Looking for a new daycare facility can be an anxiety inducing experience. Especially for new parents or caregivers who have no experience in the daycare setting. In this article, we are going to explore some of the things to look for when choosing a new daycare.
How Do I Even Go About Finding Daycare Centers in My Area?
The easiest way to find a list of local daycare centers is to do a quick search. For example, you could simply search for a child care center West Valley Ut and see what you find. Also, ask family or friends in the area which daycare center they have used or are currently using. Word of mouth is always a great way to find quality daycare.
There are a couple of factors to consider when it comes to security at a daycare facility. One being how are the premises monitored? Is there 24 hour camera surveillance or no cameras at all? The best daycares are found to monitor their center and all classrooms 24/7 via camera. An added bonus is when parents are able to access the cameras during the day from their work/home computer, iPad or cell phone. This gives peace of mind knowing that you can see your child any time you wish.
Another factor when looking at security is entry into the center. Are doors unlocked or locked during the day? How are people able to gain access into the facility? The most secure centers have access only via keypad at the door. Each family is given a specific code and use of that code is the only way to gain entrance. The code will need to be given to anyone allowed to pick up the child at the center.
Ask what curriculum the center uses for education of the children. If they have no answer or don’t use a curriculum at all, walk away. You want your child in a place of education, not just an all day free for all. Take time to research different curriculums to see what best fits your family. Do you prefer teacher led or child led? There are many different curriculums to look at and each one brings a different style to the table.
Be sure to inquire about what type of education the facility requires of the teachers. The more education the teacher has, the better. Make sure to confirm that ALL staff members that will be in contact with your child have a satisfactory criminal background check and are CPR certified. Never send a child to a facility that is not 100% up to date on both.
One more thing that is a helpful tool when making the decision is state licensing and their reports. You can do a Google search to look up your state’s daycare licensing agency. Georgia, for example, uses Bright From the Start for state licensure and monitoring. Their website gives valuable information available to the public for every daycare provider in the such as status of licensure, contact info, services provided, tuition rates and curriculum used. One of the most important things available on the licensing agency’s website are results from inspections. These are available to view and should be looked at before entering a new daycare center. You can see results from regular monitoring visits as well as any complaint visits. These results are vital in making a decision on where to place your child. As overwhelming as the process of choosing a new daycare center can be, these tips can definitely help in the decision making. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to during your initial tour to make sure you and your family feel confident in your choice.