6 Tips to Help You Find the Best Daycare Centre

April 30, 2014

Here are six very important tips to help you find a the best daycare centre for your precious little ones:

Safety

A private home daycare is always an option for a daycare centre  however, it is imperative that the daycare operators have the proper registration and certificates to certify that they are a legally registered daycare. When inspecting a home daycare centre care be sure to ask about safety procedures, health related certificates and food preparation precaution, this will make you feel more comfortable knowing your children are in good hands. By following set standards home daycare centres ensure that your children will be safe and happy in their care.

Structure

Although in private in home daycares are very popular, daycare centres tend to be more structured than private in home daycares as they usually run programs with a schedule and many different activities. In home daycare centres they tend to only have one staff member to look after all of the children, this can cause a problem as children may not be getting the attention they need. Daycare centres have multiple staff members who are usually fully trained and certified with an Early Childhood Education diploma. Finally they tend to have separate programs for different age groups providing the level of attention required and age appropriate activities for your child.

Affordability

Because of stricter rules, full certification requirements and programs, daycare centres tend to be more expensive than private daycares. Even though daycare centres are more expensive they offer many modes of payment and will provide tax receipts. Private home daycares have lower rates but are mainly cash only, which means they will not be able to provide you with a receipt for income tax purposes.

Waiting Lists

Daycare centres in general can sometimes be hard to get into. However, having a wait list means that a specific daycare centre is highly regarded by parents and may be the right place to send your child. To ensure that your child gets into the daycare you want, start your search early and add your name to the list.

Sources

There are dependable sources for finding suitable daycare including licensed child care finders, local listings, schools and regional ministries. Ask friends and family as well.

Licensing and Training

Before committing to a daycare make sure they can provide the proper licensing and proof of training required. Unless you have a friend or family member with a home daycare, proof of these papers is recommended or at the least three references.
Whether you are about to return to work following the birth of your child or are moving to a new neighbourhood, these tips will help you find the best care for your children.

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