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As parents, finding an affordable quality childcare facility that we feel comfortable leaving our children at on a daily basis is a hassel in itself. Trusting that our child/children will be cared for in the proper way while we work or attend classes to further our education is very important but, let me ask you this…

Is paying for the proper childcare a priority? Is it as important as providing food, clothing, shelter? “I pay Kevin’s childcare expenses before I pay my phone bill” says Melinda Ross a single mother of a 8 month old baby boy “ childcare is essential in my household, without it I cannot properly provide for my family.” To answer this question YES, paying for childcare is and should be a priority. Childcare is a necessity in many households as it assists many of us with the ability to provide a quality of life for our families.

Preparing your child for a positive daycare experience

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Sending your child to daycare for the first time can be quite an experience for both you and your child.  Making that transition from home to a more structured setting can sometimes seem quite traumatic for your child, even when the providers are the best and the environment is loving.  To ease this transition A Child’s Place Academy recommends a few steps to get your child’s daycare experience off to a great start!

  1. Set a positive tone
    1. Your excitement and positive energy about the new daycare will make your child excited about the new daycare.  Talking about the new daycare before your child starts is extremely important in preparing your child.  Taking your child with you to tour the new facility will also be very helpful.  Introducing him/her to their new teachers and new friends will make them even more excited come the first day.
  2. Don’t Linger
    1. This is the hardest part for most parents but also very important.  Lingering or standing around will make the transition harder.  It is normal for children to cry, and some even scream but lingering to try to calm the child only makes matters worse.  It is best to hug the child, give them a kiss and assure them that you will return to pick them up later.
  3. Leave a comfort item
    1. Leaving something that your child is familiar with is also a good tool in easing your child’s transition from home to daycare.  Sending the child with a blanket or a sleeping toy will help with easing transitions.  If your child’s school doesn’t allow items you can send CD’s with special songs that may calm the child.  I am sure that most daycares appreciate when parents assist with making a smooth transition for their kids.
  4. When they cry……
    1. Even though it is gut wrenching to hear, most children cry when parents drop them off at daycare for the first time.  This is normal for children to have separation anxiety.  One thing parents can do is speak with the teacher to find out how long their child cried after they left.  Most children cry for a couple of minutes then calm down once they start to play.  Just knowing that crying is a normal part of this whole process ease’s the parents.

How to find the best daycare for you and your child

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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.