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Essential Tips for Evaluating a Child Daycare Center
Posted Friday, Aug 2, 2013 by Allen B. Ury
Fortunately, most Everest campuses have one or more daycare facilities located within just a few minutes’ drive. These facilities range from private homes licensed to accommodate a half-dozen or so children daily (often referred to as “family care”) to larger nursery schools and franchised daycare centers with professional staffs.
But choosing daycare for your children should be based on more than just convenience. There are many factors to consider when deciding what facility is best for you and your young ones.
When inspecting a daycare facility, here are some important things to look for:
Size. Larger facilities usually offer more activity options, but also present more opportunities to spread germs and acquire infections.
Activity Areas. Regardless of the facility’s size, does it offer a variety of activity environments? Are there separate places for indoor play, outdoor play, group learning, eating and napping?
Staff-to-Child Ratio. As we all know, young children require constant supervision. On average, for how many children is each staff member responsible?
Staff Credentials. Is the staff professional? What are their credentials and licenses? Have they been trained in the art and science of childcare?
Supervised/Non-Supervised Activities. Does the center provide sufficient supervised activities, or are kids just set down in front of a television or released to run wild?
Cleanliness. How clean and well-maintained does the facility look? How often are floors, tables and bathroom facilities cleaned? Do staff members wash regularly, especially after diaper changes?
Discipline. How does the staff keep control of the children? How do they deal with fights or other conflicts?
Meals/Snacks. Are meals provided? If so, are menus published? Is the food nutritious and well-balanced?
Safety. Are outdoor play areas fenced in? If there’s a playground area, does the equipment look sturdy? Are playing areas free of debris? What are ground surfaces covered with — grass, dirt, rubber matting, or concrete? Are indoor smoke detectors visible and working? Are fire extinguishers placed in strategic and handy locations?
The Vibe. When you walk through the center, how do the children look? Are they happy, energetic, engaged and cooperative? Or are they depressed, belligerent and/or lethargic? Is it the kind of place you’d like to spend the day?
Find a daycare facility you’re confident about, and you can devote more attention to your education. Later, when you earn your diploma or degree, this investment and sacrifice can translate into more opportunities, more chances for advancement and a better lifestyle for you and your family.
Everest Offers Education for Young Adults
The Everest family of colleges, institutes and universities caters to the educational needs of young adults. Its nearly 100 campuses offer career-focused diploma and degree programs that can qualify you for entry-level positions in a number of rewarding careers fields, including accounting, business, computer information science, criminal justice, health care, homeland security and paralegal. (Programs and schedules vary by campus.)
Many of Everest’s programs can be completed in less than a year. In addition, Everest offers flexible schedules including night and weekend classes (at some campuses), plus personal and academic support from campus staff and student ambassadors. Everest’s Career Services professionals provide additional help to graduates when it comes to contacting local employers and preparing for job interviews.
Financial aid is available for those who qualify.