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Checklist

You may use this checklist as a guide when you visit prospective CHILD CARE PROVIDERS.

 
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First Things First!

 
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The location is accessible to my home/job.
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The hours fit my/our schedule -- even on rainy days when traffic is a nightmare.
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I/we can afford the fees, including registration, tuition, insurance, etc.
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Things To See

 
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Is the provider's license posted and available?
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Does the environment appear clean and safe for children?
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Is the interaction between child and caregiver one of mutual respect and enjoyable for all?
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Does the caregiver get down to the children's eye level when talking?
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Does the caregiver sit with the children, rather than at a desk away from the children?
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Is there sufficient equipment for all children to play with?
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Is there sufficient staff based on the number of children being cared for?
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Are children kept busy with fun and developmentally appropriate activities?
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Are there smoke alarms and are there emergency disaster plans posted?
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Do the children sound happy and involved?
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Is the sound level appropriate? Is it either too quiet or too chaotic?
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Does the caregiver listen closely to each child and use positive language when speaking with the children?
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Things To Ask

 
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If you do not see a license posted, ask if they have a license.
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What training and experience does the caregiver have? Are CPR and first aid included in the training?
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What are their medical emergency procedures with the children? How are prescribed medicines handled for the children?
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How does the caregiver deal with behavior?
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Will they provide you with a list of parents that you can contact for references?
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Are you welcome to drop in unannounced?
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On what dates is the site closed, i.e., for holidays?
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Does the caregiver offer alternative care times?
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Do children go on field trips? If so, who drives and what vehicles are used?
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The Parents' Role

 
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Parents are welcome to drop in whenever their children are in their care.
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Parents are encouraged to participate in activities.
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How It Feels

 
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This appears to be a place my/our child would enjoy.
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I/we would feel comfortable using this program.
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I/we have contacted Child care Licensing to learn if there are substantiated complaints.
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Approach With Caution If:

 
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Parents are limited to visiting hours and are not encouraged to drop in unannounced.
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Caregivers are unwilling or unable to tell you about your child's day.
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The caregivers do not act as if they enjoy their work.
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Health and safety concerns are not attended to; for example, hands are not washed after diapering and before meal times.
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License is expired or no license is posted.
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References from current parents are not available.
 
 
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