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April 25, 2018 at 2:16 pm

Daycare Hunting: 3 Essential Questions

Children enjoying daycare“Choosing a daycare is one of the most important decisions that a parent is going to make,” says Linda Anderson, the senior director at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Academy. And she couldn’t be even more right.

Parents need to look for a daycare center that meets the highest of standards if they want their child to grow up right. With many Phoenix daycare centers out there, however, it’s possible to be overwhelmed. To help you get through this challenging task, here are some important questions to ask:

1. Where do you start looking?

A good starting point is the recommendations of friends and family members. If that isn’t enough, roam around the neighborhood and look for a daycare center in your area. This makes more sense, as it’ll be convenient for you and your kid. If you want a more efficient search online, narrowing down your options is ideal. Choices in child care differ — there are formal child care centers, family day care, and in-home care. Know your and your child’s preferences first then start browsing.

2. What should you look for in a daycare?

The first thing you need to be on the lookout for when visiting a potential daycare is how the staff interacts with children. In an ideal setup, the caregivers should be actively playing and interacting with each child. Children need all the attention they can get, so it’s best that their first caregivers are warm and responsive.

3. What are their policies?

It’s essential that you and the daycare are on the same page in terms of parenting philosophies and particulars like discipline, television hours, feeding, and sleeping. Before committing to anything, talk with the administrators and caregivers in the daycare you’re eyeing.

As parents, you want the best for your children. While choosing a daycare is one of the essential decisions you’d make, it’s also one of the most challenging. Ask yourself these three important questions to get the best.