Three Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing The Right Child Care

Posted on: 11 August 2016

These days, it is not uncommon to see both parents working outside the home, resulting in the need for child care. In fact, about 23.4% of children aged 5 and under are a part of some type of organized child care. Working outside the home makes it very difficult to balance work life and home life, so there are many benefits to placing your child in a child care facility. Some benefits include improving social skills, exposing them to other cultures, and building their immune system. While child care can be a great thing for both the parent and the child, there are a few mistakes you should avoid if it is your first time placing your little bundle of joy in a daycare. 

Not Discussing Discipline

When it comes to how your child will be disciplined, all parents have their own opinion. It is important to speak with the the day care center about their approach on discipline. While it may not be as important when you have an infant, it is important as your child ages. This is especially crucial if your child has behavioral issues or is prone to biting. In order to protect the other kids, the center has to discipline kids who do not follow the rules. Make sure you are on the same page with how the facility handles it.

Not Thinking About the Future

While your child may now be an infant, you still have to think about whether this facility will work for your child until they reach kindergarten. One of the first things you want to do is tour the facility, including other age groups. Each program should expand on the last. For example, the three year old program should start in where the two year old program finished. This way your child gets a continuous education that flows. 

Not Meeting the Staff

Many times, a parent will work at least 8 hours a day, plus, you want to factor in commuting time to and from work. This means your child could be with these people for almost half the day if you are working full-time. It is crucial that you get to know the staff before you decide on the day care center. These people will essentially be caring for your child while you work to make money for your family. If you want to feel confident dropping your child off each day, you need to feel good about the teachers and the rest of the staff.

For more information, talk with a child care facility, such as Small World Early Learning & Development Center, today. 

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