As a parent, the thought of leaving your child all day with a virtual stranger can be frightening. Unfortunately most of us need to work during the day to earn a living and feed our children. Therefore it is inevitable that your child will need to be left in child care. There are many things to consider when choosing a child care center. Location can be a big factor in child care choices. During your morning commute, the last thing you will want to do is drive your child across town before going to work. Some companies may offer child care centers in their building specifically for employees. If your work does not offer this, it may be best to find a child care center close to work. Being close to work can give some peace of mind in case an emergency arises. Cleanliness is very important. A sick child means days lost from work, therefore a child care center should be very clean to prevent germs from spreading. Child care workers should employ good hand washing techniques and encourage children to do the same.
The staff to student ratio is another important thing to consider when choosing a child care center. It is also a good idea to find out if the children will be separated by age group. This will help your child get the specialized attention he needs to make his experience as beneficial as possible. It also reduces the possibility of accidents occurring and infections spreading. Safety is another important issue when choosing a child care center. The child care center should be free from sharp edges. Electric outlets should be covered. Smoke detectors are a must. If there is a playground, all the equipment should be in good condition, and it should be enclosed from the outside street.
There should be a procedure in place for picking up children at night and dealing with strangers who may walk in from the street. Training and experience is important as well. You will want to make sure the people running the child care center are qualified to handle your child. You should find out their educational background and years of experience working with children. Are they certified in CPR? Do they understand basic first aid? Do they know how to spot a sick child or a contagious child? Do they know how to change a diaper? Price is important but knowing that your child is in good hands should be a bigger consideration. Regardless many of us are on a tight budget and affordability can play a big part in child care center selection.
Prices for many child care centers can be much higher than many people can afford. It may help to look into home child care centers. Many individuals may choose to watch children in their own home for a fraction of the cost of standard child care. If this is the way you choose to go, it is still important to analyze the safety, experience, location, and the number of other kids being watched. Leaving your child in good hands at an early age will help him grow and develop into a confident, successful adult.