When that time in life requires new parents to look for quality child care, there are many things to consider. Research needs to be performed and the first thing to figure out is, where are the daycares in my area? Are they independent organizations or out of a person’s home? What is the cost, are the hours convenient?
The easiest way to begin is to ask neighbors and co-workers. If the same names keep being mentioned, you are building a foundation from which to start your research. It is also helpful to look on the internet and find forums where people are talking about daycares in my area.
You want to ensure that the centers you are interested in, are licensed. Most states require that they meet safety and health standards in addition to being licensed or registered. In addition, some states will require home based daycares to be subjected to a criminal background check and child abuse screening.
When you have a list compiled of daycares in my area, be sure to visit during operating hours and observe the children and the environment. Notice if there are hazards around like heavy objects that could fall on children. Look around the playground and outside areas – this is where most accidents happen. Make sure the children are never left alone and there is an even daycare worker to kid ratio. The younger the kids the more staff is needed.