Choosing child care is one of the toughest things a parent will ever go through. There are so many factors to consider and then there are the worries you place upon yourself. After all, this is the place where you will be leaving your child in the care of others. You have to know that you are making the best possible decision.
You may be feeling those pangs of guilt already, placing your child with complete strangers. This is something your child is going to have some tough time grappling with and you know that first day is going to be a gut-punch with all the tears and crying, for both of you probably.
Are these people you can trust? A good daycare is hard to find because many parents have extremely high standards for their children. Yet despite every child care facility making bold claims about their credentials and what they offer a child during his or her time with the staff, it’s up to you to distinguish one from the other.
That can be some hard work. You will have a lot of research ahead of you to compare your options, check into the credentials of each daycare, look up reviews and read up on testimonials of other parents who placed their children with these facilities. That research should also include a variety of criteria which can help you delineate a poor day care from a good day care from a great day care windemere. They’re all out there, you just need to track down the best of the bunch.
We’re going to help you make that distinction by arming you with the information you need so you can make the best decision for your child’s well-being:
Ratio of Child to Teacher
This is where your research begins in earnest. If this ratio is not to your liking, there isn’t a whole lot more to discuss about the day care. That’s because a child to teacher ratio is going to dictate how much time the instructors will spend attending to your child’s needs. The younger the child, the more critical this ratio can be to finding the right day care.
A child between the ages of 1 and 3 years requires more care and attention than older children and if the day care instructor is not available to give your child that care, the child will not be receiving the full and complete benefits of attending a day care facility.
If your child is in this age range, it’s important to understand that these years are some of the most vital for proper development and growth and since you won’t be available to provide this care at all hours of the day, you should expect your surrogate to be there when the child is in attendance. So be sure to find out what kind of child to teacher ratio is in practice at each day care you interview.
Ask if your child will be provided a meal while he or she is attending the day care or if you are expected to pack that meal to send with the child. If the day care is providing food and beverage to the child, be sure to ask what is typically provided each day.
It’s important that your child is not inundated with an abundance of snacks, meals, or drinks that are high in sugar, salt, or fat. These will only serve to promote weight gain in your child and it’s best not to get him or her started on a path to obesity from an early age. Childhood obesity is one of the biggest challenges for American children today.
Make sure fresh fruit and vegetables are on the menu. This is a sign of a good day care that understands the needs of children.
The best day care centers challenge a child’s mind and body throughout the day. That means offering exercise programs for increased physical activity and lessons in the classroom that help to expand a child’s mind, inspire a thirst for knowledge, and make good use of your child’s time while he or she is in the care of your chosen day care provider.
Making sure the child stays active throughout the day promotes healthy weight and leaves him or her fully refreshed to take on the challenges of learning in the classroom when those activities are over. Play time is important as well, but learning through playing is much better than playing without any added benefits for education.