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Checklist for Choosing a Daycare

Checklist of questions to ask yourself, the center and care providers before making a decision on which daycare suits best for you and your child.

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Riza Hope Molo
10th December 2016 in family & parenting
Questions to Ask Yourself and The Center
Questions to Ask Yourself and The Center
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  • Tour Inside The Center

  • 1
    Is the license displayed in a visible location?
  • 2
    Are separate spaces available for the different age groups?
  • 3
    Is the quantity of toys and materials sufficient for the number of children in the classroom?
  • 4
    Are the toys and materials developmentally appropriate for the different age groups?
  • 5
    Is the classroom arranged in a way that toys and materials are accessible to children?
  • 6
    Are the furnishings in the classrooms child sized?
  • 7
    Are there obvious hazards accessible to the children such as:
  • 8
    dangerous substances
  • 9
    electrical cords and/or uncovered electrical outlets
  • 10
    cleaning materials or medications
  • 11
    Are fire extinguishers on site?
  • 12
    Are fire escape plans/emergency evacuation plans posted?
  • 13
    Are the sinks and bathroom stocked with appropriate supplies?
  • What Will My Child Do During The Day?

  • 14
    Are there planned activities that help my child learn (quiet and active, indoor and outdoor)?
  • 15
    Will my child have time every day to run, catch, climb and throw?
  • 16
    Do children have time to play on their own and can they get to toys and activities?
  • 17
    Is TV and computer time limited?
  • 18
    Is the space comfortable, organized, child‑friendly and safe?
  • 19
    Is rest time based on the needs of each child (infants sleep on their own schedule, quiet activities for children who don’t nap)?
  • 20
    Are there plenty of books for children?
  • 21
    Are books available to children in their own languages and for different ages?
  • 22
    Is there circle time, storytelling or reading?
  • 23
    Are families’ cultures respected in activities and celebrations?
  • How Are Parents Included?

  • 24
    Is the schedule of daily activities posted and current?
  • 25
    How will I hear about my child’s day?
  • 26
    Am I encouraged to spend time as a guest for lunch or as a volunteer?
  • 27
    Do I feel respected as my child’s first and most important teacher?
  • Child's Health and Safety

  • {dropdown}

  • Tour Inside The Center

  • 1
    Is the license displayed in a visible location?
  • 2
    Are separate spaces available for the different age groups?
  • 3
    Is the quantity of toys and materials sufficient for the number of children in the classroom?
  • 4
    Are the toys and materials developmentally appropriate for the different age groups?
  • 5
    Is the classroom arranged in a way that toys and materials are accessible to children?
  • 6
    Are the furnishings in the classrooms child sized?
  • 7
    Are there obvious hazards accessible to the children such as:
  • 8
    dangerous substances
  • 9
    electrical cords and/or uncovered electrical outlets
  • 10
    cleaning materials or medications
  • 11
    Are fire extinguishers on site?
  • 12
    Are fire escape plans/emergency evacuation plans posted?
  • 13
    Are the sinks and bathroom stocked with appropriate supplies?
  • What Will My Child Do During The Day?

  • 14
    Are there planned activities that help my child learn (quiet and active, indoor and outdoor)?
  • 15
    Will my child have time every day to run, catch, climb and throw?
  • 16
    Do children have time to play on their own and can they get to toys and activities?
  • 17
    Is TV and computer time limited?
  • 18
    Is the space comfortable, organized, child‑friendly and safe?
  • 19
    Is rest time based on the needs of each child (infants sleep on their own schedule, quiet activities for children who don’t nap)?
  • 20
    Are there plenty of books for children?
  • 21
    Are books available to children in their own languages and for different ages?
  • 22
    Is there circle time, storytelling or reading?
  • 23
    Are families’ cultures respected in activities and celebrations?
  • How Are Parents Included?

  • 24
    Is the schedule of daily activities posted and current?
  • 25
    How will I hear about my child’s day?
  • 26
    Am I encouraged to spend time as a guest for lunch or as a volunteer?
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