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25 Jul

choosing the right daycare

Silence is golden. Unless you’re in a daycare, then silence is just suspicious.
You are a parent or are soon to be a parent, you have with you children between the ages of 6 to 30 months old, they need to be taken care of that’s for sure. But you also need to go back to your nine to five job to ensure that at the end of the day, this family is actually well catered for.

What to do?

You call up your friends and colleagues that have been through this and succeeded tremendously and ask for advice. Their answer? Simple. Invest in a Day Care system. Well you consider this to be the avsolute solution to your problems until you discover there are so many systems to choose from and all of them offer this wide array of services. Confusion springs in and in more ways than one you are back to ground zero with no idea of how to move forward. But worry no more. We just might have a way in which you can rummage through all this information, so that when you come up for air, you’ll actually be able to breathe.

Types of Day-Care Centres.
Group Day-Care: These facilities are state licensed and are run very similarly to a school with groups of different ages taken care of by a specific person.
Home Day-Care: This is run by the provider while she/he simultaneously takes care of their own children. Some of these providers may be trained and licensed but most are not.

Why Day-Care?
According to Bruce Perry, the best toys a child can get is a parent who gets down on the floor and plays with them. In this case, the day care provider would suffice. Since you will not be able to be that toy for your kid, it would be great to have someone else extend that constant love and care that your child is exposed to at home, in the day care centre.
From a tender age, your child will already be mastering the art of socialization since being in a day care automatically puts them in a situation where they come face to face with other tiny people like them.

As opposed to staying home and sleeping all day or attempting to watch TV, your toto will be exposed to a curriculum that is sure to aid thier development; both mental and physical.
And last but not least, it saves you money since day care facilities are considerably cheaper than hiring a nanny.

Day-Care may be cheaper than private child care but at the end of the day, unless the prices are subsidized by the government or your company, they are still pricey.
Your child is bound to be exposed to illnesses since they will be in the company of other children, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. It’s scary, I know but the advantage is that; early exposure to germs may help build up on their immune systems in preparation for preschool.
For group day-care, if the facility follows the same calendar as the school calendars, flexibility may be an issue especially if they close on holidays or weekends thus putting you in a situation where you have to find a nanny if you will be predisposed on those days.
For home day care, some of the providers are not licensed. This means they don’t get to be frequently inspected for quality and up to par standards or adherence to care giving regulations hence you may not always be sure that your child is getting the care they deserve.
And now for the best part:

Sizing up a child care option:
When you get to the Day Care Centre, look down. Literally, look at the ground. What do you see? Are there children playing? Who are they playing with? What are they using to play? Do they look happy or frustrated? Remember this is a facility that cares for young ones. That means their heights are very limited therefore they are always going to be on the ground, doing their little baby things with their not so little caregiver. Point to note: It is advisable to have a 1:3 ratio; that is, one caregiver to three babies. That is the standard ratio since there’s only so many babies that one person can fully pay attention to.

While you’re at this also check to see that the grouping of the children is satisfactory. Toddlers shouldn’t be placed with older children especially because slightly older children still haven’t mastered their temperance levels and hence get really frustrated with younger children if they do not behave the way they would like them to.

How about the environment? Is it stimulating to the cognitive component. Will the children like to be there? If you were a child would you like to go there on the daily considering the fact that children have a very low attention span.

How is the setting? Are the sanitary levels suitable for young children who are susceptible to diseases? Is the environment healthy? Where is the diaper changing area and the eating area? Are they separate from each other and how often are they cleaned? How often do the care givers clean themselves in between changing baby diapers and feeding?

And finally ensure that there are safety measures displayed very clearly on the walls or the doors and that these measures are strictly followed.

You could also make it a point to one day just drop by unannounced to see if the situation is the same regardless of whether they are expecting guests or not. It may also be a good way for you to find out their walk in policies and how they handle random walk ins. You know, is anyone allowed to just walk in and pick a baby or are there security measures undertaken?
After going through all this, at day’s end, the decision to be made is entirely up to you. Remember, although you may have gotten numerous recommendations and refernces from friends, colleagues and current parents, if a facility seems off to you, don’t take it. Take your time, trust your gut, she’s never wrong.


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