I have a list started but I feel like I'm forgetting questions---- for the new daycare what are some questions to ask them?
is it a center or a home?
Mostly Centers, a couple are homes that I'm looking into as well. Of course I have down: Cost, how many children/workers, how long has the staff been there, when is nap time, are they supervised for naptime & eating, What is the disipline routine, and I think a few more.
Here's a really good list: http://earlychildhoodcolorado.org/inc/uploads/20_questions%20to%20ask%20child%20care%20providers.pdf
Pick and choose what's most important to you if you don't want to ask quite that many questions, but I think they're all good things to have in mind! A huge part of picking a daycare, though, is just vibe. Do the teachers seem happy and engaged with the kids? Is the person you're interviewing offering a lot of information, or is getting your questions answered like pulling teeth? Is there a lot of evidence of fun projects around (like kid artwork on the walls, etc.)? Imagine you're a kid--would you want to spend your day there?
Good luck!! I know it's stressful to have to deal with this, but I hope you find something fabulous!
my home questions were these. I left out obvious ones
-Is there anyone else that would be looking after the children (mostly referring to the husband) what if you had appts, or needed to leave for any reason
-do you take vacations
-what are your policies on sickness
-are there any guns in the home
-asking about licenses and if anyone checks up on them
-how much tv do they watch
-what kind of meals do they get and would you have to provide any
I agree with Leigh though, you can get a pretty good vibe just from meeting with them.
The list Leigh provided pretty much covers the big stuff. I'd also ask about potty training ... how involved they are and what their expectations are. For instance, do they require you to send her in pullups until she is 100% accident free? With what frequency do they take her to the potty? Ask if they have after school care too for later.
I'd ask to meet the actual teachers/head teacher of the room she'll be in. I'd also check out the next room up. Our center has a baby room, toddler, preschool, prek, and school age (for after/before school care). We only checked out the baby and toddler rooms. I wish we'd asked more about preschool & prek. I'm happy with where we are, but had no idea how they handled PTing, discipline etc at the older ages since it's different for babies vs. prek.
Another thing to do is ask parents you see there how they like the place. Their answers as well as their demeanor might be very telling. I've had a few touring parents catch me in the parking lot and ask me for my opinion. I must have sold the place because they chose it!
Thank you ladies so much!!
My questions have already been listed. But definitely ask other parents if you see them in the parking lot. Pop in unannounced a few times to see what is going on. How are they handling things when they don't expect you there? It is a great idea to see the older (and younger if you decide on another) rooms. We looked all the way to the school age areas when looking for the daycare we have now. And yes, the vibe you feel when you go in. If you don't feel right, it's probably not the right place for you. There were a few we saw like that. From the time we stepped through the door, I knew I did not like some places. Good luck.
So I went last night and looked at the first place I've had interest in. Was there for an hour with the lady who runs/owns it. Of course I loved it, seemed awesome and DH is dragging his feet about it all.
It's $25 more a week for her to go there but it's also preschool from 8-12 vs where she is now that has nothing like that.
I just want this all to be over with. It's wearing me out already. DH goes back and forth with yes new place, oh no lets try to keep her where she's at, etc.
Why do the men have to dampen our plans??!! I'm glad you loved the place. Hopefully he will come around, and soon.
Come on DH and get on board! lol
Thats what I'm saying. And of course this lady has 1 opening and another couple coming tonight to meet with her.
Oh no!!! I wonder if she's saying that like they do in real estate, to put pressure on you to go with them? Did you get that vibe?
No I actually didn't. She said she wanted to be up front with me about that and she's told the other couple that someone is front of them. Out of courtesy I want to be able to give her an answer by the end of the week.
Got it. That was nice of her to let you know that and be up front. Can you take your DH to see it too? Maybe that will help him be on board.
I agree with this!