Things to Ask When Touring Potential Daycare Facilities

When you are looking for a daycare facility for your child you may be wondering how to interview the facility to find out if it is a place where you want your child or not. However, if this is your first child you may not be aware of all the things you should ask a daycare facility when touring to determine if it is the best place for your child. The following questions may help you conduct a more thorough interview.

First of all you might want to ask what ages are accepted. Many daycares accept ages six weeks to five years but there are others that have different age requirements. Another question to ask is if there are full time and part time schedules available or only one or the other. You may want to send your child only part time or may need a full time daycare so the answer to this question is important.

You will also want to ask about the holidays the daycare closes for when you are discussing schedules. As well as how early you can drop your child off and the latest you can pick him up.

Another important question is whether the director is available at certain hours to answer questions or if you can call at any time. You will also want to include whether the phone is answered quickly in case you have an emergency situation and need to contact the daycare. In addition, can you visit without an appointment or is the director only available by appointment?

Keep in mind that a really important question to ask is whether the daycare is licensed and accredited and what kind of qualifications and licenses the teachers have. Ask whether the teachers are first aid and CPR certified as well as if the daycare conducts background checks on all employees. The teacher to child ratio is also important to find out as well as how long the daycare has been in business.

You may very well have your own questions you want to ask as well that will help you get a good overall feel for the daycare. When you are touring the facility also dont be ashamed to have a checklist and mark off the answers the director tells you. If you are touring multiple daycares it will be difficult for you to remember all of the answers. So, keep good notes and ask all questions that come to you. That is the only way you can find the best daycare facility for your child.


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