In this day and age, finding a daycare for your child can be as easy as a Google search, but how can you know from a Google search if it’s right for your child? If you’re looking for childcare, but have no idea where to even start, then look no further.
The first thing a parent thinks about is the area. What are some facilities in your specific area? You can search your local government websites instead of Google to find an extensive list of childcare in your area. Once you’ve done that, you can extend your search for childcare based on your values, and what you want your child to learn from being at said daycare. Most daycares will have a page that represents themselves, whether it’s on Facebook, Google Reviews, or even their own webpage. You can also ask your friends and neighbors what they are doing for childcare.
The number one thing to think about at this point in your search is finding a place that you can click well with. Doing something as simple as contacting them via email may not be enough to distinguish whether or not you want your child to attend their daycare, but regardless you can at least get an inkling of a feeling by how they receive your interest.
If you’ve narrowed down your options, you can schedule a visit, or a pop by to see what it’s like. It would almost be like conducting an interview. Ask as many questions as you can to find out what suits you and your child as it is important that you know a little more in-depth what these daycares stand for, what they do, who’s involved, etc. Some questions you might consider would be What are your days like? How do the kids get involved? Is there anything you expect from me? Do you adhere to allergies? How do you keep track of your class’s individual health? Etc. Also, ask for a reference from the daycare. They should be able to provide some reviews and references you can talk to. They may even be able to set up a moment to meet other parents who use them.
When you have chosen one you like, bring your kiddo over for a visit and meet and greet. If your child seems relaxed to go in, it will make you feel better.
Be sure to remember that it’s not all about your child when choosing a daycare. You’ll want to be able to get along with those who are caring for your child, too!