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If the thought of leaving your child with someone else all day, every work day, makes you want to never leave them at all, you’re not alone. It’s a big decision, and with more families having both parents working, it’s imperative that they choose the right daycare for their child.

Here are few things to keep in mind before choosing a daycare

  1. Continuous care: Most child care centers offer care from the early months of infancy through toddlerhood, and sometimes even beyond. You also need to look into the facilitator’s education, to ensure they can handle children of all ages. You can also see their program geared to focus on your child’s development and growth.
  2. If you’re planning to go back to work and need someone to watch after your child while you’re away, daycare tends to be less expensive than hiring a nanny.
  3. Do your research. Get recommendations from other parents (at work and among friends). You can also check online resources for childcare services and what parents are saying about it.
  4. Interview centers. Screen centers over the phone (see questions below). If the center’s hours are inconvenient or the staff isn’t forthcoming, scratch it off the list.
  5. Check the center out in person. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, visit in person and see if it checks off all the basics.
  6. Check references. Take the time to call former and current clients to find out how happy they and their kids are with their experience.
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