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Checklist for Parents use During a Visit
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Basic Information

  • The hours of operation fit my needs.
  • I can afford the fees.
  • The program is licensed.
  • I understand and agree to the policies and procedures this provider follows.

Environment

  • The place is clean and well-maintained.
  • The setting is bright, cheerful and smells okay.
  • The facility is safe. (Areas are easy to supervise, hazardous cleaning materials are out of reach, electrical outlets are covered, furniture is sturdy, etc.)
  • There is a plan for emergencies and first aid kits are readily available.
  • There is enough space for a variety of activities (indoor/outdoor, nap, diapering, eating, etc.)
  • There is a place for children’s personal belongings.

Teaching Staff

  • Teaching staff has adequate training and experience with children.
  • There are enough teachers to give individual attention and cover when absences/illnesses occur.
  • Positive behavior management techniques are used. (Hint: Limits are consistent and gentle. Children are given choices.)
  • The teacher and children seems to like each other and be happy.
  • The teacher is warm, friendly and patient.
  • The teacher offers appropriate physical comfort in a loving and caring way. (For example holding young children, hugs, holding hands, etc.)
  • The teacher is actively involved with the children throughout the day.
  • The teacher understands what is developmentally appropriate for children of different ages.
  • The teacher responds quickly to children’s needs.

Program

  • There is a written daily schedule posted that shows a balanced daily routine. There are active/quiet times, indoor/outdoor times, with varied and age-appropriate activities.
  • There are times children work as a group and times when they can be alone.
  • The schedule can be adjusted as needed to accommodate the children’s needs and moods.
  • There are enough safe, appropriate toys and equipment within reach of the children.
  • Boys and girls are equally encouraged to participate in a variety of activities.
  • The number of teachers with each group of children allow for personal attention to be given to each child.

Parental Involvement

  • Parents can make unannounced visits at any time.
  • Parents can speak with the provider when they have questions or concerns.
  • There is a system of regular communication sent home to inform the parents about the child’s experiences during child care.
  • Parents meet with the provider on a regular basis to discuss progress and goals.

Infant/Toddler Considerations

  • There are quiet individualized places for children to sleep when needed.
  • Feeding and diapering routines are done in a loving, patient manner.
  • Diapers are frequently checked, changed and documented.
  • Diapering area is clean.
  • Babies have space and freedom to play, climb and crawl.
  • Teaching staff responds quickly and appropriately to crying.

School-Age Considerations

  • I am comfortable with the transportation arrangements to and from school.
  • There is quiet space and time allowed for homework.
  • There is freedom and flexibility after a structured school day.

Final Considerations

  • References from parents are available.
  • I would be happy here if I were a child.
  • I feel comfortable leaving my child here.

Additional Notes:

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