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Finding a Day Care Provider

clock September 3, 2012 20:47 by author Janet Corniel

 

Finding a day care provider is a very important decision in any parents life, let alone when you are in the midst of a move.  Research is a key component in a successful search.  Once you have set your requirements, you can then use them as a barometer for finding just the right fit for you and your child.  Before you start your search you want to ask yourself several questions:

What type of day care do I want for my child?

Do I want a center environment?

Do I want someone in my home to watch my children?

If so, do I want them to do cleaning and meals?

Do I want a smaller in-home care facility run out of the provider’s home?

What type of discipline do I prefer?

Do I want a provider closer to my home or work?

After you have asked yourself these questions, you want to begin your search with the parameters you have set.  These guidelines will help you refine your search and begin to short list providers.  Once you have created your short list, you will be ready to meet and interview them and tour their facility if applicable.  Here are a few questions you may want to ask them:

 

What philosophy do they follow?

What is their background and training?

What is their experience?

What type of discipline do they use? 

What are their emergency protocols?

If they are in your home; 

are they willing to cook and clean for the children?

do they care for the children when they are sick?

what hours are they willing to watch the children?

are they interested on watching the children off hours on occasion?

After you have had a chance to meet with them and ask them questions, you want to do your background checks.  Check references.  Call their the Better Business Bureau.  Your due diligence is so important.  It will give you the peace of mind that you need. Keep in mind that the provider’s interaction with your child is very important and when you interview them and/or tour their facilities is an ideal time to take inventory.  If your child is comfortable and enjoys them, this may be the fit for you.  Be patient.  This process may take some time but it will be worth it when you find just the right one.


 



Making the Transition Easier on Your Child

clock August 27, 2012 23:04 by author Janet Corniel

 

 

Moving can be stressful for adults, let alone for children.  Depending on the age of your child, he or she may not be able to tell you how they feel.  Therefore, their behavior may speak volumes.  Although it can be challenging with all of the things you have to do, taking the time to spend with your child is so important.  Be patient with them because it may be very difficult for them to express their feelings.  Give them time and space but also offer them opportunities to discuss with you what is on their mind.  With very young children, playing with them will help give them an opportunity to express their feelings to you.  

For your older children, have a family meeting.  Discuss with them the move and give them an opportunity to discuss their concerns.  I suggest you do this when you are breaking the news to your children.  If they are not ready to discuss their concerns, wait a few days and then sit down and talk.  This will allow them to have control when they may not feel much in control.  Also, try to address their concerns so that they do not feel dismissed.  Identify ways to involve your child in some decision making depending on their age.  From choosing a room to its decor or trying out new activities in your new location, all of these can be apart of their involvement.  

Depending on where you are moving to and the age of the child, the level of transition may be greater.  For example, if you are taking an assignment overseas and your child is in high school, your child may have a harder time leaving their friends and high school life behind.  Discussing options at the family meeting will help to address their concerns and have them take ownership.  Find out areas of compromise.  Be positive and explain that they will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a different culture and way of life.  See if your budget can include a trip home to keep that connection for your child.

Being positive for your child will help your child stay positive too.  Empathy and patience will go a long way.  Soon your child will make the transition and all will behind you.


 

 



Finding Day Care After Your Move

clock March 12, 2012 20:49 by author Janet Corniel

 

Finding day care after you move can be a challenging task.  It is so important to take the right steps to ensure you find just the right place or person to take care of the most precious people in your life, your children.  As with most everything with moving, you should start early.  Begin the process of your search before you move.  Consider all of your requirements and list your expectations.  Think about what you want.  Are you looking for in home care or an established facility?  Are looking for full-time or part-time?  Are you looking for care for infants, toddlers or children?  Does your child have special needs that need to be met?  What discipline techniques do you use in your own home and what types would you like the provider to use?

Once you have identified your child care needs, you can begin your research.  There are many tools online to help you find qualified and licensed facilities and providers.  These include but are not limited to Care.com, Daycare.com and Greatschools.org.  Greatschools.org will help you find preschools in your area and offers ratings.  Care.com will help you find other resources like adult day care and pet care facilities in addition to child care facilities.

Once you have begun your search, you will want to narrow down your choices to a few and plan to interview and tour facilities.  When you are interviewing and touring, you want to make sure that all of credentials are accounted for and documented.  However, in addition to meeting all of the technical requirements, you also want to make sue it has that ‘feel good factor’.   You know your child best and you will have to make sure it is the right fit.  Finding that right place or person is so important to you and your child’s transition to your new life.