Choosing the "Right Fit" Child Care

Updated: Apr 5

Looking for the right fit child care to nurture, develop and educate your children is not easy decision. This post provides assistance in your decision-making.

Whether you're returning to the office or looking for an extra pair of hands to help around the house, child care can help give you a break. But you may be overwhelmed by the variety of choices, from nannies, certified at home daycares or educational care centers. Here are 5 tips to help in your decision-making.


  1. Tour the environment - When you're visiting a potential center or at home daycare, observe staff interactions with the children. Ideally, a the care giver or educator should be positively interacting with the children.

  2. Know your staffing ratios - Each age groups has a caregiver or educator to child ratio. Not only ask the Director, but the staff too. A staff member not knowing the ration for the age group they are caring for, is not a good sign.

  3. Experience Matters - The child care profession tends to have a high turnover, especially in centers or locations that are poorly managed. If you're looking at an in-home caregiver, ask make a one-year commitment to the job. If you're considering a child care center, find out the tenure and experience caregivers have.

  4. Philosophies, policies and procedures - Ask about philosophies, policies and procedures. The more questions you ask early on, the less likely you become unpleasantly dissatisfied later. Here are a few sample questions to consider.

  • Do the caregivers use time-outs, scolding's?

  • Is the TV on all day or used sparingly, if at all?

  • What snacks or drinks are provided?

  • When are naps offered?

  • How are fussy babies put to sleep?

  • What is your sick-child policy?

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