through regular communication and involvement in the program
- Provides age-appropriate equipment and activities
- Provides age-appropriate and culturally appropriate toys
- Sets appropriate limits
- Helps children learn how to interact with each other
- Helps children learn how to take care of themselves
- Has training in child development, first aid and CPR
- Has criminal background check
- Has experience caring for children
- Has supervision as well as education and training
- Understands and respects different parenting styles
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