Here is some helpful information to help you in making the right decision for your child:
- Visit the facility
- Ask a lot of questions. Here are some we feel are important:
- What hours are you open?
- What holidays are you closed?
- When is lunch and how is that served?
- How many children are in the class?
- How many teachers are in the class?
- Could you tell me about the daily schedule?
- Is there outside play time?
- Do you have a teaching program? Could you tell me about it and show me the current lesson plans?
- What type of discipline do you use?
- Do you potty train?
- If you have an infant there will be many more questions you will want to ask, such as: does each baby have their own bed? how long do they stay in their beds? what do they do if they
are awake? do they have outside play time? do you send home a daily report so I will know how my child's day was?
- For all children you will want to know what the sick policy is.
- What is your policy on releasing children to people you don't know?
- When is payment due?
- What is your policy when children miss a whole week, do we still have to pay?
- Are there any vacation days?
- And of course, what is the cost?
Cost should never determine where you leave your most prized possession, but remember, just because a place is expensive doesn't necessarily mean it is the best. You should evaluate the
information you have been told by what you see. Also if you make an appointment for the initial visit, you should also do a pop-in. For example if you want to see the teaching program you
should pop-in during the teaching time to see what is going on. Look at the lesson plans and see if they are following what is on them. If playtime is most important to you then pop-in during
that time. This is the best way to see them in action!