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Be sure to ask:
- Are you licensed? By using a licensed provider, you have peace of mind knowing the program is inspected at least twice per year, background checks and trainings are performed, and health and safety standards are met. These help create a foundation for a safe, quality environment for your child.
- What is the group size and ratio of children to adults? The number of kids each adult cares for impacts the ability to be warm and responsive to each one.
- What activities are available for my child’s age group? Activities that are appropriate for your child’s developmental age, strengths, needs and interests better promote learning and development.
- How can I be involved in my child’s program? Ongoing, casual conversations with the adults who care for your child — whether at a child care center, family program, relative or neighbor’s home — are essential to a positive and mutually respectful relationship.
- What will my child’s day look like? Is there a regular routine ? Children need a consistent, predictable balance of rest and active movement — including outdoor experiences when appropriate — throughout the day.
- Can I talk to some of your references? After you have narrowed your choices, it may be helpful to talk with other parents. Keep in mind that parents may have different expectations and perspectives, and a good fit for one child may not work well for another.
Other good questions:
- What are the policies on illnesses, attire, emergencies, etc.?
- What is the level of cleanliness?
- What is the menu and how healthy is it?
- Do the other kids look happy?
- Is it a safe environment?
- How will I be notified if something happens?
- What kind of training is provided to employees?
- What is the staff turnover rate?
- How much time will my child watch TV?
- What are the ratings of movies that are shown?