4 Tips For Picking the Right Daycare for Baby

by Elizabeth Peters January 23, 2017

4 Tips For Picking the Right Daycare for Baby

Finding the right daycare services for baby is one of the most daunting tasks faced by working parents. It is important to find the right caregivers and situation for you and your family. Here are some simple tips that will help you pick the right daycare facility for your baby.

Determine What Your Necessities Are

Many working moms prefer a daycare facility near their workplace because that gives them the confidence that should there be a need, they would be able to arrive at the daycare center in the shortest time.

In addition to location, many parents have a list of must haves when selecting a daycare center. You may want your baby to be with a good number of other children so that it doesn’t feel left out. Or you may like the other way round, where there will be only a few babies per caregiver, so that your baby gets more attention while he is there at the daycare center.

Consider making a list of qualities you find non-negotiable in a daycare facility to use as you begin your search.

Scope Out The Possibilities

Once you have made your list of expectations and requirements it is time to begin a search for daycare centers that may fit the bill. You can do that in various ways. You may want to check with your friends and colleagues at work and ask for recommendations. You can also scour the internet and find out the names of daycare centers in your desired locality. You can even use the yellow pages to find out names of the daycare service providers in your neighborhood.

Research and Make a Shortlist

Now that you have a list of possible facilities, it is time to shortlist the ones which are the best and suits your requirements. Spend some time researching each facility online and cross any that do not meet all of your requirements. Be sure to check online reviews of the centers to get real world feedback from former and current customers. Once you have researched each facility, you will have your shortlist of potential daycares.

Pay a Visit to All The Daycares on Your Shortlist

This is the last and most important phase of choosing the best daycare for your baby. It is critical to pay a personal visit to each of the shortlisted facilities and check out the facility and staff in person. As you tour the facility, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is the caregiver number sufficient to pay dedicated attention to all kids in the facility?
  • Do the caregivers look happy doing their job?
  • Is the environment of the daycare center safe and clean?
  • Do the children look happy and well taken care of?

It is important to sit down for a one on one interview with the director of the center to have a chance to ask any questions that you may have. Some sample questions to ask include:

  • What is the qualification of the caregivers?
  • Is the daycare facility accredited by any of the national organizations?
  • What kind of food will be provided to the babies at the daycare center?
  • Will the kids get a chance to play outdoors?
  • While playing outdoors, what will be the level of supervision to ensure that no baby gets hurt while playing?
  • Are there enough recreational toys to cater to the entire population of the daycare center?
  • What is the daycare’s sick child policy?

Once you get satisfactory answers to these questions, you will be able to make an informed decision on which daycare center is the best for your baby. Do not forget to take the baby along with you while you pay the visits. It is very important that the little one sees the place where he would be spending a good amount of time while his mom and dad are away at work.

Elizabeth Peters
Elizabeth Peters


Elizabeth Peters is a mother of two and freelance writer who specializes in the parenting/family niche. When she is not writing for clients she can be found blogging about parenting on her own blog at TheMommyVortex.com. She currently resides in Alabama with her husband and two young children. Connect with her on Twitter: @themommyvortex

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