When you’re a single parent, or when you and your partner need to work to make ends meet, it is imperative for you to choose a good child care provider. Below is a list of things you should ask your daycare before you enroll your child to any daycare center.
How long have you been in the business? Although an old child care center should not always be equated to excellence, there are a few things a daycare center that has been in the business for a long time could give you: reputation. You can research more about an old child care provider’s reputation when they have years behind them. There are more clients to ask, and you can actually ask for licensure, educational programs and a mission vision.
What is your program for babies? Probably one of the hardest child care question any mother has ever had to ask herself is this: who will take care of the baby? If you are leaving your baby with someone else because your work calls for it, you need to make sure that you are at least getting the best kind of care. Because you are leaving a child who is less than a year old, health issues and child care focus should be your primary concerns. Will the television be turned on? Will the daycare read to your baby? How clean are the facilities and items used to care for your child? How will your child be fed? It is okay to ask as many things as possible about the care they will be giving to your child especially since your child is still so young. You should also look into how well the daycare handles emergencies like accidents or a sudden sickness. How do they isolate children who are sick in the daycare, and how will your baby be protected from viral infections?
What is their program for toddlers and preschoolers? While not as fragile as babies, toddlers and preschoolers have specific learning needs. You would want a child care center that focuses on how well the child is learning basic shapes, colors, and language. Some daycares also teach children how to count early but in play-form. This is very effective during this age-range. You will want your toddler and preschooler to be kept busy and happy while you are away. Not only will this minimize separation anxiety. It will also prepare your child for the bigger school.
How flexible are they? If you fail to pick your child up in time, you need to be reassured that the daycare will still care for your child. You need to make sure that they can easily be contacted should you be delayed at work. Your child should also be fed well and reassured that you will soon be coming to get him or her.
How about subsidies? Canada offers certain subsidies for child care depending on your situation. You should choose a reliable daycare center which allows you to practice your right of having subsidized child care service. If a child care center is good but is beyond your means, then move on to a more reasonable one. There are daycare centers in Canada that can offer excellent service for reasonable and flexible rates.
When looking for an excellent child care provider, make sure that you tap professionals who take care of a small number of children in a good and kid-friendly environment.