I’m sure we can all agree how important choosing a reliable, affordable childcare provider is. It’s not always a simple task though! To help out, here are some pointers for choosing a childcare provider that’s best for your child’s happiness and development:
1. Know what’s important to YOU
Math Monkey may produce the human calculators, while Shichida may churn out the baby geniuses, but is that what you really want? Don’t get blinded by all the marketing hype! Sit down with your partner and make a specific list of what you BOTH expect from a childcare provider.
That way, the next time you’re hunting for “the one” and the owner brags that the kids have won awards for their toilet paper origami, you can quickly check your list to see that toilet paper origami’s not there, and save time by saying thanks but no thanks.
2. Great place, but does it suit you?
Sometimes it’s obvious you’ve found a great childcare provider. The place has a good reputation, is full of vibrant energy, and the kids are happy and learning useful skills. However, you still have to take into consideration if the “perfect childcare” is perfect for you.
You shouldn’t have to make too many sacrifices to fit it into your life, like driving 4 hours a day, spending more money than you can afford or being put on a one year waiting list. In the end, it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth it, so make the right choice.
3. Do your homework
And I don’t mean just properly researching your options, like The Secret To Choosing A Good Nursery. Once you know what your options are, you have to try them out as well. Bring your child in for trial visits to see how she feels about the place.
Also, check if the childcare provider is willing to let you see how the place runs, without someone watching over you. This lets you see the place in a more natural state, in addition to giving you a good chance to talk to staff and other parents without the awkwardness of the owner standing right beside you.
While I myself feel these are the 3 most important things in choosing a childcare, you may very well disagree. Please let me know what you think in the comments section below, and share this article with your friends!