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Parents Guide

We understand how difficult it is to leave your child and return to work. Choosing the right location for childcare can be overwhelming and it is easy to get lost in the internet abyss of information.

Establishing a routine is a key element contributing to a child’s sense of security. Moving your child after they have already adjusted to a daycare can be challenging and stressful for the whole family. Here are some things to consider when selecting the daycare that will bring you rock solid assurance that your child is in a safe, healthy, and happy place.

LOCATION

Think about where you live and where you work. Most parents feel more comfortable if they can quickly get to where ever their child is. Consider who will be dropping the child off at day- care, and who will be picking them up.

FAMILY HOME DAYCARE vs. TRADITIONAL PRE-SCHOOL

This is an important choice parents need to make. Maple Bear Academy is a large family child care home. This means that we exclusively care for a maximum of 14 children at any given time with a maximum of 4 infants (23 months old or younger). Traditional pre-schools tend to have much larger numbers of children, usually separated into different groups by age. The teacher/ child ratios vary. There is no right or wrong choice. It is merely about which style is more suited to you and what you feel is best for your child. Do your prefer the idea of a private group set- ting with the comforts of a home environment? Or would a larger group in a more traditional school environment be a better fit?

READ ALL OF THE INFORMATION THE DAYCARE YOU ARE CONSIDERING HAS TO OFFER

Is there a schedule for developmentally appropriate learning activities and stimulation, nutri- tion breaks, rest, and one on one attention? Do they have an open door policy for parents and a mechanism for obtaining detailed updates about your child’s day? Are they a breast-feed- ing friendly advocate? These are all important factors in finding the perfect daycare.

TAKE A TOUR

Meet the director, Susanna Meldrum. See where your child will eat, sleep, play, learn, and grow. Look in the kitchen where the food is prepared. Is it safely off limits to the children? Is the di- apering area/bathroom sanitary and organized? Is there enough indoor and outdoor space to safely accomodate the number of children enrolled? Is the environment conducive to fos- tering emotional, social, physical, and cognitive development? Tours are welcome, however, conducted after hours for security reasons.

DOES IT FIT INTO YOUR BUDGET

Every parent wants their child to receive the best care and there is a wide range of options available for parents. Daycare almost always adds financial strain on working parents. Review your expenses and determine what your budget is. Ask yourself how much can you realistically afford weekly for childcare. Having this clear in your mind before you enroll your infant in day- care will help you avoid preventable financial strain.

GO WITH GUT FEELING

You know what is best for your child. When you are in the right place, it will feel right. A wave of relief will wash over you.

 

 

 
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