What Should We Look for When Touring an In-Home Daycare?

When touring an in home daycare there are a lot of things you should look for. You want to make sure you ask plenty of questions and make the best decision for childcare so pay attention. The following tips are just a few things that you should be looking for when you tour an in home daycare.

State License
First of all, look for the state license. If you dont see it ask where it is. You will want to make sure the in home daycare is licensed to provide this service and fully accredited within the law. If you cant find this information and the provider is unwilling to show it to you then you should definitely look for a different daycare.

Plenty of Space
You should also ask where the daycare facilities are and ask to be shown around. A house may be large, but if only one room is used for 10 kids then that is not enough space. You want to see where the kids are located during the day and how much space is actually available for them. The daycare provider should have no problems showing you around and giving you a complete tour.

Cleanliness
As you are touring make sure you pay attention to cleanliness. This includes the kitchen and the bathrooms. Rugs, furniture, and toys should also be evaluated for cleanliness. Germs get passed easily among kids in daycare and you want your kid to be in the cleanest and healthiest environment possible. If the daycare looks dirty when you tour imagine what it looks like when you arent there. Also, if you see any sign of a bug infestation you should say goodbye and mark that daycare off your list.

Age Appropriate Toys
In home daycare centers frequently have a wide range of ages at any given time. Even so it is still important that there are plenty of age appropriate toys for each age group. All kids need toys to play with and to keep them occupied. So, keep your eye out for the games and toys available for your childs particular developmental level.

Safety Equipment
All in home day care centers should be outfitted with first aid kits, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and other safety equipment. Your childs safety is of utmost importance and you wan to be reassured that in the event of an accident your child will be taken care of.

There are many other things you should be looking for when touring a in home daycare center. These are just some of the important ones that you definitely dont want to forget or overlook when you are touring.


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