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Questions to Ask

  1. LOOK – Trust your first impression. Does the center look safe? Do the adults seem to enjoy being with children. Does it smell clean? What is their sanitation policy and how do they adhere to it? What is their security system like? Are there plenty of toys/activities? Even after you start using child care, visit often. Inquire if you can drop by at anytime, without notice?
  2. LISTEN – What does the child care setting sound like? Do voices sound cheerful and patient? If it’s too quiet, there may not be enough activity. Too much noise may mean a lack of control. As questions or concerns come up, during your tour ask them immediately. If you have questions that come up later, call back and ask. A quality Center should be happy to answer your questions and should never be troubled by your inquiries.
  3. COUNT – Count the number of children and staff in each group. A small number of children per adult is especially important when caring for groups of young children and babies.
  4. ASK – Ask about the knowledge and experience of the people who will be caring for your child. Quality caregivers are happy to have you ask these questions and are always learning more about teaching and caring for children. Ask if you can speak with the Head Teacher of your child’s prospective room and spend time alone in the room with them to get to know them personally. After all, they are the ones responsible, daily, for the care and nurturing of your child.
  5. BE INFORMED – How realistic is it to put my child on your waiting list, and do you require a reservation payment?
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