Four Things To Consider When Choosing a Child Care Provider

Re-entering the workforce for many new mothers can be a hard decision to make. The notion of “mom guilt” is a very present and real fear. That many women face as they try to weigh the benefits and challenges of working outside of the home. Also placing children in a child care setting. Committing oneself as a loyal employee. And dedicated mother can be hard to balance and take an emotional toll. Many reservations arise when the search for reputable childcare begins, but we have listed four tips to consider when selecting a daycare provider. Consider the following tips.

1. Interactions Are Key
The initial interactions that you encounter when you visit a childcare center are important. You should feel that you are able to communicate and see socialization. Initially when you visit the location. Being able to feel that you can ask questions, you discuss concerns should be determining factors. If you cannot have a solid communication system with teachers and daycare directors initially. The communication may fall even more short after you are sending your children resulting in dissatisfied opinions. Additionally, pay attention to the interactions with teachers and your children. You should notice a welcoming tone with toddler teachers and newborns. Furthermore, teachers should convey a loving and nurturing feel to your infant. Consider the relationships between teachers and employees as well.

2. Policy, Schedules and Deal Breakers
You have to believe in the same policy as the childcare center puts forth. If you don’t support the schedule and feel that the policy structure coincide with your parenting ideals. This may not be right provider for you or your child. If you initially have a problem with spanking a child as a form of punishment. They promote this, then that should be a deal breaker. Also look at the availability of the childcare centers schedule. If a major time conflict seems apparent with your work schedule, it may not be the best idea to select this provider. This is ok! You have to feel comfortable and work together to provide your children with the best care possible.

3. Listen to {and watch} the emotions of your kiddos
Initially, there will be a transition for your children. They prepare to be on their own without you for a few hours in the day. Children may absolutely love their classes and teachers from the get-go. Whereas other children may need more time to adjust. Ask and evaluate the happiness of your children, as they can give you a good idea of how things are going when you aren’t there. If they consistently are not happy when you pick them up, it may be time to evaluate the overall effect of the classroom or center on your kiddos. Furthermore, drop in and see how things are going. You can always check in and ask the teachers if there are any problems or concerns they may have with the emotional comfort of your children. Remember, this transition will take time for everyone involved.

4. Trust Your Gut.
At the end of the day, you know what’s best. Trust your gut and choose a childcare provider. you will trust and feel is compatible with your children, parenting ideals and work structure.

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Using the four key ideas to consider when choosing a childcare provider can help you select the perfect teacher and childcare setting for your child that will help them learn and engage with other children as well as give you the reassurance to head back into the workforce and set examples of how moms can truly have it all. Moreover, there is no right or wrong when it comes to parenting and nothing these days is off limits. Working mothers and stay at home moms can all resonate and support each other because we are all in this together.

Child Care

Child care can be defined as taking care of and supervising a child generally from a 6 week old kid upto age 13. Usually, it involves the actions and skills taken to look after the children by a babysitter, day care center and other child care providers. It is a widely spreading topic that covers huge spectrum of activities, contexts, establishments, social and cultural conventions. Current child care institutions need child care providers who have extensive training in medical aid and are CPR certified. Along with this, background checks and reference verification are required normally.

In a rough estimation, 6 out of 10 children of age 5 and younger are jointly being taken care of by parents, relatives, early childhood educators and other child care providers. Indeed, early child care is a vital concept that is often overlooked during child development. The child care providers are the first teachers of our children that plays an integral role in the early childhood education system. Quality care at a young age creates a huge impact on the successes of children.

Lacey Noland
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Author Bio:

Lacey Noland is called many names – Mama from her 3-year-old twin daughters, “Duchess” from her husband, Coach and “Lou” as nicknamed by her sisters. From Ocean Springs, Mississippi, she is a contributing writer for Her View From Home as well as a contributor to Parents & Kids Magazine , the national website Care.com , contributing writer to upcoming parenting site Teetertot.com and head writer/editor of her personal blog, Lou Times Two :: Lifestyle & Parenting blog. She began writing to cater content for young, millennial moms who are right in the trenches of parenting, and who realize that the idea of “perfect parenting” is a sham. Her writing focuses on uplifting women who feel pressure in the world of motherhood and helps them realize being a mom consists of appreciating all the job has to offer: The good, bad, disgusting, embarrassing, laugh-until-you-cry, rock-your-baby-to-sleep-all-night, true perfection kind of moments. In her spare time, she loves baseball games, painting, decorating, and spending time at the beach. You can find her at her blog or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.

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  1. It makes sense to find out what kind of policies a daycare has around discipline. It would make sense to find these kinds of things out before you sign your child up and any incident occurs. My son is really active and gets in trouble sometimes so we’ll have to find a daycare service that agrees with us on discipline.

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    • Trust your instincts!!!

      Beth

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    • Yes! Understand their philosophies before you enroll your child!

      Beth

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  2. I like that you mentioned interactions, leaving your child at a daycare is a great opportunity for them to learn to socialize. We’re looking for a daycare for our son currently, and we want one where he can learn and grow, not just be entertained for 6 or 7 hours. Don’t be afraid to ask a provider how your child will grow by staying at their daycare.

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    • Very good point!!!

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