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Child Care - 10 Things You Should Expect by Michael Russell
In this article we are going to discuss 10 things that
you should definitely expect from a daycare center that is providing care
for your child while you're at work.
Child care centers are not clones. Each one will have
different things available to the child depending on the budget the center
has. Some will have many activities and others will have very few. But
there are 10 things you should expect from any child care center no matter
what their operating budget is.
1. Open Access To Their Center - Parents must be able
to call on or walk in on a daycare center at any time unannounced. The
provider should also allow the parent to make any amount of reasonable
phone calls in order to check up on their child. The provider and the parent
should work out a schedule for those phone calls to find out the times
that are best and also agree on how many phone calls in a day are reasonable.
2. Safety For Your Child - The daycare center where your
child is staying should be in a safe environment. All possible precautions
should be taken to make sure that your child is safe such as, plugging
electrical sockets, keeping knives and sharp objects in a safe place and
out of reach, closing off stairways and using only safe and well maintained
equipment. If your child has to travel, the provider should also use safety
seats and seat belts when traveling.
3. Honesty And Confidence - Providers should not promise
things that they can't do. They should be honest about the care that will
be given. Also, there should be confidentiality about your child even being
there. Nobody should be given any information about your child if strangers
should call unless you specifically say it's okay.
4. Acceptance Of Parent's Wishes - Centers should make
every effort to comply with the wishes of the parents such as the food
the child will eat, activities the child will or won't participate in and
any special care that needs to be given to the child. If the parents don't
want people smoking around their child then the environment should be kept
5. Advance Notice Of Any Changes - The center should
give the parents plenty of advance notice of any changes that are going
to take place that may affect the care of the child. This way the parents
can make plans to have the child moved to another center if they are not
happy with the proposed changes.
6. No Interference In The Child's Family - The child care
provider should not talk to the child about any problems the parents may
or may not be having. It is not for the child care provider to meddle in
the lives of the family. The first and only responsibility is to care for
7. No Advice Offered And No Judging Of Parenting Practices
- If a child care provider does not agree with some of the parent's methods
of raising their child it is none of their business. They are only to offer
advice if asked.
8. Assurance That Everyone In Contact With Child Is Trustworthy
- If it is a large center and there are many people there then each one
should be certified to be trustworthy and safe. A center should take all
reasonable precautions when hiring staff and should provide the parents
with information on how workers are hired and what screening process everyone
9. Open Communication - The provider should keep the parents
constantly posted of any instances at the center that they should be aware
of including the child's progress or lack of progress. The parents should
be kept in the loop regarding all activities the child participates in
and those the child has problems with. It should be as if the parent is
right there observing.
10. Finally, No Surprises - This means that the provider
should not suddenly tell you that they have taken a part time job elsewhere
and their teenage daughter will now watch the child. Or if at a center
you don't want to hear that your child's teacher suddenly disappeared with
no reason given.
If you are confident about all 10 of these items than
more likely than not you have found a child care provider that you can
feel confident in.
About the Author, Michael Russell. Your Independent
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