I recently had a conversation about looking for the right daycare and childcare. I never realized how much thought had to go in to choosing the right childcare provider until I talked to my brother, who was looking for a good place to take his son, my nephew, to.
Whether it be preschool or just day care, before you consider leaving your child at the day care, you need to ask if they have their license, if they have been inspected and if they have a background check. Some of these things are not legal requirements in some states, but they are definitely important things to have when considering childcare.
It would also be a good idea to pay a visit during the day, to see what activities the childcare facility usually has planned. If you are considering a nanny or an at home daycare provider, then you can simply ask them what they might plan on during the day.
Honestly though, the best way to find a childcare provider is to network. Which of your friends have kids? Where do they take them? Would they recommend that childcare provider? Why would they recommend that child care?
Childcare is an important thing when you are trying to have a career and support your family at the same time. What kind of things do you readers look for when you consider childcare for your own kids? What kind of questions do you ask your provider? Please leave your experiences and stories in the comments and find out what others have to say about their own daycare experiences.