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Finding The Perfect Daycare Before Baby Comes: What To Look For

If you are pregnant and you are wondering about childcare, start exploring your options before the baby arrives. There will be a lot of things that you'll want to look into before you choose a place for your infant to be cared for while you work, and you will want to be choosy. Here are a few of the things you'll want to consider before committing your baby to a certain place and some questions you'll want to ask.

Test the Drive

You will want to know exactly how long it's going to take you to get from your house to the daycare during rush hour traffic and how long it's going to take to get from the daycare to work. Don't just make a guess; instead, time it at the times of the day when you will be making the drive. This helps you determine what options are the most practical so you can pick the infant up on time and aren't spending most of your day in traffic or in the car instead of with you child.

Verify State Licensing

Take the time to verify that the daycare is licensed properly for the number of kids and the ages of the kids that will be there. Also make sure that all the workers on staff have their CPR and First Aid certification, so you know there is always someone there or on staff that can care for your child if they have an emergency. The state will tell you the licensing status, and they can give you the information from the last time they did an inspection.

Check for Health Code Violations

Look through local news archives or call the health department to see if the childcare facility has had any recent health code violations throughout the property and to find out what they are. You want to know if their bathroom facilities didn't meet standards, if they had any electrical concerns, or what other problems were neglected and have to be addressed.

If you have to find the safest and most convenient place for your child after they come into the world, don't wait until you are crunched for time. You want to choose a location that you feel comfortable with, that you know is safe for them to be at during the day, and that will be easy for you to get to and from when it's needed.

For more information, contact a local center like Cottonwood Montessori