Parents are willing to do and sacrifice just about anything to ensure the wellness of their children. They work hard to be able to secure their children’s future. But not all parents have the luxury of time to spend with their children. Some need to be elsewhere to make a living.
daycare centers. Women or stay-at-home moms usually run them. It is okay if you know the people who run the daycare, or if they are credible and don’t have unacceptable records on handling children.
Before leaving the safety of your bundle of joy to strangers or even with people you know, it is crucial to make sure that your child will indeed be safe. There have been some instances where the children are abused physically by their caregivers.
Things You Need to Do Before Leaving Your Child in a Daycare:
1. Get to Know the Caregiver
Make all necessary ways to get to know the caregiver better. Make a background investigation, or you can do it yourself by using the internet and looking up on social media. Browse through the profile and look for anything useful like her friends and their comments on her. Raquel Anderson, LMHC, “You should also look for a provider who is friendly; prompts communication by talking, singing, and asking questions; and encourages the kids in the group to laugh, play, and interact with each other.”
2. Interview the caregiver
Take time to have a chat with the caregiver. It is good to know her better personally. Give her the benefit of the doubt to be truthful in her answers.
3. Ask Around
Ask her neighbors or anyone nearby that could provide any beneficial information. Someone should know her.
4. Inspect the Place
It is essential that you get to have a look at the place before deciding to leave your child. According to Victoria Hernandez, LMHC, “Some things to look for is a small caregiver to child ratio, security measure as well as the ability of you to observe the class/caregiver/child without necessarily walking into the classroom.” Check if there are any dangerous stuff, or if there are stairs that could cause a fall and ask the caregiver to block them for safety purposes.
According to Dr. Kimberly Ortiz-Hartman, Psy.D., LMFT, “Safety red flags may include missing outlet plugs, gates around pools, child locks, safety gates, inadequate food storage, and outdated licenses or codeless entrances.”
5. Check if there are Dangerous Pets
Check for any pets around. Make sure they are all friendly and do not pose any harm. And if there are pets around, make sure that your child doesn’t have any allergies that are caused by them
6. Leave Instructions
If you have any instructions concerning your child, always talk to the caregiver and leave a note so that she won’t forget.
7. Never Leave Your Child When He is Sick
Do not, under any circumstances, leave your child when he is sick, especially if there are any medications that he needs to take. You should take care of your child when he is sick, and you should be the one to administer any medications.
As parents, we are the protector of our children. It is okay to be nosy about picking the right caregiver for your child. After all, going to work to make a living would not be worth it if our children are at risk.