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Finding the right child care provider can be one of the most daunting challenges. Beginning your search early is one of the best ways to ensure that you will select the best provider possible for your loved one.
Take Baby Steps:
Put yourself in the shoes of your child. Ask yourself, are the floors and carpets clean? Is the location “child proof” ?
Our little ones spend a lot of time crawling and toddling around on floors. One of the key things to look for is that electrical outlets are covered, that low cabinets have appropriate locks to deter entry from children, and that electrical chords are properly secured.
Use Your Words:
Engage the potential provider. Ask detailed questions about styles of discipline (timeout, scolding) and the types of educational and recreational activities that are provided. It may even be a good idea to ask about the frequency of snacks and naps, or to take a look at the provider’s Meal Plans; and because child care providers are eager to show their documentation on relevant certifications and programs, enquire about the provider’s relationship with the State and State sponsored programs.
Once a provider has been chosen, it is also important that the provider is informed of any illness, lack of sleep, or any potential concerns that may have an impact upon the other children. This type of engagement helps to build the relationship between parent and provider, especially when our loved ones are babies and are still developing their communication skills.
Trust Your Intuition:
Trust your gut. Our children are the most valuable treasure that has been given to us. If all else fails, trust your feelings. Choosing the right childcare provider is one of the most important decisions that we make as parents.
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