Finding the right daycare for your child can seem like a daunting task. Although the effort to find a great childcare center can take a lot of work, when you find the right place, it can really change your life for the better.
Here are 4 key factors to consider when making the decision on which daycare will work best for you.
Get to know the caregivers. Any parent that has put their child through daycare before knows that the experience for the child almost always hinges on the quality of the caregivers. Of course, exceptional caregivers are going to be even better in a great working environment with lots of resources, but having cool toys and bad caregivers is never going to be as enjoyable for your child as old toys and great caregivers. Talking to the other parents about their experience with the caregiving staff is a great place to start. Sitting in on a day, or a few hours of daycare can also help you to get an idea of what the quality of caregiving is at a specific location.
Consider the distance. While the drive to a daycare that is a considerable distance out of your way might not seem bad the first few times you add it into your schedule, all that time will really add up once you are dropping off and picking up your child every day. This is especially true if your schedule if you are fitting in this transportation time around an already tight work schedule.
Look for scheduling flexibility. Most daycare centers are set up to provide care nine to five, Monday through Friday. If this is the schedule you need, that’s great, but if you work at odd hours or work less than full-time, finding a daycare center with a flexible schedule might be better for you. You certainly don’t want to be paying to have your child in class in times when you don’t need or want childcare, and you also need to know that your childcare needs will be covered when your schedule falls outside of the norm.
Don’t be afraid to change. Once you’ve done a lot of work deciding which daycare you want you child to attend, you most likely will want to stick with it. Sometimes sticking with your first choice is best, and the daycare you find will sometimes be great and sometimes good enough. But you can’t be afraid to change providers if the one you selected is not meeting your needs. Getting the right childcare for you and your child is worth the extra effort of finding a center that works well for you.Read More