Hello, my name is Jenna. Welcome to my site. When I had to go back to work, I shared my uncertainties with my friends and family. Since I had my child at the same time as my cousins and friends had their own babies, I knew I was in good company. We were all facing the same dilemma at the same time, so we decided to tackle the problem together by setting up a nanny share. We organized the child care so our kids could grow up together and enjoy the same caregiver while we were at work. My site will explore the benefits of utilizing a nanny share in great detail.
There are plenty of daycare centers in your area. Now you're faced with a major decision: Which one to choose? You want a center that's safe. You also want one that's clean and has a well-trained staff. You've heard that focusing on learning areas (such as early literacy, math or science) is important too. You take a trip to each local site, asking questions and observing the children at play. What else can help you to pick from all of the daycares in your town? Talking to other parents who've been there and done that is one way to get a realistic picture of what the center is really like. What questions should you ask?
Why did you choose this daycare?
It may seem general, but this open-ended questions leaves plenty of room to get an honest answer. You're not putting an idea in the other parent's head or giving them a clue to what you're looking for. Let's say you want to find a center that puts a heavy emphasis on an arts curriculum. Instead of starting your conversation by asking, "What's their art program like?", begin with a less specific question. Later on, you can move into a more focused line of questioning.
What does your child say about the "school"?
It's fairly common for kids to clam up when it comes to talking about their daycare day. That said, most children eventually provide mom and dad with some information about what they're doing in class. This might not mean that the child gives a detailed description, but she may offer information on whether she likes her teacher or not or if she enjoys the activities. This gives you the child's point of view. If your BFF's daughter absolutely adores her teacher and can't stop talking about how much fun she has playing blocks, finger painting and drawing with her, your child may feel the same.
How often do you get the chance to talk to the teacher/staff?
Communication between parents and teachers is a key part to your child's early education. Asking a mommy or daddy friend if the staff makes an effort to communicate often gives you a better idea as to how the overall center works. Making a point of talking to parents in detail, emailing them, or calling when there's an issue (and when there's something positive to say) shows the caring and commitment of the teacher.
Along with these questions, make a list of the more the specific ones that you have in mind. These could include questions that focus on one content area, the curriculum, staff-to-child ratio, sick child policies, or anything else that is important to you when choosing from the daycare centers in your area.
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