Home Daycare Regulations: Signs of Good Home Daycare
Before choosing home daycare check for the things listed below; they will help you to choose better home daycare for your children.
The best daycare should have a friendly atmosphere, a nurturing environment, and a welcoming feel. The people at the daycare facility should provide all the information you require, about the number of children welcomed and the activities the children engage in and be able to provide references for the members of staff. Most important is the way you feel welcomed when you visit as first impressions really matter in this situation.
It is important that home daycare be flexible. They should let you pick up and drop off your child at different times. But they should also have clearly established regulations for emergency situations and also explain the reasons for rules about hours of care. This is how you can establish that the provider takes taking responsibility for babies seriously.
Consider the serious illness policy of the daycare, and the rules governing how long your child will need to be cared for at home if he or she falls ill. Good home daycare will want to cut down on the spread of illness by providing regular check ups and helping all the children to keep up to date with immunizations.
If the home daycare provider is not receptive to an open-door policy then there may be something which they are hiding from you. If you do not feel comfortable, then keep looking. The best carer will invite you to take part in activities and join in with the life of the children.
A Stimulating Program
The best day curriculum should include plenty of time for various activities such as physical exercise, group sessions, snacks, daily reading sessions, meals and free playtime. A well-thought-out curriculum helps to stimulate every child’s development, by helping them to indulge in more and more activities and to be creative. Also look for home daycare which provides regular outings which help the children to learn more and to gain knowledge of the outside world.
Children also need to play outdoors. This is good for them physically, mentally and also socially. You also want to find out about the provider’s guidelines at mealtimes as they should be serving nutritious food. Find out what they serve at snack time and for meals. Check that they are providing healthy and varied meals from all the food groups and encouraging good eating habits.
Qualified, Experienced and Committed Caregivers
The caregivers must have certification, at least 2 years of experience, and be committed to their work. They should enjoy doing their job by loving children and helping them to learn and explore. They should be enthusiastic, responsible and well-prepared.
A good provider has all these qualities along with concern for every child individually, about their health and care supplements. Make sure that the provider follows the National Association rules for home daycare while taking care of children. This kind of daycare is for small groups of children, encouraging more interaction and development.
Clean and Safe Facilities.
A good daycare center should have all the appropriate safety measures for children in place. It should be a clean and sanitary environment. Home daycare must provide adequate heating, ventilation and light. The caregivers should follow good hygiene procedures and wash their hands before feeding children and after changing diapers. In case of emergency there should be a clearly marked exit. They should meet all of your state’s licensing regulations.
For the safety of the children they should frequently inspect the play equipment and all toys and play materials must be safe for use by young children. All the upstairs windows must have bars or screens, all hazardous substances and medicines should be in an inaccessible place. Smoke detectors must be placed in every working area and heaters, radiators and electrical equipment must be protected with safety latches. Fire extinguishers and a first-aid kit must always be available, and all other childproofing techniques must be followed.
A Current License.
A license doesn’t guarantee the quality of home daycare but you should never opt for a daycare center which don’t have an up to date state credential. Inspect the license of the daycare provider and double check by contacting your local social services department. Providers must also follow state licensing regulations. There are not many daycare centers which are accredited directly from the National Association of Family Child Care. Opt for daycare which has accreditation from the National service, if you are lucky enough to find a place.
These are just some of the issues you need to think about before choosing home daycare for your children.