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.


  • 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?


  • 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?


  • 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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