How Does Your Daycare Measure Up?
There are several type of daycare centres available and our choice is based on several reasons. Could be the price, the location, the hours of operation, the age of your child or the type of facility you feel is best for your child.
Which Daycare Centre for Your Child?
Some daycare centres are large and employ a number of caregivers. They are usually located in a non-residential building such as a community centre, your workplace, a church hall. They may not take babies and are structured for preschoolers and after school care.
There are family daycares where there are a smaller number of children and may accept children of all ages. It is usually in the caregiver's home and operated by one person.
No matter which type of facility you have chosen for your child, you would still have the same expectations. Here are some points to consider when making a decision to enroll or to evaluate where your child currently attends.
Points to consider when choosing a daycare centre for your child...
I'm sure there are more than the above-mentioned questions you could ask your caregiver, but I think I have covered the main ones. There will be other factors that will influence your decision. It may just be a gut feeling. Does this person make you feel comfortable.
Maybe you have a friend or neighbour who have children that attend the daycare. Word of mouth certainly helps.
After all, you are entrusting a person to take care of your child and you have the right to be very selective on who will do this for you.
by Maureen Fleury
Maureen Fleury is a Contributing Editor for Working Mothers http://www.suite101.comThis article was reprinted with permission from author. Copyright 1999.
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