One of the hardest things that a mother has to do is learn how to trust someone else to take care of her child. This is the same child that you carried for nine months during pregnancy. This is the same child who you nurse, feed and take care of whether he is in good health or sick. Sure, you might be okay with letting your mother or mother-in-law take care of your son, while you are away. But, childcare is not the same thing as leaving your little baby boy in the care of his grandmothers. How are you going to find the best childcare for your son?
Start researching the daycares that are in your area. Find out everything that you can about them. It is important that you actually go to a few daycare facilities once you narrow down your list a bit. But in the very beginning, you can do most of the important work via the internet. Visit the websites of the State agencies that are responsible for providing inspection services, licensing and certifications for various daycares. See how your favorite picks are rated on these sites.
If the daycare facilities you are interested in are not certified or licensed by these respectable agencies, then cross them off of your list. Did you know that it is possible to find out information such as when each childcare facility received its last safety inspection and if it passed? You can also see the violations that were received. The bottom line is that you can do a lot of your research via the internet without ever leaving your home.
Once you have found a few daycares that you feel are up to your standards, now it is time to personally visit and inspect them for yourself. Although it is always better not to go to a business or residence unannounced, you can change the rules a bit in this case. Go inspect the place without calling. This way you will get a better feel for what is actually happening. Don’t give them a chance to tidy things up before you arrive.
This will give you a chance to check out some of the following things. Check to see if the center is clean. Make sure that there are not any potential safety hazards just waiting to happen. Ask about the staff and their education and background. A reputable daycare will run background checks on all employees, whether they are teachers are not. Ask about each teacher and whether or not she has taken the appropriate child care courses.
Although you might want a teacher who has a certificate 3 in childcare, not all daycares require this type of certification. In actuality, some of them are merely daytime babysitters. They do not really specialize in learning activities at all. Whereas other daycare facilities are true learning centers that have certification programs that will help your child to learn. Learning centers are normally a little bit more expensive, but only you can determine which one is right for your child.
In conclusion, you cannot take care of your son during the day because you must return to work. However, you have to find decent childcare that you trust. Make sure that the staff is professional and that the grounds are safe and clean. It is going to be hard, but you must do the research so that you find a wonderful place that will look out for your son during your absence.