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Finding the right daycare for your infant can be an extremely difficult task. You don’t want to choose just any convenient daycare for infants as your child is an important part of your life. There are a variety of things that you’d need to look out for to ensure your infants’ safety and your own peace of mind.
Things To Note When Looking At Prospective Day Care Centers
How do the staff interact with the infants? Are they playing with the children or holding them or are they standing off in a corner? The caregiver at the daycare needs to be interacting with the children as infants thrive on interaction with adults. Find out if the infants also get one on one time with the caregiver as this is extremely important for infants and their development.
The Number of Caregivers
Ideally, there should be one adult caregiver for every 4 infants. If there are less than 3 infants per caregiver, you may be in the right place. If there are more than 4 infants per caregiver, it is advisable to look for an alternate daycare center.
Depending on the daycare center, this may or may not be acceptable. However, unexpectedly dropping in to visit the center will give you a glimpse on how the center is run when parents aren’t expected to arrive. If unexpected drop ins are accepted by the preschool take a look and see how the caregiver is treating and monitoring the children, how clean and childproofed the environment is. Do this before enrolling your infant and even a few times after to be on the safe side. This can either help cement your decision in your choice of daycare or show you that you need to get your child out of that environment immediately.
If you feel you can’t comfortably interact with the person that’s going to be taking care of your child, you need to find a different daycare center. Always have a quick chat with your child’s caregiver. You will need to rely on the caregiver to tell you about your child’s day and they will need to rely on you for simple information such as how your child slept the night before or if your child has started teething. This information helps them look after your child and helps you understand what went on during the day while your infant was in their care.
Most importantly, do your own research on the daycare center you want to send your infant to. Word of mouth and references are a fantastic starting point, but it’s always better to do your own research. Find out if the center has the necessary state accreditation. Find out what your child will learn at the infant daycare center. Don’t take unnecessary risks with your child’s safety, find the place that’s best suited to your needs and your budget.
The Benefits of Infant Daycare
It may not seem like a great idea, especially for a first-time mother, but there are advantages to enrolling your infant in a good daycare center.
The great thing is that some centers do not only cater to infants, there are those that will offer care up until preschool. This means your child will be in the same safe environment that he or she started in.
If your infant day care has programs that cater for children up until preschool, your child will be able to grow with his or her classmates. This helps build their social skills as well as deepen their bonds of friendship.
Caregivers at an infant daycare center must be fully licensed and trained. Caregivers should have first aid training and the relevant educational experience and training to handle infant education and care.
For more information on the daycare programs that we have on offer at the Stone Brooke Academy, contact us at (763) 710-4478.