When we first brought our newborn home from the hospital, for many of us, the dream situation consisted of us being home with our kids until they were old enough to go to school. Yet, with our careers, our bills and all of the other demands of life, that’s oftentimes not possible; this means that we have to get someone to watch our children for us; we have to find some trustworthy and affordable childcare.
If you’re finding yourself in this kind of predicament and you’re looking for a few tips on how you can get good childcare for your kids, we’ve enclosed five solid recommendations for you below:
Ask people you know.
Whether you’re looking for a live-in nanny or a daycare facility, you can make the search a lot easier if you would make a point to ask some of your family members, friends, and even co-workers about the kind of childcare that they use. The best thing about going by personal referral is that you’re getting information from someone you trust.
Do some additional research.
Say that the people or places that were referred to you are not exactly what you’re looking for. If this is the case, then the next step to take would be to do some online research. You can start by going to your favorite search engine and putting “nanny,” “au pair,” “daycare,” or “preschool” along with your city and state in the search field.
Do keep in mind that reputable companies will have a website with contact information, plus they will also be licensed and have outstanding references upon request.
Whether you’re looking for someone who watches a few children within their home or an established daycare facility, it’s a really good idea to conduct several interviews. That way, you will give yourself several options (and prices) to choose from.
Make on-site visits.
If you are planning to go the daycare route, remember that people are interested in getting your business. So, no matter how great everything might sound over the phone, you need to make some on-site visits. That way, you can see for yourself how clean the environment is, how friendly the teachers are, and how well the children are cared for. This can also provide you with the opportunity to speak directly with the daycare facilitators as well.
Watch your children.
Whether it’s a preschool for your little one or you are considering putting your older child into one of the after school care programs in the area, no matter how good of a reputation the place might have, remember that it’s your child that has to be there every day. That’s why it’s also wise to allow between 2-4 weeks for your child to get acquainted with the staff and adjusted to the kids before making a final decision.
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Be sure to ask your child each day if they had fun and what they did. If they give you an unsatisfactory report or you notice an abrupt change in their behavior, take those as signs that you need to look elsewhere. Remember, when it comes to finding good childcare, their happiness, and safety, at all times, are what’s most important. While you’re here read this article on how to hire a great tutor for your child.