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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on advanced planning for new parents when it comes to a child care facility. As we noted in our first entry, this is an area you should be researching several months in advance at least, if not longer, as you’re expecting a new child.

At Smart Kids Development Center, we’re happy to help educate expecting parents on a variety of questions they may have regarding our child care facilities, which span from preschool and daycare to summer camp, afterschool care and more. We’ll help you get a great idea of our programs and exactly how we care for children here, helping you decide if our services are right for your family. Here are a few other areas you should be looking into when you speak to our staff or that of any other child care facility you’re considering.

Policies and Rules

Just like with any business, specific policies, rules and guidelines will vary between child care facilities. Within these facilities, areas that may differ between facilities include dropoff and pickup regulations, supplies provided by the daycare versus those parents must provide, policies on allergies or medical care, and many others.

Before signing your child up for any program, ensure you’re familiar with these rules and they work for you. This is especially important if your child has any special need areas – you want to be sure the program you’re considering has both the staffing expertise and facilities on-hand to meet your child’s needs.

See it Yourself

While this area is a bit tougher these days due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we strongly recommend attempting to get an in-person tour of any facility you’re strongly considering. Give yourself an idea of not only the layout of the facility and how both children and staff move around, but also the cleanliness and organization of the area. Also look closely at how staff members interact with children to confirm that the program uses the kinds of child care philosophies you prefer.

Check References and Qualifications

And just like you would when hiring an employee or someone to perform work on your home, check references and qualifications of any child care facility you’re considering. Any daycare you send your child to should be fully licensed and accredited, for one, and should be able to provide numerous strong references to satisfied customers. Also look up online reviews, plus check the state’s Department of Education website for any code violations or negative reports about a facility.

For more on choosing a child care facility ahead of time for expecting parents, or to learn about any of our preschool or daycare services, speak to the staff at Smart Kids Development Center today.