Choosing a good infant day care for your child can be a challenge. But you can find one by keeping a few basic points in mind.
Here are 8 tips to help you choose the best infant daycare for your little bundle of joy:
Check Staff-Child Interaction
It is important to know how the daycare staff interacts with the children. Make sure that your baby’s potential caregivers are warm and responsive and give each baby one-on-one time.
Babies require predictable and consistent care at all times. Find out how long the center’s current caregivers have been employed there and what the usual turnover is at the center.
Check the Policy
You need to make sure to find out if you and the caregivers share the same parenting philosophies. Find out what their philosophy is on topics like feeding, naps, etc.
Assess the Center
You may have found out about a center from friends or family, but you need to check it out personally to find out if it is the right one for you. Visit the center to assess it and decide whether it meets your requirements.
Your baby cannot talk yet so you and the caregiver will need to be able to communicate comfortably. You should be able to share important information about your little one.
Trust Your Instincts
Babies deserve and thrive under the best and most nurturing care. If there is anything about the center that does not feel right, look at other options immediately.
Be Open to Change
Babies need consistency, but there may be circumstances that require you to switch centers. Your baby needs a positive environment, so make sure that you know that change is good if it is for your baby’s benefit.
There are likely to be conflicts between you and your baby’s caregiver. It is important to make sure that you and your baby’s caregiver are able to cooperate so that any problems can be resolved quickly.
With these tips in mind, you can make sure that your baby gets the best day care center. Your little one will thrive and have a happy time even when you are not around.
Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and child care programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child’s social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.