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Decide on Daycare's goal is to help parents with advice about how to find the best daycare for their children. We answer the child care questions that parents don't even know they have. For answers to all of your daycare questions turn to Decide on Daycare! #DecideOnDaycare

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Daycare Car Seat Safety

baby-in-carseatAs a responsible and caring parent, your child’s well-being is foremost on your mind. Car seats play a very important role in keeping your child safe in one of the most dangerous activities they will ever be a part of: riding in a car. Automobile injuries are the leading cause of death for American children (http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/factsheets/childpas.htm). A recent report, released by the American Academy of Pediatrics and based primarily off of a 2007 study by the University of Virginia, showed that children . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Daycare Car Seat Safety

Daycare Research Spreadsheet

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When I first tried to find daycare for my children, I realized how difficult it was to keep track of my findings about each of the daycare providers, and it wasn’t easy to compare the different providers.

I learned so much information as I interviewed them over the phone. There were many questions I asked the daycare providers as I interviewed them on the phone: Does that daycare have a preschool curriculum? Did that daycare have any pets? What was the childcare provider’s discipline style? Were there any smokers . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Daycare Research Spreadsheet

Interviewing the Nanny Candidate

daycare_flower_girlYou’ll need to do 2 or 3 interviews with candidates. The first will be a phone interview with basic information:

How many children you have and their ages What hours you need her to work Whether you need a live-in or live-out nanny The salary you’re offering If she will be the only one supervising the children or if another adult will be in the house What duties you expect her to do around the house What activities you expect her to do with the children If she needs . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Interviewing the Nanny Candidate

Finding Quality Daycare is Possible!

daycare_teetertotterOur daycare search was so extensive my husband built a spreadsheet for information regarding who had a spot for our child, how much they charged, their hours, and if they had preschool activities. After visiting or talking to someone, we filled out the “comments” section. This became full of comments such as “5 dogs-very noisy and smelly”; “lit candle within reach of children”; “seems nice, mentions Jesus A LOT”.

Before finding our very close to perfect provider, we had some interesting daycare interviews. . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Finding Quality Daycare is Possible!

Interview with a Daycare Center or Preschool

magic_tree_2_smallAfter getting some information from the initial contact with the daycare center or preschool (see What to Look for in a Daycare Center or Preschool), you’ll want to visit the location. Remember that a lot of what they do is probably heavily regulated by the State: how they clean, how often, and even what cleaning solution they must use. The caregiver-to-child ratio is also regulated. So when you visit, try to pay attention to . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Interview with a Daycare Center or Preschool

Interviewing with a Daycare Provider

girl_in_grassWhen you visit a potential daycare provider for your child, you don’t necessarily need a checklist. After all, you have already prepared your own home for your baby and you know how to spot the hazards in an environment. When you visit a friend’s house with your child, don’t you automatically move breakables and lit candles out of reach? If you are uncomfortable around someone, trust your parenting instincts. It may take some searching, but you will find someone suitable to take care of your child . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Interviewing with a Daycare Provider