Choosing a daycare facility for your child is no simple task. There are several factors to consider when touring any daycare in order to figure out the best fit for you, your child, and your budget. Below are three important topics to discuss with a potential new daycare.
Daycare security should be the first topic to discuss, so you know your child is safe and well protected at all times. Discuss with a new daycare their extreme weather plans of action, their evacuation route, how they will contact you in the case of an emergency, and, most importantly, how they verify the identity of the adults coming into the facility to either drop off or pick up children.
A great daycare will boast a variety of fun activities, educational classes, and extracurricular activities to broaden your child’s mind and introduce them to new things. Many daycares also offer after school programs Tampa for elementary aged children, so you should ask the daycare facility what they offer to keep these children occupied and busy. Some of the extra classes are available for an additional sign-up fee.
You need to have a honest conversation with the daycare director about the facility’s many policies. Do you have the option to pack your child’s own food and save money? How many weeks of unpaid time are you permitted to use in the event of a family trip? How will the facility communicate with you during the day? How does the daycare handle discipline issues, especially in the formative toddler years? All of these questions (and more) are important to comb through so you understand the policies you will have to adhere to during your child’s time at the daycare.
The right daycare can be found if you ask all of the right questions. After all, there is nothing more important than the safety and happiness of your child.