Finding a Good Day Care

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Who will take care of your child during the hours when you are away? Sooner or later you are sure to face this question. Whether you need someone to care for him a few hours a week or ten hours a day, you will want to feel confident about the person who does it. But finding the right person at care for your baby can be a big test. I will provide suggestions to make your search easier and more understanding.

The most difficult and crucial part of finding good care in judging the personality and abilities of the caregiver. If he/she is not a member of your family, chances are you will meet this person only a few times before trusting him/her with your child. Even so, you will want to feel as confident about the caregiver as if he/she were a member of your family. While its impractical to be 100 percent sure about anyone under these conditions, you can tell a great deal about caregivers by watching them at work for a day or two and thoroughly checking references.

Never trust your child with anyone until you?ve taken time to watch him/her with your child and other children, and you feel assured in his/her abilities and enthusiasm.

Most children thrive when they are cared for by supportive adults who are kindly affectionate and help them work out solutions while protecting them from making choices that could lead to serious harm. The following list describes what you should look for when you are watching someone who might take care of your child. These guidelines apply not only to child-care workers but also babysitters and teachers during the preschool and early primary school years. They are also good to keep in mind as you play with your child yourself...