There’s a lot to think about when choosing a child care or early educational environment for your family, because it’s an important decision! Thinking about quality of care will help you narrow down your choices. Consider this checklist of quality characteristics.
Here are some questions you can ask at the facilities you’re interested in:
- Are you licensed?
- What are the qualifications of your staff? Are they trained in First Aid and CPR?
- What is the group size and ratio of children to adults?
- What activities are available for my child’s age group?
- How can I be involved?
- What will my child’s day look like? Is there a regular routine?
Look and listen for these important elements:
- Learning groups are small enough to allow children frequent opportunities to interact with adults and with each other.
- Family involvement is welcome and encouraged.
- The staff is educated, experienced, and knowledgeable.
- The adults provide sensitive, caring relationships to the children and have positive interactions.
- The program maintains high standards of health, safety, and nutrition.
- Both the indoor and outdoor environments are clean and free of safety hazards.
- There are clear and accessible administrative policies and procedures.
- Each child’s developmental needs and interests are considered.
- The program curriculum includes opportunities for children to develop in every domain of their development.