13 truths to know before choosing a daycare
Here are some helpful tips to help you choose your child’s day care center!
1. Registration earlier than later
If you are already pregnant, you can start thinking about child care. The waiting lists can be long. So do not delay register with one of them – or even better, several at a time!
2. Inspect the premises
Not all child care centers are equal. Although a supervisory body regulates and controls them, it is also important that you and your child feel good about it. When you have selected a few nurseries, observe the attitude of the staff, the cleanliness of the premises and ensure that the environment is warm and welcoming.Watch and listen!
3. Check the ratings
Licensed child care centers are evaluated. If it is not already displayed in the center, ask for the report, which should also be available on the internet.
4. Schedule fees
In Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Quebec, the daily fee charged by a licensed child care center is capped. Prices are highest in Ontario, followed closely by British Columbia and Alberta.
5. Look for daycare criteria
Be aware that many child care centers only accept children from the age of 18 months – fewer and fewer child care centers are willing to incur the costs of having a greater ratio of staff to children.
6. Evaluate the quality of services
Ensure that the staff is composed of certified educators, i.e., trained in the stages of infant development up to the six-year-old. Ask what the staff-to-child ratio is, whether the structure provides a report of the child’s progress and whether it organizes meetings with parents – all these signs indicate that it is a professional child care service, Children.
7. Ask to see the child care program
Every child care center has a program: Ask to know it. What is his philosophy, how are children educated? What are his methods of discipline?
8. Check your daycare insurance
Does a child care center have no insurance? Consider this as a warning – owners may not have gone through the necessary steps to run a recognized program. Operating without insurance makes the daycare responsible in the event of an accident on the premises.
9. Safety Information
Ensure that the center has established emergency fire safety guidelines and that staff has current first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation training.
Once your child is registered, do not hesitate to express all your questions, concerns and requests: Parents are essential guarantors of quality.
11. Find out about their standards
Registered nurseries must meet certain health and food standards, such as storing and cooking food at the right temperature, and meeting the consumption deadlines. They should also take into account food allergies and intolerances.
12. Observe children’s behavior
An active child is a happy child. Note the play areas and their equipment carefully. Is there a playground where to run? Are the kids’ works displayed in public view? Spend a morning or two in the center to get a clear idea of daily activities.
13. Think long term
Your child may go to the same kindergarten. To judge a structure, make sure that the center has programs in place to meet the needs of all ages.