07 June 2010

Safe day-care for kids

Many parents, single parents included, face the dilemma of finding proper day-care for their children.

A 3 year old child wanders off from a supposedly-secure care facility, only to be found a few hours later at a take-away restaurant down the street. This could happen to your child if you are not extra fussy in choosing a day-care facility.

Here's a checklist on choosing the right day-care centre for your precious cargo:

  • Beans
  • Brown bread
  • Cereal products
  • Cheese
  • Cooking oil
  • Eggs
  • Fresh fruit
  • Jam
  • Margarine
  • Meat, fish and chicken
  • Milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Potatoes
  • Sugar
  • Tea
  • Vegetables

  • What does the daily programme look like?
  • Is the person looking after the children a trained caregiver?
  • Who will stand in for this person if she gets ill?
  • Are there other adults on the premises during the day who are not involved with the running of the day-care centre?
  • How many children are catered for at the day-care centre?
  • Who decides on the menus and their nutritional value?
  • Does the caregiver have any first aid training?
  • What will this person do if there is a crisis of any sort?
  • Are parents welcome to drop in any time?
  • What would the caregiver do if your one-year-old drew on the wall?
  • What is the policy with regards to illness?
  • Are the other children vaccinated against diseases such as polio and smallpox?
  • What stimulating educational activities are there for the children?
  • Are the fees payable per month or per term?
  • What is the ‘notice period’?
  • What are the opening and closing times?
  • How much will parents have to pay extra if they are late in fetching their children?
  • How safe is the outdoor playing area and what sort of ongoing supervision is there when children are playing outside?
  • Are any active steps taken to ensure that no bullying takes place?
  • What happens when it rains?
  • What sort of security is there on the perimeter of the property?
  • What is the procedure if someone else needs to drop off or collect the child?Remember that you are the client, you are paying for the service and your child deserves proper care and attention when you are not around.


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