Choosing the best day care for your can be a tough
process and will probably involve some compromises. These tips should
help make the choice a little easier:
- Aim for the
best you can afford — this is one thing you don't want to skimp
- Don't choose
by reputation alone: visit, watch, and ask questions (and make sure
all those questions are answered to your satisfaction!).
- Spend enough
time at each setting to be sure you're comfortable with your final
choice; don't be afraid to linger.
- Find out
whether each facility is licensed and what training the provider has
in early childhood development.
- Do the
caregiver-to-baby math: Infant care
should have no more than four babies per care provider.
Establish Emergency Procedures
Aside from learning your
baby's feeding, sleeping, and playing routines, your caregiver also
needs to know how to handle emergencies. Be sure to:
- Make a list
of the procedures you would follow in a medical emergency and give it
to your day care provider.
- Give all care
providers the names and numbers of the hospital and your child's
emergency numbers posted by each telephone (at home and at the care
- Make sure
your child care providers have CPR and first aid training.
- Give your
provider written permission to initiate medical care in case of an