Choosing a Daycare Center for Your Child
Written by greg on February 6, 2015
As parents, it is our job to protect our children at all times. They are, after all, life’s most precious gift. However, many times we also must entrust them to the care of others in order to go to work and thus, there are many ways that children can be hurt as a result. This does not have to be the case, because there are many ways a parent can assure that their child’s daycare gives them the same care that they would get at home.
Here are several things to consider when choosing a daycare center for your child
Looking at the Environment
It goes without saying that you must visit a daycare center prior to signing up your child with them. During your initial visit care must be taken to look at the surrounding environment. Is there a lot of clutter or is the trash overflowing? Are the caregivers actively engaged with the children or are the children simply playing amongst themselves while the caregiver is passively on the other side of the room? Further, check and make sure that there is an ample amount of teachers per child. Typically, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends one adult for every three babies up to 24 months of age.
In addition, a report by Parents.com also suggests that parents do more than one environment check when thinking about enrolling their children at that facility. It is recommended that parents use word-of-mouth referrals, as well as stopping by for an unplanned visit. In many cases, daycare centers will be extra diligent when they are aware of upcoming parent visits and as such; you will have a better idea of their day-to-day practices during an unplanned appearance.
Commitment & Policies
Whether you are looking at a daycare center for short or long term, you should inquire about their commitment to ensure your child has a place for enrollment. For instance, if you only have your child at the center during fall and spring, you should inquire about whether spots are kept, or if they fill up during summer and winter, will you miss out. Additionally, one should also inquire about employee turnover and if it is high, ask why. To that extent, you should also seek clarificaiton about the specific policies that the facility has for education, discipline, and so forth. Are the daycare workers educated in child development? Do they have CPR certification? On a similar note, does the facility utilize time out as punishment or do they opt for constructive redirection instead? The daycare center should not only be able to readily answer these questions, but they should also welcome any clarifications or concerns you may have.
Trust Your Instinct
Above all else, you should use the old idiom and ‘trust your gut.’ If a certain aspect about the daycare center simply does not feel right, even if everything looks fine on the surface, then it would be a smart idea to keep looking. Further, you can also follow up with child care license information, standards, and all governmental policies at The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Overall, you must be proactive about ensuring your child’s safety and oftentimes, the first step is choosing the right daycare center.
Contact a Daycare Injury Attorney
Call the Baumgartner Law Firm for a no obligation consultation about any Houston daycare injury claim. (281) 587-1111.