Use this checklist to begin your search for quality Family Child Care. Take the time to find the right home!
What is the size and ages of the group?
Does the schedule meet your needs?
Is the Child Care license current?
What are the fees (weekly/part-time…)?
Do the contracts and policies meet your needs?
What is the sick and vacation pay policy?
Is transportation provided?
Are there pets in the home?
Is the resmoking in the home?
Are nutritious meals and snacks provided?
Can you get references from enrolled or previously enrolled parents?
HEALTH & SAFETY
Are all the children’s areas clean and safe?
Are safety plugs in all unused electrical outlets?
Are pools fenced or a pool cover locked up, yet visible?
Are poisonous products in locked storage out of reach?
Are poisonous plants (indoors and out) out of the children’s reach?
Is the Provider prepared for emergencies?
Are fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in place and operable?
Is there an evacuation plan?
Is the Provider trained in First Aid and CPR?
Is the resufficient space and materials for the children?
Does the program and schedule meet the needs of your child?
Are there active and quiet periods?
Arc there indoor and outdoor times?
Does the Provider understand how children learn?
Does the Provider provide a variety of equipment and materials?
Are materials arranged so children can select on their own?
Do you feel this Provider will develop a warm, caring relationship with your child?
Is the Provider friendly and affectionate with the children?
Does the Provider listen to the children and treat them respectfully?
Is the Provider easy to talk to?
Does the Provider use positive discipline with clearly stated rules that reflect your values?
Does the Provider pursue professional training and accreditation?
Remember, it pays to pay for quality Child Care
Once the child is in a Family Child Care home, it is very important to maintain an open communication between the parents and the Provider to share positive observations and discuss concerns.