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How To Choose A Day Care Center For Your Toddler

6 figure Income, nuclear family, modern lifestyle and of course gated community, these are the words we normally hear off late. Every person wants to attain exactly these goals in their lives irrespective of where they hail from or what their primary occupation is.

Image courtesy Stuart Miles
Image courtesy Stuart Miles

It is not something to whine about though, this world always strives for change and so do we. What we need to take care though is to keep our children safe. With moms going to jobs, it becomes necessary for her to leave her child in the care of a day care center.

Well, day care centers are mushrooming up every day and hence it becomes difficult to choose one that would be both safe and hygienic for your child. Here are 10 tips that would help you choose the right day care center for your precious child.

  1. Do Conduct a Prior Visit

Make it a point to visit the day care center in person with your spouse. Stay there for at least an hour. Avoid centers which restrict you from looking around or spending some time with the children. It is important for both you and your child to first cope up with having to acclimatize with the surroundings and for this you might need to spend half a day every day for a week. So make sure to choose a people friendly center.

  1. Check the Safety in the Entrance Door

Make sure to check the entrance door, it has to be wide enough for more than 3 people to enter and leave at a time. Also check for every other door, whether they are attended or left unattended. Safety is the main point here so don?t take chances.

  1. Distance

Choose something closer to your home or work so when required it is feasible to attend the center. This will lessen a lot of your tension both at your work place and give you time to attend your child if necessary.

  1. Working Hours Details

Make sure to know all the details about the working hours, which attendant will be working at what time. This would give you a detailed knowledge of how the center works and hence you would be able to plan your day accordingly.

  1. Fees and Other Payables

Get a detailed report of what has to be paid. This is important because sometimes after admission some day care centers begin charging extras which then becomes unavoidable and you would end up to pay them compulsorily.

  1. Parents? Meeting

In any good day care center, there has to be parents? meeting which not only would give an insight on how transparent the day care is.

Other important points to note

  1. Make a note of your initial impression like the center cleanliness and ambience of the center. First look into the toilet to decide.
  2. Observe the center for 30 minutes and have the child along with you to see whether your kid loves the place or not.
  3. Check the menu they offer to the kids to see the variety and nutritious value of food offered.
  4. Check the First aid box too.
  5. Ask for the program schedule for kids? activities.
  6. Check the outdoor facilities if available.
Dr Menaka Bharathi
Dr Menaka Bharathi
Dr Menaka Bharathi aka Simple Indian Mom is an Agricultural Microbiologist and helps moms to keep their family and kids naturally healthy both mentally and physically.
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