The questions to ask daycare center will depend on the type of daycare that you have selected to visit with your child. The majority of parents will possibly be at least visiting one long daycare center to gauge if this is a suitable option. The questions to ask daycare center below cover most types of daycare centers.
Establish if the business is owned by a corporation or if it is a family owned and operated daycare center. If it is a corporation, who is in charge (Director) and how long have they been at the center? Do they appear to be experienced and professional? If it is a family operated center is the owner a childcare qualified person or do they have a qualified employee to cover the regulations? It is up to you to decide which ownership structure suits you best.
Staffing of Daycare Center
The ration of child per staff in each age group is governed by regulators. Some daycare centers may for one reason or another (room layout, size, design etc.) may have a lesser child to staff ratio than the regulators require. The less children, staff have to care for, the more time they can devote to each child.
It is very important that you ask for the qualifications of all staff, so you can judge if the daycare center is operating on the minimum levels or have more senior qualified staff than required by regulation. If your child is of Pre-School age, you would require at least one qualified early childhood teacher in their room.
Daycare Center Policy
Both small and large daycare centers must have written policies. Ask to see a written copy of these policies and procedures which should cover their philosophy, aims, values and the operational guidelines of the daycare center. Topics covered will include hours of operation, fees, collection procedures, late fees, programs, meals, accidents, illnesses and emergencies, discipline and behavioral issues etc.
Daycare Center Programs Offered
Do the programs offered by the daycare center give a variety of balanced educational programs for all age ranges? Do you think the programs offered reflect your child’s individual needs, abilities and interests? Do you think they will enhance all areas of your child’s development? Ask what time is spent on planned educational programs and on free play?
Daycare Center Activities Offered
Question what type of activities are planned for each day of the week and the length of those activities? Young children don’t have a long attention span, they require a choice of activities that they can participate in and change around. Activities such as reading, painting, drawing, cutting out and build objects. Ask if the daycare center has excursions or outings such as visits to interesting places or maybe even swimming lessons.
Conclusion of Questions To Ask Daycare Center
There are many questions to ask daycare center on your visit. Take notes on the questions you ask, so when comparing daycare centers you will remember. Two more questions to ask daycare center are: What meals are provided and the standard of these meal, are they healthy? If no meals are provided enquire as to what they expect you to provide your child to eat and drink. This could range from a snack to a lunch. What is the procedure if you are running late to collect your child? Do costs occur for collecting after closing hours and how the pick up is arranged?