Daycare is a place where we put our children since we need to going back to work. All of us must be dreaming of some places that equipped with facilities and staff that responsible with our children. We also need to feel safe so that we can do our job better since we do not need to worry about our kids anymore. In fact, there are many daycare out there. Abundant amount of daycare commonly makes us feel confused to make a choice. We should consider not just about the thing that make us comfortable like the location that’s near to our home or office but there are several things that we also need to think about. Those things are important to make sure that we will make the right choice. Make the right choice is needed since nobody want to make wrong choices and ended with horrible stories about daycare that make many children suffer. The consideration should not only to find where we can leave our children to spend their time and have fun with other peer but also the one that offer educational programs.
The first consideration that we should consider is the license. Not all of the daycare has the license since the requirement varies depend on each state regulation. Some state does not require the care giver to have the license to establish their business. Other state requires all of the daycare type to have proper license even for the home daycare. However, it does not mean that those who have a license can be trusted. It depend on each staff personality. However, if the places that have choose already have the license then at least we can get the advantage of feel secure because they are not getting the license instantly. The state or related department always held some inspection and visit to be sure that the daycare already fulfilled the state requirement of teacher and student comparison amount, healthy food serving, security procedures and etc. That is why choosing a place that have a license can be a good starting plan. However, continuous visit and examination to the daycare can help us to make sure whether they always keep their standard or not.
The next thing that we should consider before choosing any daycare for our children is their facility. Be sure that they have proper daycare supplies to support children’s activity and learning process. They should have sufficient amount basic education supplies for learning function like books, paper, marker and etc. Good daycare should also provide art and craft project so that children possible to learn the creative process beside the basic academic skills. They also must have proper furniture and equipment to support the learning process. The furniture and equipment should not have any sharp edges that possibility to hurt children. Children love toys. It is a kind of undeniable fact. Based on this fact, the daycare should offer the type of toys that matched with children age. It is better is the toys do not have sharp edges, not too big or heavy and not contain any small material to avoid choking hazard.
The last thing that we should consider before choosing a daycare is making a visit. In fact, many of us do not aware of the visit importance. There are many cases when we just make a phone call and simply feel that we find the right places just because of the polite and nice sound of the daycare staff. We know that it is better to reveal the truth by making a visit. From the visit, we can simply understand how they do their procedure or their ways to take care of the children under their supervision. There are so many reports that children receive some abuse, violence or even neglected by the daycare staff. Of course we do not want our children being part of this report. Make a visit, talk to the owner and staff to know better about their personality. It is even better if we can see how the staff and teacher giving the lesson in the classroom. Try to get the reference from our family, friends or relative. It is better to get any advice from those who already have a better experience of using a daycare.