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Choosing a childcare provider for your child is a difficult task.  After all, how do you determine a virtual stranger’s worthiness when it comes to caring for the person you most value in life?  Fortunately, you can find a reputable and trustworthy professional by following some practical steps, and it begins with getting some basic information.  Here are five questions parents should ask before hiring a daycare provider:

Who will be working with my child?  Generally speaking, daycare centers divide children in age groups and appoint specific instructors to each group.  Your child’s instructor will be the person your child will go to for guidance and support throughout the day, and will also be the person you communicate with when it comes to your child’s daycare experience.

What is your adult to child ratio?  In addition to knowing which adults your children will be spending the majority of their time with, you should also be aware of how many adults there are per children in the entire facility.  This is especially important in large facilities, where you want to be sure your child will get ample attention.

What is your visitor and pick-up policy?  The daycare should never allow visitors to spend time with your children or strangers to pick up your children – even in emergencies – without your expressed written consent.  Find out what types of policies the daycare has in place to protect your child from adult predators.

What is your payment and withdrawal policy?  Will you have to pay for child care even when you take your child on vacation?  How far in advance must you tell the daycare that you plan on withdrawing your child?  These financial policies should be outlined in the daycare contract, but you should verify them before you sign anything, or else risk costing yourself unnecessary hundreds down the line.

What safety measures do you have in place to protect my child?  You want to be sure that your child’s health, safety, and well being are protected while you are away.  There are many considerations when it comes to daycare safety – including food prep, emergency drills, sanitation, safe playground equipment, illness prevention, and more – and your daycare of choice should have very clear safety policies and procedures in place.

Running a daycare is not child’s play.  It is serious business that involves the care of your most precious treasure.  Your little ones deserve to be in an environment that will nurture their talents and curiosity, and surrounded by people who care about their well-being.

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To keep young children engaged, it is necessary to provide them with a variety of activities and environments throughout the day at a daycare center.  While different daycares may adhere to different philosophies and curriculums, most daycares break up the day by organizing similar activities into schedules.  Here is a breakdown of the five most popular daycare activities:

In-class learning centers.  Toddler attention spans aren’t very expansive.  For that reason, the most effective way of engaging them in learning over an extended period of time is to allow them to explore a variety of surroundings and participate in a number of stimulating exercises.  In-class learning centers are a popular solution, incorporating areas like a mock kitchen, a costume/dress-up stage, a building blocks corner, a reading room, and a math/science space into the preschool learning environment.

Recess.  Kids need plenty of time to blow off steam, especially if they’ve been indoors all day.  Recess generally consists of outdoor playtime, usually with the aid of playground items like swing sets, slides, monkey bars, sand boxes, swinging ropes, shaky bridges, tire swings, playhouses, tricycles, teeter-totters, and more.

Nap time.  While it is true that some children might complain when it comes to nap time, the truth is that infants and toddlers need a nap time to stay balanced.  Nap time is a standard part of every daycare schedule, and it generally takes place after lunch or recess, when children’s tummies are full and legs are worn out.

Eating.  Depending on their hours of operation, daycare centers may offer up to two snacks and three meals a day (even if they offer parents the option of bringing food in).  Every daycare has an area designated for eating, and even meal time can be a rewarding learning experience for children, even if they are only learning about cleanliness and manners.

Arts and crafts time.  Preschoolers like to get messy, and if they don’t get enough of a chance for that at recess, arts and crafts time should provide them with plenty of ooey-gooey opportunities to get their hands dirty, so to speak.  The most popular daycare arts and crafts activities are hands-on, to provide children with both tactile stimulation and a means of creative expression.  Think finger paints, modeling clay, glitter, and plenty of glue.

Running a daycare is not child’s play.  It is serious business that involves the care of your most precious treasure.  Your little ones deserve to be in an environment that will nurture their talents and curiosity, surrounded by people who care about their well-being.

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Does your little one have the first-day jitters about attending a new daycare?  If so, you can go a long way in easing those nerves by providing your child with some basic information, because it may just be that your child’s nervousness is largely due to not knowing what the daycare experience might be like.  Need some guidance when it comes to talking it out?  Here are three things your child should expect from a daycare provider:

Routine.  Children thrive on routine.  They typically want to eat the same breakfast and lunch every day, watch the same television shows every day, see the same people every day, and adhere to the same schedule every day.  Why?  Because when children know what is going to happen and when, they feel more in control and less anxious.  It’s a big world out there, and it can be very scary when your little ones don’t know what’s coming next.  Fortunately, the daycare experience is centered on routine, and your child can expect to become accustomed to that routine within a matter of days.

Friendly staff.  From the time you register your child with a daycare of your choosing, your child should be assigned to a staff member (or teacher) who will be there for guidance and support throughout the day.  Assure your child that there should never be any question as to who to turn to for help, and that the same teacher(s) should be with your child until it is time to “graduate” to the next age group.

Play time.  Sure, you expect that your child will gain some education while in daycare, but your child doesn’t have to know that.  An effective daycare curriculum schedule should feel like an extended playtime for your child.  Therefore, you can tell your child to expect to have plenty of fun and play time at preschool.  To be specific, you can go into detail about learning (or play) centers, recess (and all those great playground activities), arts and crafts time, and socializing with new friends.

Running a daycare is not child’s play.  It is serious business that involves the care of your most precious treasure.  Your little ones deserve to be in an environment that will nurture their talents and curiosity, and surrounded by people who care about their well-being.

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