First Visit – Questions To Ask Daycare Center
The questions to ask daycare center will depend on the type of daycare that you have selected to visit with your child. The majority of parents will possibly be at least visiting one long day care center to gauge if this is a suitable option. The questions to ask daycare center below cover most types of daycare centers.
Establish if the business is owned by a corporation or if it is a family owned and operated daycare center. If it is a corporation, who is in charge (Director) and how long have they been at the center? Do they appear to be experienced and professional? If it is a family operated center is the owner a childcare qualified person or do they have a qualified employee to cover the regulations? It is up to you to decide which ownership structure suits you best.
Staffing of Daycare Center
The ration of child per staff in each age group is governed by regulators. Some daycare centers may for one reason or another (room layout, size, design etc.) may have a lesser child to staff ratio than the regulators require. The less children, staff have to care for, the more time they can devote to each child.
It is very important that you ask for the qualifications of all staff, so you can judge if the daycare center is operating on the minimum levels or have more senior qualified staff than required by regulation. If your child is of Preschool age, you would require at least one qualified early childhood teacher in their room.
Daycare Center Policy
Both small and large daycare centers must have written policies. Ask to see a written copy of these policies and procedures which should cover their philosophy, aims, values and the operational guidelines of the daycare center. Topics covered will include hours of operation, fees, collection procedures, late fees, programs, meals, accidents, illnesses and emergencies, discipline and behavioral issues etc.