How to score the child-care situation and pick a winner.
by: Cameron Ashkar with
- Check In.Pay attention to how the front desk attendant treats you. It is a partial reflection to how they will treat your child. Make sure you introduce your child to the attendant and see how they interact. If the attendant introduces themselves to your child before you have a chance to, that it a plus. It means they recognize your child, and are more likely to develop a personal relationship with your child and its individual needs.
- Meet the Management. You can find out a lot about a Childcare Center by the type of people who run them. Ask for an introduction with a manager within the first few visits. Look for a positive response to your request. If they hesitate, or seem undesiring to meet, it is not a good sign. When you do meet look for signs of care, warmth, and knowledge about parenting philosophies.
- Trust Your Intuition.A parent’s intuition is an ancient survival gene in our DNA. Trust it. Look for a child care provide that feels right. Listen to what your child say about the childcare service (if they can talk), but more importantly, listen to what they don’t say. Pay attention to your child’s overall mood over a week of picking them up from your childcare.
- Check Social Media.A Marketing Land statistic said that 90 percent of respondents who recalled reading online reviews claimed that positive online reviews influenced buying decisions, while 86 percent said buying decisions were influenced by negative online reviews. When considering the Childcare center that is right for you, check social media to find out what other parents are saying.
- Check Up. Every few weeks check up with the management about what they notice about your child’s development and get feedback. This will do two things. First, it will encourage the Childcare Center to take more note of your child’s behaviors. Second, it gives you the chance to help you create a supportive link between in home and childcare center development for your child.