Child care – Questions to ask2018-12-11T07:23:39+00:00

Child care – take your time, ask questions

Finding a child care provider can seem overwhelming. We recommend that you take your time, ask many questions, visit the facility/person frequently before making a final decision, and talk to other parents about their child care experiences.

Questions to ask yourself and the provider:

  • What are the hours?
  • What is the cost?
  • Is the child care setting inviting, friendly and clean?
  • Does the environment seem safe (appropriate toys, child safety equipment installed, etc.)?
  • Where will my child sleep, and is the crib or bassinet up to modern safety standards?
  • What are the qualifications and experience of the child care provider(s)?
  • What do their references, or other parents, say about this provider?
  • What is the ratio of children to adults?
  • How many children are babies (that require more attention from the provider)?
  • How many other children will there be at any given time?
  • How does my child respond to the caregiver and setting?
  • How is discipline handled?
  • What measures are taken to keep germs under control?
  • What are the child care provider’s rules or requirements?
  • How will I get feedback on how my child is doing?
  • Am I welcome to call or visit any time?
  • Once my child has started, does he seem happy when I pick him up? Clean? Well fed?
  • What kinds of foods, drinks are served? How often?
  • Are there animals present (e.g. a dog that could bite)?
  • Is there a safe, outdoor area for playtime?
  • Are children driven anywhere (e.g. store, field trips)?
  • Does the provider have a backup in case of illness?
  • Is there learning time, pre-school curriculum offered?
  • What kinds of activities, if any, are offered (e.g. music, art, story time)?
  • Do any of the other children have behavior issues (hitting or biting) that would put other children at risk of injury?
  • Do they accept children with special needs?
  • What is my gut feeling? First impressions or gnawing intuitions are often correct.

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