There are many options working parents have in selecting where their children will be cared for while they are at work and who will worry for them. Some parents conclude that the best alternative for them and their child is to have a home-based daycare, while others favor a private local child care provider.
Here are a few tips on finding a great one!
Call your local child care referral –
Most cities have at least one referral service to help match children to daycare openings available. This referral service is usually free, and while they do not give opinions about the nursery is the best, it is still a good way to find out what child care near their home or workplace have openings.
Some daycares have websites that can give you a good idea of what they are all about. Just search "daycare, your city, your state". While not all daycares have websites (especially home daycares) you may get lucky and find the perfect daycare near you.The great thing about a well thought out daycare website is that it can save you time in the interviewing process.
Choose the best daycare to meet your needs-
If you are unhappy with all of the daycares you have interviewed just start the process over and look at more options. If you have found more than one daycare that you love and just can't decide you may want to ask the providers if you can come and visit during the day.
Choosing a daycare is a very special decision. If you love the idea of leaving your child there at that childcare, it's probably the best place for you.