by Udita Saklani
Here are some extremely important tips to keep in mind while shortlisting a day care facility for your little one!
The very thought of leaving your little on under the supervision of a third person gives many parents a jittery feeling. This third person could either be a help employed at home, or the ones at a day care. Day-cares are becoming the necessity of the hour, as more mothers prefer to work after their maternity or sabbatical breaks and also because of the rise of nuclear families. While some kids start going to the day-care as young as nine months, when they are introduced to solids, others start off after two years of age. While some kids are looked by their grandparents at home, there is still a majority of families wherein the grandparents are either too old or in some other part of the city, as a result parents have to turn to day care centers. Choosing a right day care is particularly important because the kid is going to spend a major part of the day there, and this will also in the due course of time hone her skills in preparing for the formal school as well for the society. Presenting top 8 tips for choosing the right day-care for your little one.
1. Do your research:
This is the first and the most difficult step in deciding for the day-care. Do your research well in advance before you have to start sending your kid to the centre. This should be at least 4-5 months before; you actually have to start off. This is because there are a large number of centers available. Read about them online, visit them and also go through reviews both online as well as offline from community neighborhood.
2. Visit the center:
After you have done all the recce online, visit the centre. Talk to the teachers, have a look at the entire premises and the helps. Inquire how exactly does it function, because every day-care has different rules. Ask whatever questions are there in your mind. Do not shy from asking any sorts of questions, because it is for the kids well-being only.
3. Checking the environment:
When you are visiting the centre, you should also talk to the teachers and the helps involved. Are they providing food, if yes, then the kitchen is the most important place to check? Do they have sanitizers? Are all health precautions getting practiced? Are the rooms well lit? What are the various toys and activities to keep the kids engaged? Just by having a thorough check you can be assured that your child is going to just the right place.
4. Fees structure:
After you have zeroed on some of the day cares, check on their fees structure. What all does it include and what it doesn’t. Also find if there are any hidden charges, which might crop up, when the session has started. This often becomes a topic of heated discussion between the management and the parents later on.
5. Distance from home to day care:
Always check the distance before finally opting for the day care. This is a prime factor as you do not want to miss your office schedules before dropping your child to the day-care.
6. Keep a regular contact:
When you have selected the day care, and the kid has started going to it, you should keep in touch with the teachers and the helping staff. Ask them to share their numbers which will help in case an emergency occurs. Also, visit the centers every weekend for updates and to track the progress of how your child is coping with the new surroundings and the people. Ask what all meal plans do they follow, and what activities do they follow to keep the little ones engaged?
7. Drop by uninformed:
This is the most famous and top tip when you have chosen the day care. Plan random visit to the day-care. This time should be different than your regular pick and drop timings. This is particularly important to see how the staff is behaving or interacting with the kids.
8. Trust your instinct and opt for a change:
If you find anything amiss and do not like the staff or the teachers, immediately opt for a new day care. If you are turned off by the centre follow this practice immediately, even if the day care is reputed. This is because what worked for the other child might not as well work for you and your child.
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