How to Select a Day Care

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When you’re preparing for the birth of your newborn, there are plenty of things on your to-do list, like preparing the nursery or picking the perfect doctor. What’s another thing to pencil in? You should be choosing a day care. Here’s how to select the best child care for you new baby:

Start early

The best way to ensure that you’re getting the best day care for your little one is to start early. Giving yourself the time to sift through all of your options will help you make sure you aren’t settling. You’ll be able to do the research necessary to see what exactly is out there and what’s the best place for you and your baby.

Ask the right questions

Finding the perfect day care means taking the extra steps. As a parent, you have to make sure you’re asking the right questions. The answers to these questions are vital indications of what kind of establishment it is. Here are some key questions to ask:


  • What is the caregiver-to-child ratio?
  • What does a normal day look like for the children?
  • What are the caregiver’s individual qualifications?
  • What is the day care’s accreditation?
  • How many children are in each group?
  • How flexible are you on time?

Be sure to extend your questions to other members of the day care, too. Get in touch with parents who send their children there. It will give you more firsthand answers from people with actual experience.

Plan a visit

Once you’ve narrowed down your search, the next step is to plan a visit for you and your partner. This will allow you to get an inside look at what the day care is like. Pictures from websites can be deceiving, but visiting the facility yourself will shed more light on whether it’s a good fit. Visiting can help you choose the best day care for your baby and family.