15 Jul The Do’s and Don’ts When Sending Your Child to Child Care
Child care is one of the most important decisions parents can make regarding the development of their child. Ensuring your child is entered into a facility that is safe, secure, professionally administered and properly staffed is crucial. While there is no substitute for a parent’s love and affection the fact is that the right day care centre can give your child an important step up in preparing them for school and the world beyond while at the same time making them feel loved and appreciated when you can’t be there.
Child Care Do’s and Don’ts
Entrusting your child to the care of others on a regular basis is a big step. To help you with the transition we’ve compiled a list of do’s and don’ts you should consider before selecting a day care provider.
- Do research your options and speak to as many licensed child care providers in your area as possible. You’ll want to start this process early because the most popular centres often have waiting lists and they can be considerable. Start making the calls a year or more in advance of the date you’ll need the service.
- Do keep in mind your child’s particular needs. Your child may need more one on one attention than some other children, or may be precocious in certain areas. Whatever the case, make sure the facility you choose is one that will provide them with the kind of attention they need.
- Do check references. Thoroughly. Any reputable child care facility will be happy to provide you with a list of satisfied clients. Accept the list and make the calls for your own peace of mind.
- Do visit any prospective child care centre you are considering for your child. Take the tour. Get to know the staff. Linger and observe.
- Don’t ever feel the least bit guilty about double-checking references or visiting and revisiting a centre. In fact, go back for a third visit.
- Don’t rely too heavily on information you gathered from the internet. While the internet can be a useful place to start the process it’s no substitute for legwork. Also, don’t rely too much on word of mouth or advertising.
- Don’t assume a license means quality. A properly licensed facility is a must, but a license alone does not indicate quality care. This is where talking to references comes in. The people who have actual experience are the ones who know best if a centre delivers on its promises.
- Don’t forget to examine the centre’s policies and procedures, their health and safety protocols and the number and type of health related staff. Inquire about activities, group size and curriculum and get to know the people who will be in direct contact with your child every day.
Choosing the right child care centre for your son or daughter is not a process to be taken lightly. There are no do-overs in life so make sure you are careful, thorough and persistent when it comes to gathering relevant information to ensure your child winds up in the best possible situation.