What to Look For in a Child Care Facility

  • Arranging child care can be very stressful there are so many things that have to be considered and so many things to worry about that it can really be a bit overwhelming. Every parent wants the best for their children and most parents would probably prefer not to put their child into day care if they did not have to, but most parents have to work and staying home with the child or children just puts too much of a financial burden on the family. Percussion & Drum Workshops for Children

    Finding the best day care facility can really make a difference in day to day stress level for both the parents and the children. There are certain attributes that all of the best child care facilities have in common. Knowing what these attributes are will help narrow the search for a great child care provider in your area.

    Ratings

    Each state has in place a rating system for child care centers. The ratings are based on a few criteria; cleanliness, adult to child ratio, education program, security are some of the criteria that are usually used. Typically each state will have a county office for child care referral; this is a good place to start. Summer Child Care Program in St-Laurent

    Security and Safety at the Facility

    No one expects to find a security officer standing at the entrance to the building of a day care center, but a fenced in back yard is a great sign that your child's security is important. When you visit the day care facility do a scan of the room where your child will spend part of their day. Look for tell tale signs that the area is secure and safe. Are there outlet covers in the outlets? No loose wiring hanging around? Is there anything that the children can topple down off of desks or shelves? Are the cabinets secured?

    Technology has allowed many day care facilities to setup web cams so parents can peek in on their children throughout the day by logging into a secure website. This is an added bonus that some of the better day care facilities offer. Summer day camps for kids in St. Laurent

    Sanitation

    A child care facility should take sanitation seriously. Any place that has a bunch of children around should be practicing good hygiene. Diapers should be contained in a trash can with a tight fitting lid. There should be an area where the children can be washed up with soap and water. Hand sanitizing stations should be set up. Trash should be kept where children cannot get into it.

    Child Friendly Activities

    A good child care center is a structured center that has different activity areas for the children. A TV plugged into the corner with the children huddled around it is not a good sign. Sure it is OK to have television available but it should be used sparingly. A good day care center will have different activity centers that are used to teach the children basic skills. St. Laurent Summer Camp Program 

    An outdoor area that is used for play should be available; an area for the children to eat at should also be available. Age appropriate toys should be available. There should be areas where the children nap to include cribs. There is only so much information that you can obtain through word of mouth advice and by checking on state information. To really check out a day care facility for the things that make it a good facility you have to visit. Visiting during the prime time of the day is a good idea to get a good feel of how things happen during a typical day.