Choosing Child Care
Posted on November 1, 2015 by CHS
Whether it is finding a babysitter for a night out, or a full-day child care program for your toddler or preschooler, choosing child care can be a challenging process. This is your child, and trusting them to the care of someone else can make even the calmest parent anxious. There is no doubt about it, searching for a quality program that’s near home, with experienced caregivers, and a nurturing early learning environment can seem daunting.
But CHS is here to help!
Here are some tips to help you on your search for child care:
Start early – even before your child is ready – by visiting various facilities and meeting the caregivers and teachers. This will give you a head start in planning, as many child care centers and schools have waiting lists or can be difficult to get into.
When visiting a prospective child care center or provider, it is important to consider the health and safety of the child care environment, as well as the caregiver’s methods and professionalism.
Some questions to ask:
- What is the education level of child care providers?
- Is the facility licensed?
- Is the facility clean?
- Do providers keep up to date by attending applicable trainings and seminars?
- Is the caregiver someone who is warm and sensitive to the child’s needs?
Child care can be an enriching experience for your child. When you are able to find the right program, it allows children freedom to learn, explore, and build new relationships, which helps them to grow and prepares them for a successful future.
For more information and a complete list of questions to help you find the best fit for your child, download our Choosing Child Care brochure which contains a full Choosing Child Care checklist, or listen to our Choosing Child Care podcast.