How to select childcare

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?

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