When sending your child to daycare you want to ensure your child is safe and happy. One way to make sure you are sending him or her to the right center is to ask the right questions. Take a look at 20 questions you should ask potential daycare providers.
Is the daycare licensed? This will ensure the daycare center meets specific requirements as outlined by the state.
What ages are accepted?
Are separate spaces available for different age groups, and are age-appropriate toys provided for each group?
What safety precautions are in place? Is there a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors? Are the electrical outlets covered? Are all medications and other dangerous substances kept away from the children? Is there an emergency evacuation plan?
How often are the toys and play areas washed and sanitized? Do caregivers wash their hands after changing diapers and before preparing food?
Do the children get any time to play outside, weather permitting?
Is the outdoor play area safe and well-maintained?
What is the ratio to caregivers to children?
Is the staff trained in early childhood education and development?
Is the entire staff certified in CPR and first aid?
Are background checks performed on the staff?
Is a daily schedule available of the children’s activities?
Are parents encouraged to drop by and visit throughout the day?
Does the daycare offer the children nutritious snacks and meals?
What is the cost? Does the cost include meals and snacks?
What time can children be dropped off and picked up? Is there a fee for late pickups?
Do children take naps? Where is their nap area? Do all kids nap at the same time?
What is the center’s policy for sick kids?
How do you discipline children?
Does the center have a list of references that can be called?