Tips for Choosing the Right Childcare Provider

The following link provides a more comprehensive guide to finding and selecting the best care for your child. Finding and Selecting the Best Childcare.

We understand that placing your child in someone’s care is a great decision. We are sensitive in knowing that there are many factors involved in making the decision as to where to place your child for care. Whether you choose Gregory Family Childcare or decide on another service we would like to provide the information you need in making the best decision for your family. The following is list from will give you an overview on how to best make a decision in placing your child with a childcare provider.

Tips for Choosing the Right Childcare Provider
1. Start Early
Start looking as far in advance as you can. No matter what type of care you are considering – a child care center or care in someone else’s home – finding the right child care option can take some time.
2. Make a Call
Begin your search by calling your local experts – your Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) agency.
3. Visit and Ask Questions
Visit the child care options you are considering. Find out about these key indicators of quality:
Adult to Child Ratio. Ask how many children there are for each adult.
Group Size. Find out how many children are in the group.
Which would be calmer and safer? Which would be more like a family?
4. Caregiver Qualifications. Ask about the caregivers’ training and education. Caregivers with degrees and/or special training in working with children will be better able to help your child learn. Are the caregivers involved in activities to improve their skills? Do they attend classes and workshops?
5. Turnover. Check how long caregivers have been at the center or providing care in their homes.
6. Accreditation. Find out if the child care provider has been accredited by a national organization. Providers that are accredited have met voluntary standards for child care that are higher than most state licensing requirements.
7. Stay Involved
The work isn’t over when you find good care for your child. You and your child’s caregiver are partners now.
Here are some ways to be involved:
Have parent-caregiver meetings regularly, and ask questions.
Offer to volunteer time when needed, like participating in clean up days, fixing broken toys.
Be there for your child’s birthday party.
Visit your child at child care and read a book aloud.
Join in special events.
Visiting and participating in events at your child’s provider sends a strong message. It tells your child and your child’s caregiver that you think what your child is doing and learning is important.


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