5 Steps that can help you choose quality childcare for your kids

Finding a high quality childcare provider can be stressful but here you can find a good place to start. 

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When it comes to our kids we always want to give them all the loves and the best resources for them. That’s why you want to find a program that’s convenient, goes with your learning requirements, and within your budget. But most importantly, you need a child care program that makes sure your child is safe, healthy, and learning.

To make sure your child is well taken care and you can get to work without worries is important you choose a high-quality childcare program.

Here are some tips that can help you:

  1. Write down what you need: according to your work schedule you may need half weeks, half days or evening care. Before you start your search make sure of what you need and learn about the type of care available in your community you can start by answering these questions:
    • What are the licensing requirements in my area?
    • How can I get information about complaints and licensing violations?
    • Does my family qualify for any child care financial assistance programs?
    • Is there a quality rating and improvement system for providers in my area?
  2. Land on a budget: How much can you afford? this is a question that would help you disregard some childcare providers that are above your budget. It may also help you determine how early you need to start or how much do you need to save.
  3. Start your search: Now that you have a clear picture of what you need and the options available, you can start visiting or calling the options you have landed on. Don’t be afraid of asking questions, asking is the only way you can make sure you are choosing a high quality childcare provider. You could ask about the class sizes, the teaching philosophy or any questions you have depending on your research on point 1
  4. Check for references and reviews: find friends or family whose kids are attending a childcare and ask for their opinion about the program, listening to different perspectives can help you with your decision.
  5. Make your choice and stay involve:  Make the best choice for your family based on your needs. But the work isn’t  done here, build a relationship between you and you childcare provider. Look for ways to exchange information about your child and have conversations about caregiving and your child’s learning.

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