Tips for choosing child care providers


Choosing the right child care provider can be daunting for every parent. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the choices available so you’ll need to use some criteria to narrow down the options to find the solution that’s right for your budget and your child’s needs.

Here’s a handy checklist you can use to sort through all the options.

  • First off, you’ll need to ask yourself whether you’ll need full time or just part time care. Of course this will largely depend on your employment and how many relatives and friends you have in the immediate vicinity. You’ll need to look at the specific days of the week when you’ll need these services and whether your requirements will be constant or fluctuating.
  • Of course your child’s needs must be considered as well. Keep in mind older children need more stimulation that the younger set. These children are often developing play and leaning styles that should be continually stoked by the environment they’re placed in. This means interaction with other children is important in the child care facility you finally wind up choosing and you’ll want to be sure their fledgling curiosity is being nurtured.


There are other individual benchmarks to use and of the more personal involves taking into account your child’s temperament. Although that means you need to be aware of their individual likes and dislikes as well as their ability to get along with other children, there are some age markers you can use to make the right choices. For example, children under one have a bigger need to be nurtured and held and you should inquire about this kind of individual attention at the day care center you’re looking at. It’s important to consider that by the age of three or four, children are ready to respond to a structured environment where they will have some exposure to playmates.


After you’ve used these initial criteria to narrow down the choices, it’s time to start asking the kind of questions that will help you to make a final decision. Some of these include:

  • Are the day care workers fully trained in CPR and First Aid? Toddlers have a way of getting an array of scrapes and bruises that are easily remedied, but there’s always the chance that something more dangerous can happen and that’s why these courses are a must.
  • Find out the policies and procedures for dealing with a number of other issues like separation anxiety and the experiences available to enhance the child’s mental and physical development.


Finally, some of the best recommendations can come from the parents of the children in the day care facility. You can ask them further questions like whether children are monitored in the playground and about the policy on parental visits. Remember to listen to your inner voice too to see if you get a good feeling about the prospect of leaving your children alone under the facility’s supervision.


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Author: Rob Starr


Safety training for child care workers: Top Five Critical Areas.


It doesn’t matter how well prepared you think you might be as a child care worker, toddlers and other small children have ways of exploring the world without the foresight of knowing what’s dangerous to them. That’s why it’s important to be on the lookout for both the hazards we all face when it comes to safety and especially those that are the domain of that most precious cargo of all—the children left in our charge.

First and foremost is the need to recognize a few essential ways child care workers should react to children in crisis situations.

Keeping in mind they don’t have the stamina adults do means being able to see quickly when a child has stopped breathing and understanding what needs to be done in any and all crisis situations.


#1 CPR

This is number one on our list of the top five critical areas for safety training for child care workers. Recently, scientific research has further improved the chances of survival by modifying the technique so the emphasis is now on chest compressions first, then checking the airway and lastly providing breaths. Chest compressions restore blood flow to the heart and that’s considered of paramount importance.


#2 Choking Training  

The journal Pediatrics recently reported 34 children are admitted to emergency rooms everyday because they’ve choked on food and that statistic is enough to place choking training in the number two position on our list. Knowing the ages that are most susceptible is a proactive move that will make a difference and children up to the age of four are most at risk with candy and gum being the usual suspects.


#3 Toddler Triage

 Most little cuts and scrapes are just that but everyone who works in the child care environment needs to know the difference between those minor sores and the ones requiring serious attention. Being aware that bandaging and cleaning a scraped knee requires different techniques than a puncture wound and knowing how to treat each one is a valuable asset. On a bigger scale, knowing the difference between a bug bite and a more severe allergic reaction is essential.


#4 Evacuation

 It’s especially important to know when and how to leave a dangerous space under any circumstances but even more so when a day care facility is involved.

Not only should every child care worker be familiar with protocol involving evacuation procedures, but what processes to follow when everyone is outside the building as well.


#5 Identifying Risks 

The world is more complex today for parents and the professionals who work in child care. More emphasis is placed on issues like the different types of food offered and the allergies that can be triggered by each product. The amount of sun exposure children get is another important factor that needs to be considered along with a host of other proactive measures.

Keeping your children safe in day care is the domain of the professional child care worker. These are experts dedicated to the highest level of continuous training to watch over their charges.

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Author: Rob Starr