If you're like most parents, then your most precious cargo is definitely your child. As such, you don't want to leave your child with just anybody or just anywhere. That's why, when it comes to choosing a childcare center, you should be as selective as possible, Fortunately, being selective and finding the best possible care for your child isn't all that hard, especially not if you know what to look for.
Always Schedule an Observation Day
First things first, know that any good child care center is always going to offer you the chance to have an "observation day"-- a day when you can come in and just observe what goes on in the center on an average day.
Make sure you take advantage of this opportunity, and try to do so on an average day. If possible, you may even want to pop in unannounced so that you can get a real, honest view of exactly what the center is like. No matter when it takes place, your observation will help you to make a smart, informed decision about the right place for your child.
Look for a High Adult to Child Ratio
Another thing that you will likely want to look for in a childcare center is a high adult to child ratio. Generally speaking, the more adults there are per child, the better!
Having more adult staff on hand ensures that your child will always have someone to properly look after him or her. Centers that are understaffed often lack in terms of the attention each child gets, so if you want the very best for your child look for a high adult to child ratio. And, remember, don't be afraid to ask the center these "tough questions" because you and your child deserve to know the honest answers.
State Licensed is Best
While there are all kinds of child care facilities out there, including some that are run out of the homes of perfectly nice people, it is usually in you and your child's best interest to choose a state licensed facility.
While licensing requirements do vary from state to state, a state license means that the center is regularly inspected and audited for safety and cleanliness, among other factors, which helps to guarantee that your child is as safe as possible while in the child care center.
If you can follow this advice and also exercise good judgment in general, there is no reason you cannot find a great child care center for your child.