It can be daunting to compare possible options when it comes to childcare. We think it helps to have a set of common questions to ask. BC’s Options Community Services Society may be a great resource. Here is an excerpt from their page “Choosing Child Care”.
Questions to Ask Potential Child Care Providers
- Are you licensed?
- If you are licensed, has your program ever been under investigation by the local health authority? Is your program currently being investigated?
- If you are not licensed, are you registered with the local Child Care Resource and Referral Program?
- How many children do you care for?
- What ages are the children in your care?
- What are your hours of operation? What days are you closed?
- What are your fees?
- What child care experience and training do you have?
- Do you update your training and attend workshops regularly?
- What do you do with the children over a typical day/week?
- Does your program have any special features?
- What are your arrangements for when you are ill or on holiday, or in case of emergency?
- Do you encourage parent involvement? Can I visit whenever I wish?
- Who supplies diapers, blankets, meals, or snacks?
- Do you accept children who require extra support? Why/Why not?
- Can you give me at least two references, preferably of parents who have used your child care setting?