It is very important to be able to find the right daycare center for your child. Remember that they will be staying there every day and will be spending time with the same people every day and so you have to be very careful and vigilant before even hiring and enrolling your child to the daycare center.
First, you have to make a list of the things that you are looking for in a caretaker or a center so that you can set your expectations and you can plan your next move.
Then, ask for the basic childhood training that your child needs from experts or look for information in the internet. Aside from doing this, you should also ask a potential caretaker a few things that would help you assess her efficiency in taking care of your child, like the reasons why she is into the job of taking care of children, why she left her previous employer, and then you should also ask about how she disciplines a child and explain your side of the bargain, explain how you do it your way so that she will be able to understand the dos and the don’ts when handling your child.
Ask her if she is trained in emergency methods like CPR, after all these, you should assess the things that she can contribute into the development of your child like the methods that she will use and the things that she will teach your child. Lastly, ask her how she will be able to handle separation anxiety in cases where your child gets overly attached to her and vice versa but she already needs to leave. This way, you will be able to know if this caretaker can help your child or if she is appropriate for your child.
Now, if you are considering a daycare center, a physical one for that matter, there are still a lot of things to be considered.
You have to ask and be careful because you are going to leave your child with them every day for the whole day. Ask them if they allow parent visits, about the alternative arrangements for care programs, or the policies for sick children. Ask them each and every thing that you want to ask them about until your gut is satisfied.
Lastly, you should make sure that your decision of leaving your child in a center or with a caretaker won’t make you over think at work because if it does, then don’t leave him there. It will just jeopardize your performance as both a mother and a career person.