Choosing Child Care – Know the Right Questions to Ask

BALTIMORE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–When parents decide to enroll their child in child care, the decision can be quite challenging. However, the choice will be easier if parents are confident that the providers are well trained, experienced and professional, and that the provider has created a safe environment for children, according to William Endres, chief operating officer for Kiddie Academy International.

Endres offers the following advice:

  • Tour the Facility: A walk-through of the facility will help parents make a more educated and confident decision when choosing a day care provider for their child.
  • Meet the Staff: Find out how long your child’s teacher has worked in the child care field, and ask about background checks. Are teachers required to participate in ongoing professional development programs to ensure that their child will receive the best care possible both educationally and developmentally?
  • Check the Teacher-Child Ratios: According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the recommended ratio is one staff member for three to five small children and one staff member for seven to 10 older children. To find out the guidelines in your state, visit the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care’s Web site at http://nrc.uchsc.edu/STATES/states.htm.
  • Review the Daily Schedule: It’s important that child care programs not only include social activities but also educational lessons.
  • Ask About the Curriculum: Is there a curriculum that is age-appropriate? Does the staff modify and adapt the curriculum to each child so he or she can learn and grow socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually at his or her own pace?
  • Inquire About the Food Service: A vital part of a child’s mental and physical health is a well-balanced diet. Ask about the food that is served and how meal and snack times are integrated into the daily routine.
  • Ask About Outdoor Activities: In addition to mental stimulation, it is important for children to engage in physical activities. Outdoor activity is an essential part of fine and gross motor development and a great way to keep children fit and healthy.

For more information about Kiddie Academy, please visit www.kiddieacademy.com.