Gone are the days of being a stay-at-home parent. Most families need two incomes in order to survive. Single parents definitely need to work. Unless you are fortunate enough to have a wonderful, non-working grandparent to care for your little ones, you need daycare. Daycare concerns can be overwhelming and stressful. Daycare is costly. If you’re dishing out the money then you should be comfortable knowing your child is in good hands while you’re busy at work. Here are some things every parent should research before making the big decision of which daycare to use:

  • Qualifications
  • Safety Precautions
  • Sickness/Illness Policies/Procedures
  • Staff-to-Child Ratio
  • Curriculum/Parenting Style
  • Transportation
  • Visitation
  • Meals/Feedings
  • Cost
  • Hours/Days of Operation

Never be afraid to ask questions. Go online and do your research. Check the company’s feedback. It is a good idea to ask friends and co-workers who they use for daycare. Tour several centers or providers before making a decision. Decide what is important to you and your family and find the best provider to meet your particular needs. A happy child is a growing child.

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