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Even though sending the child to daycare because the parents have to go to work can be a difficult decision, it is something they cannot defer for a long time. Leaving the child in the care of a nanny is not only more expensive but also can make the parents more anxious about entrusting their precious one to a stranger. Picking a good daycare can ensure the child’s safety while giving the parents peace of mind. Some tips on what to look out for:
Choose a daycare facility located close to either your home or your workplace so that you do not have to go out of your way to drop him off or pick him up. If your workplace is far away, it is better to choose one close to your home as that will save you a long commute on the days you may not be going to your office. However, if you need to drop by occasionally to breastfeed, then choosing a facility close to your office is a better idea.
A High Teacher-Child Ratio
Since you will want your child to get the best of attention, you should ideally pick a childcare Albany that is not too large and has a high teacher to child ratio. Ideally, try for a center that has one teacher for every three kids of up to 16 months of age. For older children, this ratio can go up to even eight to fifteen per teacher. According to parents.com, the rules of many states require daycares to have at least one caregiver for every three or four kids.
Regardless of the daycare size, you need to ensure that the children are supervised by adults all the time they are present on the premises. The staff should be trained to handle young children, take prompt action to handle potty events, and ensure a clean and hygienic environment. The facility should have sufficient provision for creative activities as well as toys and books to keep the young one engaged as well as open spaces and recreational equipment.
Adequate Medical Facilities
Nobody would want a young child to hurt himself, however, occasionally in spite of the best of supervision, accidents can happen, or the child may also unexpectedly fall ill. It is essential for the facility to be properly equipped to handle medical emergencies. The staff should not only practice very strict standards of hygiene and sanitation but also be trained in the administration of first aid and have a backup plan ready to access the nearest ER.
As important as the physical aspects of daycare are, it is also very important for the staff to be not only dedicated to taking care of small children but also possess the necessary compassion that will help the kids to grow up in a positive environment. Gauging the dedication of the staff is not an easy task; however, interacting with them will give you an idea of their attitude and empathy, as well as professional expertise. Researching by going online or asking family, friends, colleagues, etc. is a good idea.
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