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Finding qualified, experienced and reliable childcare providers for your children can take a lot of patience and hard work, but more importantly, it requires that you, the parent, know which questions to ask and what to look for when visiting childcare facilities. Your child's well-being is too important to make a decision on which daycare provider to choose without the proper information. Here are a few tips to help you in your decision. Please do not hesitate to contact Pollywogs To Speckled Frogs Child Care and Preschool if you would like more information.

How can I tell if the childcare provider I am interested in is good or bad?

A good childcare provider should care about your child's development as much as his or her safety and comfort while in their care. There are important components to consider to establish the daycare provider's commitment to the children they look after:

  • Whether or not the provider has an age-appropriate teaching curriculum
  • Children to staff ratio
  • Frequency and quality of reports / communication with parents
  • Health, nutrition and safety

 

What questions should I ask when visiting a childcare center?

You should always visit childcare providers armed with a list of questions. Here are the most important things you should know:

  • Whether or not the childcare center's staff has first aid and child CPR certifications
  • What learning activities and games are on the schedule (i.e. what your child will be doing all day)
  • How the childcare providers handle matters of discipline and conflict resolution
  • Whether or not the childcare center welcomes unexpected visits and observation
  • How the childcare providers handle your child's special needs (allergies, fears, physical limitations etc.)

 

How can I make sure that the answers to my questions are true?

Unless you stay with your child at the center every day, there is no way to be absolutely sure that the childcare provider you have chosen does everything they say they will. There is however a few things you can do that will go a long way towards convincing you that they have answered your questions truthfully:

  • Ask for references, and check every one of them. A legitimate and qualified daycare provider will have references ready for you, and should willingly give you at least three different references.
  • Ask to observe daycare activities. Again, legitimate daycare centers will be more than happy to let you observe their daily routines, and will welcome your unexpected visits at any time of the day.

 

When you have made your choice and enrolled your child, it is important to monitor his or her reaction closely to ensure that he or she is both comfortable with the center and staff, and as a way to confirm that you have made the right choice. Ask your child questions about his or her day, and be aware of mood changes or a change in behavior.

Testimonials

From Parents

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Like all parents, my wife and I were apprehensive about placing our little one in daycare, but when my wife returned to university to complete her studies, this was our only option. Pollywogs To Speckled Frogs Child Care and Preschool and their caring, thoughtful, and experienced staff have provided the answer to all our worries and concerns: throughout this year we have watched our son grow from the loving, compassionate attention she receives at Pollywogs To Speckled Frogs Child Care and Preschool.

And what’s more, the values that we try to foster at home, honesty, kindness, gratitude, are all reinforced at Pollywogs To Speckled Frogs Child Care and Preschool. Their gentleness with the kids, as well as that of his caring and attentive staff, is reflected in the happy smiling faces I see every day when I pick my daughter up.

- D.S.
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