How do you know if the daycare is doing what they shouldn't be doing?
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Teresa - posted on 08/18/2011
Hi Sinaye, having worked many years in daycare I would suggest you find out as much information as you can before your child/baby starts daycare.
If you child is already in daycare there should be a 'keyworker' who is responsible for caring for your child, she should be keeping records and daily notes for you to look at at the end of each day, this will show you what your child has been doing through out the day, such as what activties they have played, if your child played with other children, how their development stages are doing ect:.
Also it would be good to check out the routine of the nursery. If they take the children out on fun days? where they go how they are being supervised and who is in charge.
Another tip is to make sure the toys and equipment are suitable for your child, what toys they are given to play with for example are they suitable for their age?
Are they cleaned regularly hygeine exc: what food is supplied at the nursery is healthy snacks such as fruit, and what drinks they have how often and how this monitrod.
Another tip is to make sure all the staff are fully qualified and have childcare experiance and background checks. There should be a organisation such as OFSTED or Social Services who will have checked the building and staff, you as the parent can check this on line by clicking on the name of the nursery or ask at the nursery to see there inspection results. By Law they are required to meet national standards for the curriculam and health checks.
Also talk to other parents get involved with any commtiee they may have.
Finaly there should be a opportunity for parent days and parents evenings, when you can talk on a one to one basis, with your childs key worker to make sure everything is going ok.
The Nursery should also have a nursery manger who should be highly qualified in childcare and education early years.
However if your child has not yet started nursery it may be better to visit as often as you can, stay around and observe the routine of the nursery ask lots of questions and air any concerns.
The most important thing is that you will know if your child is settling in well, and you feel you child is receiving all the attention and support you would expect from a well run Nursery.
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