5 things you need to check before choosing a child care center
June 03 2013
Many new parents simply have no idea where to start when they’re looking for a child care center. They want somewhere that is within their budget, but their priority is always, of course, the safety and happiness of their new baby. Looking for child care can be daunting though, and you may not know exactly what questions to ask, who to talk to and how to ensure that your precious baby will get the loving care and attention it needs while you’re at work.
Look at their website. The Internet is not necessarily an accurate reflection of a child care center, but it can help you to gather names and information on centers that look appropriate, so it’s a great place to start. A professional, informative website will have all the contact details you need to find out where they are located, their rates and what services they offer – all from the comfort of your home. Look for testimonials and news articles on the website, as these are a good indicator of the quality of the child care.
Book an appointment to view the facilities and meet the staff. You’re entrusting people you don’t know with your baby’s health and safety, so you want to be completely confident in the child care center’s staff and facilities while you’re away at work. Make as many appointments as you need to visit and meet the staff face to face, see them in action and check over the facilities. Make sure they are offering the services they have advertised and that the children are in a safe, happy environment. A reputable child care center will understand your concerns and do their best to address them and make you feel completely welcome.
Talk to other parents. Parents who have their children at the center are a valuable source of information – from their experiences and how their children are doing, to any problems they may have had and their impression of the staff. Because these moms and dads are in the same position you are in, they’ll know exactly how you feel and what you need to know.
Find out if they have educational programs. Looking after babies is more than just feeding and keeping them safe, it’s about giving individual babies the attention they need to get the right start in life. Leading child care centers who offer the exclusive Brain Waves Curriculumare your best bet. This will ensure that your child’s brain cells are forming the essential connections for learning and future success in school. Make sure you’re investing in their education when it matters most by enrolling your child in a learning academy that offers the Brain Waves Curriculum.
Take your time to decide. Don’t feel pressured to sign up at the first child care center you visit, rather take your time and visit a few in your area. Think about what each one offers and what’s best for your child. If you have any concerns, feel free to call or visit the center for a second look.
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