15 questions to ask when finding a daycare

When it comes to choosing a daycare, parents rank quality as one of their top concerns, according to a survey released by the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.

Of course, that finding should come as no surprise. Parents want to ensure that their children are in an environment that is safe and promotes their educational, social and physical development.

Yet determining the quality of a daycare facility requires a more comprehensive process than a 15- to 20-minute tour. When you’re taking that important step in choosing a provider for your child, make sure you are armed with a list of questions that will give you some assurance about your decision.

Take a look at these top 15 questions you should ask when interviewing potential daycare providers.

Center:

  • Are your caregivers trained in first aid/CPR?
  • Do you conduct background checks on all your employees?
  • What type of child development training do you require, if any?
  • What is the student to teacher ratio?
  • Is your facility licensed and/or accredited?

Classroom:

  • How many children does your facility serve?
  • What is the specific breakdown of age ranges?
  • What is your educational philosophy?
  • What is your discipline policy?
  • What is a typical day like for the children?

Health:

  • What is your sick child policy?
  • What types of snacks and/or meals do you serve?
  • What opportunities are available for indoor/outdoor play?
  • What is your policy about administering medicine?
  • What is your policy about potty-training?

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How much does child care cost?

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Full-time care can cost anywhere between $100 and $400 per week. Many facilities won't take children under a year, and if your child is between 12 and 18 months - still defined as an "infant" in many states - expect to pay an additional $50 to $100 per week. (Photo Courtesy of Angie's List member Oliver N.)
Full-time care can cost anywhere between $100 and $400 per week. Many facilities won't take children under a year, and if your child is between 12 and 18 months - still defined as an "infant" in many states - expect to pay an additional $50 to $100 per week. (Photo Courtesy of Angie's List member Oliver N.)

Finding quality daycare is a challenge; while cost is critical, so is finding a provider who does more than the bare minimum. Daycare prices range from the reasonable to the ridiculous - what does great care really cost?

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my daughter turned 4 in february and i haven't got around to explore the schools in my area.. when should she start school? ive been thinking she starts in fall my sister keeps telling me i need to enroll her now because she can start anytime.. is this true? she lives in another county so i wasn't sure if it was different in clay county.

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