Finding The Right Daycare Provider For Your Child

by admin on April 12, 2011

I am unfortunately facing the dread of my maternity leave coming to an end.  I will be going back to work in a couple months…so its time to find childcare.  This is so hard!  How am I supposed to trust a stranger with my sweet son for 8 hours a day? he is still so little! 

I have often said 'I didn't want to have children to have a daycare raise them for me 5 days a week 8 hours a day", and here I am.  I do have a wonderful mom who he will spend a couple days a week with, whew!, someone who loves him as much as I do.  If all goes as planned I wont be working 5 days a week anyways…maybe I am being a little dramatic, but he is still so small!

We had an interview if you will, my son and I, with a candidate for a home daycare.  Here is what I learned to ask and look for in a daycare:

-How many kids do you watch?  how old are they?

-Do you have kids?  Is your husband home during the day?

-Do I pack a lunch and snacks? if not,what do you feed them?  Where do they eat?

-where are naps taken? Can I see?

-How big is your backyard?  Is it fenced?

-How long have you been in childcare?

-Where do the kids spend most of their time? Can I see this area?

-Do you have any friends or relatives come by for visits during the day?

What to look for in the house:

-Is it child proofed,  bookshelves, tables, any glass, table clothes, cords…

-How well she interacts with the other children, do they listen to her?, do they act scared of her? 

-How does she discipline, if any?

Don't be afraid to ask for references or check out a few different daycares.  Go with your gut. 

Finding a childcare provider that you trust and feel comfortable leaving your child with is not always easy.  Take the time to talk to candidates, learn about them and their lives, what their beliefs and morals are.  If any warning bells go off interview another daycare provider. 

As parents we have to be careful who we have in our childrens lives, who is going to have an impact on them.  Someone who will be a part of your childs life in this capacity, who they will be sharing a great portion of their day with must be well trusted. 

Good Luck parents and guardians.

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Larissa Parks April 12, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Marla – I feel for you.  The decision to find and then decide on who will take care of your child is a heartfelt decision that pains the heart.  It is one of the reasons why I chose to start my Virtual Assistant business.  Thanks for sharing your journey 🙂


Carol Giambri April 13, 2011 at 10:51 pm

Marla, I had my kids in daycare for a season too, but I never made a wrong choice in who I choose.  I always paid well and found that for me that worked out great.  My kids were never deprived but I did what I had to do back then.  Today, they are grown adults and a later bloomer here, but still on time.  I'm sure it will all work out and recommendations always help.  If you are involved in a church maybe find a provider through that connect.  Informative post. Thanks.


Elvie April 14, 2011 at 11:12 am

Oh Marla, I feel sad and know how you feel. I wouldn't want to do that either. I wish you didn't have to be looking for a daycare provider. Those are excellent questions to ask and especially to request to view where your child will be. Big hug. By the way, I have a friend who used to run a daycare and she is excellent. I will ask her if she is still taking in children.


admin April 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Thanx Elvie, I am warming up to the idea…because I need to :). I do have a lady lined up that I feel comfortable with, yah!


Donovan Grant April 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Hi Marla, I sense the tough and challenging times for you. We have two young mums who have just last week returned from maternity leave. When one of them told me how much they pay per month for day care I nearly fell off my chair. I hope you find the ideal person.


james samy April 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Marla, you have share a great tip for people who wants to know more about day-care. It is not easy to leave your lovely child with another person but as I know .. ask God for help and he will definitely show you and give you the best solution. Thank you for sharing and everything will be fine


Solvita April 16, 2011 at 10:50 am

Good luck Marla! It brings back memories about my son, I felt that the only perfect place for him would be me 🙂 it is difficult as you say it make a great influence on your child's future.


Thea April 16, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Ever thought about having someone come in your home and take care of your child? I've been a part-time childcare provider for over 20 families in the past few years, and a lot of parents prefer this option. Of course, it MAY or may not be mor pricey. You can put out an ad on craigslist, contact friends or people in the neighborhood who may have a great reference, or contact an agency. Either way, best wishes on your search 🙂


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