Looking for childcare can be a time-consuming feat.   We at A Child’s Place Academy want to help you through this process to make it as easy as possible.  Be thorough, do your homework, and start as early as possible!! For example, if you know you’re going to need care in 4 months then start looking at the 90-day mark!  If you live in a big city most daycares fill up fast so starting early is suggested to make sure your child gets an available slot.  Following the steps below will help you in making your final decision on the daycare center you want your children to attend.

  1.  Decide what you want in a daycare
    1. The most important step is to know exactly what you want in a daycare provider.  Write down all your questions and concerns, your wants and needs, so that you can scope out potential daycare facilities.
  1. Do your research
    1. Ask friends and family members with kid’s what daycares their children attend or daycares they have heard great things about.
    2. Call your local daycare resource center.  They can be very beneficial with helping you find the exact things on your list!
    3. Use google to search for daycares in your area, or with the credentials you’re looking for.  The internet can be a great tool in looking for daycares close to you.
  1. Visit and Interview
    1. Asking preliminary questions over the phone is good, but actually going in, touring and sitting down with someone to get a feel for the daycare itself is the best!  Sitting face to face with someone to ask all the questions on your list will assist in you making a more informed decision when trying to choose the right daycare facility for you.
    2. While on your visit pay attention to the interactions between the children and the teachers.  Pay attention to the number of teacher and student ratios.
  1. Make an informed decision
    1. Ultimately choosing the right daycare for you and your family is a personal decision.  Everything in this how to guide is general.  Overall you want a loving, caring, clean, safe environment that have experienced and qualified teachers.