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.