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Are the infants fed on your schedule or do they try to force a schedule?
Are they sleeping in a shared crib (this is more if the infant isnt going full time)?
Where do the babies spend most of their time at the youngest age and as they get older? This is important because some daycares use rockers/bouncers/swings/jumpers a LOT. My sons daycare does not allow those items in the infant room...they are mostly held, worn in a carrier, rocked in arms in a rocking chair, tummy time mats etc. rather than containment
This is important because some daycares use rockers/bouncers/swings/jumpers a LOT. My sons daycare does not allow those items in the infant room...they are mostly held, worn in a carrier, rocked in arms in a rocking chair, tummy time mats etc. rather than containment
These are just off the top of my head
Yes! That's one i hadn't really thought of. Thanks!!
Always ask what their discipline policy is. Even though they are babies now some providers will actually tell you that they spank ( not the infants) and I am appalled. I thought that was against the law but I guess some of them don't care. I am not saying it is right or wrong for a parent to spank it is their choice and I do not want to open a can of worms here but totally wrong for a daycare provider to do.
I would also get a background check on them. You can get them without their ssn# as long as you have the address and first and last name. I would also background check anyone in the home (if that's the route you choose). I went through some awful experiences with my son Jaden I learned a lot. There are some awesome daycare providers out there and there are a lot of bad ones.
I would also ask for references or numbers of parents that used to have their kids there. You will get a more honest opinion..
The person i'm contacting today is an in home provider. In my neighborhood, highly recommended by some of my neighbors and also a coworker. And i know for a fact she only accepts one infant at a time.
Ok. Definitely background check, check out court records that are public for her name, ask to talk to previous parents etc. Ask about the age difference in kids since she only will take on infant she must have older kids too and I agree on her discipline methods...since your baby will be watching all the time
What is her vacation policies/personal time off (someone I know has a sitter who gets 5.5 weeks in total off per year and she pays for it!), what happens if she is sick, what if you want to take a vacation whats the policy for you and payment, can you change up your days if you arent going to have the baby there full time.
Great thread, some things I hadn't thought of before!
Something I learned about last night - there are two levels of background check. One is in-state only, and another will go through criminal records in all states, so it may be worth asking (especially at a daycare center) which version they do.