5 Things to Look for in a Daycare Center

5 Things to Look for in a Daycare Center

If you’ve decided it’s best for your family to place your child in daycare, there are some important factors to consider to be sure you’ve chosen the most fitting place for your child.

Before randomly choosing a daycare from the Yellow Pages, take these 5 items into account to ensure you’ve vetted all the pros and cons and have zeroed in on the daycare that will provide the most positive and successful experience for you child during this critical time in his or her life.

While there may be other factors that are important to you, as we are all unique, these 5 things to look for will give you a head start in picking the daycare that’s closest to what you desire most.

Take 5 and read these 5 before making this critical choice. It can affect your child’s well-being and development. Now it’s time for daycare!

Proximity

It’s most likely in your best interest and convenience to find a center that’s close enough for you to walk to, drive to, arrive by public transportation, or that has bussing service for the children. Seek out a daycare that is not only close, but in an area you feel is safe and secure. If it is within your means to send your child to a center that’s further away, by all means pick the best one which impresses you the most. Ideally, most parents prefer a daycare that’s nearby their home in case of emergency.

Values

It’s important that the center you select has the same or similar values that you hold dear. This may be a religious focus, a kosher meal plan, an eco-friendly environment, a holistic approach to teaching, etc. While you may not find a school that matches everything you stand for, you are sure to find one that is in line with your core principals and morals. Learn more about All My Children Daycare’s philosophy here.

Teacher Qualification

It is imperative that you look into the staff at the daycare you are interested in. Are they certified? How long have they been caregivers or teachers? What’s their educational or training background? Have any negative reports been filed against them? Any well-established and on-the-ball institution will be more than happy to provide you with solid answers and proof for any of these questions or any others you may have. Do not feel embarrassed to ask about the staff. It’s your child’s care that is on the line, and only the best will do.

Class/Group Size

It’s important for your child to interact with peers and form relationships, but a class/group size that’s too large may not allow for your child to get enough attention from the caregiver/teacher. Find out the average group size and how many staff members are assigned to each group of children. Small children need lots of care and an eye on them at all times. Lack of supervision is not only potentially dangerous, but will prevent your child from the proper one-on-one time that they will require each day while in daycare.

Reviews

Ask around and find out which daycare centers friends and neighbors have sent their kids to. A rave review from a satisfied parent is more telling than what an online post or even what the staff at the daycare will reveal to you. Parents will be honest about their experiences and steer you in the right direction. They may also be able to offer advice when it comes to which teacher to choose or which programs were the most enriching.

For more info like this, please visit All My Children Daycare’s Blogs.

By: Melissa A. Kay

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15 Comments

  1. Not many people would immediately think of it, but the article makes a really good point about how important proximity is when choosing a daycare center. After all, if your child gets sick or hurt then you want to be able to reach them quickly. The proximity can also be a pretty big help if it takes you a little while to get your child ready before you head out for the day.

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  2. Nice article, useful for parents .

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  3. You really do need to be careful when choosing a daycare center for your child since you want to make sure that you’re choosing one you can trust. I especially like that the article recommends looking into the class or group size. After all, you will want to make sure that your child won’t be lost in a sea of kids and can still get the teacher’s attention if they need it.

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  4. Thanks for the tips for choosing a daycare. I like how you said that they need to have the same values that we’re teaching our kids at home. We want them to grow up with high standards and values, so I’ll make sure to check that!

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  5. It’s really nice how you said that a daycare should have qualified and certified teachers. I also think it’s nice how you said that they should be close to located in your area. My husband and I are looking for a daycare service for our daughter to go to while we are at work.

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  6. Thanks for explaining that your child may not get enough attention if the group of children being cared for is too large. I agree that children that age need lots of care and should be watched at all times. My twin sons can be mischievous if not supervised, so I will plan on looking for a daycare will a smaller child-to-caregiver ratio.

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  7. That is a good point you made about supervision. There should be enough kids that your child can make friends. But, there shouldn’t be so many kids that the day car monitor can’t watch all of the kids.

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  8. It really can help to look into whether or not the teachers are qualified to take care of kids. After all, you will be relying on them to look after yours when you cannot. Because of this you will want to make sure they they have been properly educated and trained.

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  9. Thanks for pointing out that it’s important to find a child care center that has the same or similar values as you. My husband and I are starting to look into child care for our son, and this is something we should probably take into account. Thanks for the tips on what to look for in a daycare center. I think it can be a really important part of a child’s life so it’s important to choose the right one.

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  10. You make a great point that even though it is better to have more kids around for your child to socialize with, if a class is too crowded then your child may not receive the attention they need. My husband and I have been looking for a good daycare to take our son to, now that we are both working. I will be sure to forward this article to him, so that when we are looking we will be on the same page for what we want.

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  11. My sister needs to find a daycare soon. It is good to know that she should pay attention to how many teachers there are to kids. It seems like you wouldn’t want that number to be too huge.

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  12. I like that you said that you should seek out a daycare that is not only close but in an area you feel is safe and secure. I am trying to find the right childcare center for my son because I need to go back to work soon and I want to make sure that he will be taken care of and that I have everything sorted out before then. I think that it would be smart to choose one that is relatively close by so that if for some reason I couldn’t pick him up on time it would be easier for my husband or for someone that we trusted to go and pick him up and it would also help make sure that we could be on time in the morning.

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  13. I appreciated the tip that you gave to choose a daycare center that has good reviews from others’ experiences. My son is going to need a daycare while his mom is at work, and it would be important for us to be confident that we have found a good facility to bring him to. When we look for a daycare, I will be sure to check the reviews beforehand.

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  14. I loved the tip that you gave to choose a daycare in a convenient location. We have been talking about finding a daycare for our son. When we look for one, I will be sure to choose one close to our home.

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  15. I appreciate that you explained the importance of finding a child care service that has values similar to yours. I need to find a child care facility for my son. Hopefully, I can find a service with values that align with my own.

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