You should plan on visiting each child care facility you are considering for half an hour or more.

When you visit, keep a critical eye on some of the major issues below, and request a one-on-one chat with at least one of the child care professionals who work there.

Programs

  • Is the facility’s first priority to provide developmentally appropriate programs and activities which help children learn and grow?
  • Does the facility offer wholesome, nutritious food?
  • Is the staff familiar with procedures to be used in emergencies?
  • Are they trained in first aid and Child CPR?
  • Is the facility safe for children?

Outdoor Facilities

Are there outdoor facilities and do the children use them regularly?

Layout

Are the areas used for the children large enough and well organized?

Ratios

Are these ratios or better maintained all day, even at naptime?:
Infants 4:1 – Toddlers: 5:1 – Preschool: 6 or 7:1 – School-aged: 10:1

Policies

Are operating policies available to you in writing?

Management & General Organization

  • Are the facility and its staff certified and licensed by the appropriate government agencies?

 

“They are very flexible with their hours. They have always been able to accommodate pretty much any requests that we’ve had in terms of just normal business hours or even going hour over here or there if we needed that.” – Reyna Booth