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One of the hardest things you may experience as a new mother is letting someone else take care of your baby. While this may be necessary due to work or other reasons, it doesn’t make it any easier. Choosing a daycare provider can be easier to deal with if you know a few things to look for.
The first thing to consider when choosing a daycare provider is to make sure that you find out their child to staff ratio. You want to be sure your child is getting the attention they need and that cannot be done if there aren’t enough staff members. Most states will require a ratio guideline that has to be adhered to and you can find out what that is by contacting the Child Services department in your state.
You will also want to find out how discipline is handled. You will most certainly have your own ideas of how this is to be taken care of so you’ll want to know that the daycare provider is on board with what you will and will not allow. Find out the daycare’s policy and what they consider proper punishment, if any.
Last but not least, be sure that you are aware of how things are handled when it comes to illness, medicine dispensing and emergencies. All of these issues should be addressed so that you know exactly what the protocol is for each situtation.
While choosing a daycare may not be what you want to have to do, finding a daycare that shares your own beliefs can be easier if you find out the answer to these questions.