In a perfect world, there are a lot of us who would like to stay at home with our children; however, being that we have daily expenses and household bills, this means that we have to go to work so that we can provide for our little precious ones. And sometimes, this requires that our kids stay at a daycare during the daytime hours.
If you are currently in a situation where you need to find a daycare for your son or daughter and you’d like a few tips on how you can find one of the utmost quality, we wanted to provide you with a few tips on how you can do just that below:
Decide what kind of daycare you desire. Although some people would assume that all daycares are the same, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Some are in buildings while others are held inside people’s homes. Some work with multiple children of all ages while others have more of a “private daycare” setting (meaning they are taught a conservative preschool curriculum, plus it tends to cost significantly more than others). So, before doing anything else, do some research on the kinds of daycares that are available in your area in order to see what would ultimately be the best fit for you and your child.
Seek out some referrals. Once you know what kind of daycare you desire, whether it’s a family member, friend, co-worker or church member, there is someone you know who has a child in daycare. Honestly, if they can referral you to a place that they really like, that can take a lot of guesswork out of making a final selection.
Visit the facility. No matter how much someone might rave about a particular daycare or how professional a daycare’s website looks, you definitely should set an appointment to see the facility and speak with the administration directly. In most cases, you can schedule a visit time within the very week that you called with your initial inquiry.
Ask plenty of questions. Whether it’s a child care franchise or a private daycare that you are considering, make sure to ask plenty of questions before making your final decision. Ask about what your child’s daily structure would be, the kinds of meals that are served and what the child-to-teacher ratio currently is. Also inquire about what the disciplinary procedures are and if you are welcome to “pop in” at any time (a responsible daycare will honor that request). And finally, ask to do some evaluating of the children who are already in the program so that you can see just how they interact with the other kids as well as the staff. You definitely want your child in a place where they will be treated well by their teachers and also not bullied by the other children.
Discuss the money. Being that daycares, on average, can cost as much as $400-600 per month, it is important that you discuss how much it costs to send your child to the daycare. However, also be sure to inquire about other fees like late fees. There are many people who pick up their children late a few times a month only to get a pretty hefty bill for it. Remember, finding a good daycare is about choosing a place where your child can flourish and you can stick to your budget too. The best of luck to you.