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    What are the top 3 requirements/considerations when you are searching for a daycare?

    If you do not have children in daycare, or do not ever intend to have children in daycare, please participate by saying what you would look for if you did.
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    Ratio, staff turnover, and curriculum
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    I would look into:

    past history of complaints/any police records.

    Qualifications/training/liscensure (yep, spelled that wrong)

    set up of the facility/how the kids there seem to like it. (a long tour)

    I would also re-evaluate after a week to make sure DS was happy, and every couple of weeks after that.

    I don't have to put DS in daycare though, so I consider myself to be lucky.
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    Ratio, Safety, and quality of the employees.
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    Live action web-cams (I may not watch it ever, but knowing that they are confident enough that they allow that to happen is nice)

    Someone with at least ten years experience who has never had any sort of mishap, ever.

    Separate rooms and workers for each age group (infants, toddlers, small children).

    But that last point is also tied with having 1 staff for every 5 children.

    I'm very, very picky. I'm almost certain I'm going to get a nanny if I can't take the time off to be with my children. I'll pay the extra money to make sure my children live and aren't damaged my negligence.
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    Environment- Bright, windows, toys (organization, level/appropriateness, condition), lay out- nothing to overwhelming- either crowded or too small
    Attitude- Does staff seem sincerely happy to be there? Are children engaged? How do the children act? Do they seem content?
    Credentials- Does staff have CPR/First aide? At least 1 year experience if they're assigned to a room? Is the center certified? I personally would only use a NAEYC center.

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    I really can't say what my top 3 would be because there's so much I look at right away when I walk into a center. I guess some of my top ones are safety (they must have a code you enter to get in, sign in & out, someone must watch you take the child out, etc), ratio of staff to child, cleanliness, daily schedule, potty procedure (both of my kids are potty trained but need an accessible restroom and help wiping), reputation (I look up reviews, ask around), and I know there's more but I can't think of them right now. I really can't pick a top 3 because they're all so important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CCArmyWife View Post
    I would look into:

    past history of complaints/any police records.

    Qualifications/training/liscensure (yep, spelled that wrong)

    set up of the facility/how the kids there seem to like it. (a long tour)

    I would also re-evaluate after a week to make sure DS was happy, and every couple of weeks after that.

    I don't have to put DS in daycare though, so I consider myself to be lucky.
    Exactly.

    I, also, drop in unexpectedly when possible.
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    Cleanliness. I had a job interview at a local daycare that would let me bring Nora and Katie to work with me for free. I walked into the place, took one look around, and walked out. It was gross, didn't want my kids there, didn't want to be there myself. (then I went home and emailed the state licensing board.)


    Staff. Some people make you instantly at ease. Some people skeeve you out. I'd never leave my kids with a skeever.

    Schedule/curriculum. Is there a set(ish) schedule. Do they do ABC'S and 123's or just run around like madmen all day?
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    I have only used a day care once(and I will again tomorrow)... I just use the CDC.... I didn't "look" into it at all. Maybe I should of, but I didn't/dont have any requirements... I just use the base daycare.
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