Choosing Better Day Care!
Ways to Praise A Child
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Better Day Care!
who stay home can provide children with
their continuous presence and love, but
as many families know, sometimes the
choice to work outside the home becomes
imperative. The Working Parents Help Book
contains common-sense advice from working
parents who are experts at helping others
choose the "right" child care.
They list 10 steps parents should
consider before choosing a facility.
- Plan on
spending several hours, in at
least two visits, observing a
center before deciding. One visit
should be unannounced.
- Observe the
staff relating to children and
find out the employees'
qualifications, education and
child-development training and
- Learn about
the turnover rate in staff.
- Note class
sizes and child-to-staff ratios.
- Is there
active and quite play, as well
as, rest time?
- Are there
age-appropriate materials and
toys, and an outdoor play area?
- Is the
facility clean, cheerful and
well-maintained? Do staff wash
- Notice safety
features, such as, fire
extinguishers, smoke detectors,
covered electrical outlets, stair
gates, playground cushioning.
- Parents should
be allowed to visit thier child's
class whenever they want.
- Does the
center have accreditation by the
National Association for the
Education of Young Children?