What to Look for When Choosing Your Infant Childcare Provider

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There’s nothing more important than our children’s care and safety. It’s a decision that influences your child’s well-being and development and your peace of mind. That is why, for new working parents, finding the best quality infant care is of the utmost importance. These key factors will help you choose the best infant childcare provider for your family.

1. Licenses and Accreditations

First and foremost, ensure the childcare provider is licensed and accredited by relevant local or national bodies. This guarantees that the facility meets minimum safety, health and educational standards. 

Accreditation by organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) adds another layer of quality assurance.

2. Staff Qualifications and Ratios

The qualifications of the staff caring for your child are paramount. Look for providers where caregivers have early childhood education credentials and are trained in CPR and first aid

Additionally, check the staff-to-child ratio to ensure your child will receive ample attention. The ideal ratio for infants should be no more than four infants to one caregiver.

3. Cleanliness and Safety

Inspect the facility for cleanliness and safety measures. The environment should be clean, well-maintained and free of hazards. Check for safe sleep practices, secure play areas and whether the facility follows health policies regarding immunizations and sickness.

4. Stimulating and Age-Appropriate Environment

Is your child’s development prioritized in their care? It will be at a high-quality center! Look for a setting that offers a variety of age-appropriate toys and activities that stimulate sensory, motor, emotional and intellectual development. The space should be engaging and designed to cater to the needs of infants.

5. Compassionate Atmosphere and Caregivers

Observe the interactions between caregivers and children. Look for a warm, positive atmosphere where caregivers are responsive, nurturing and engaged with the infants. 

Unsure of the signs of a positive environment? Begin by looking for the signs of happy children. Infants should appear cheerful, comfortable and engaged in their environment.

6. References and Reviews

Finally, don’t underestimate the power of references and online reviews. Speak with other parents about their experiences, search for family testimonials on their website and look for reviews to gain insights into the provider’s reputation and quality of care. 

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For more than 40 years, Children’s Discovery Center has helped guide and expand the minds of Toledo’s youngest explorers. Our dedicated staff nurtures children into becoming life-long learners by providing an innovative environment that promotes self-led discovery. Contact us today to learn more about our Reggio Emilia approach to learning, register your child and tour our facilities.