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.