Daycare Services

Family Child Care Provider's Association

                                                                                                                           Family Child Care Provider's Association

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Checklist for Parents

Family Child Care Provider’s Association-Manchester Area

CHILD CARE CHECKLIST

A guideline for parents and providers

The Family Child Care Provider’s Association-Manchester Area has gathered this information for parents to consider when choosing family child care and for providers to use as a guide during the interviewing process.  If you’re in need of childcare, please contact the referral coordinator for the FCCPA at 860-218-8184 or contact Infoline at 211.

 STATE REQUIREMENTS

Is the family child care home licensed with the state?  The certificate should be clearly posted.  Although being licensed is not a guarantee of quality, it’s an indication that basic health and safety standards have been met through a background check, health clearance and site inspection.

 Does the provider observe legal limits on capacity?  This being no more than 6 preschoolers, only two under the age 2 and 3 additional school age children before and after school.

 BASIC INFORMATION

Suitable hours

Tuition rates

Contract offered

Travel

Group size and age groupings acceptable

Illness/medication policy clearly explained

Paid holidays/personal/vacation days clearly outlined

Daycare insurance

Sick policy for children and provider

THE PROVIDER

Licensed and years of experience

First aid and CPR certified

Does the provider have any health issues?

Disciplinary methods/dealing with conflicts

How does the provider handle children who cry when parents leave?

Friendly and cooperative

Attentive to the children

Professional image

Training (conferences, support groups)

Membership affiliations to professional organization

Substitute available or back-up provider

Any other employees

Any regular visitors

How are emergencies handled/sickness handled

THE CHILD CARE HOME

Setting is bright and cheerful/children seem comfortable

Age appropriate toys/activities/ in good condition

Toys/play area cleaned regularly

The home is clean, safe and well organized

Space to play indoors and outdoors

Cubbies/baskets for child’s belongings

Resting pads/blankets/cribs/pillows provided

Where do children nap?

Children can access toys themselves

Smoke free

Pets-where are they kept/pet food stored out of reach/shots up-to-date

Air-conditioned/heated—space is comfortable

Hot water adapter for faucets or low setting

Carbon monoxide detector

Working smoke detector

Fire extinguisher

Lead free home

Which rooms do children have access to?

Where are diapers changed?

Where are cleaning supplies kept?

What are the house/daycare rules?

Are there any weapons in the home? 

If so, are they stored appropriately?

 DAILY SCHEDULE

Daily schedule provided and/or posted

Curriculum offered/not offered—what does curriculum consist of

Can children make own choices regarding activities?

Dramatic play

Story time

Meals/snacks provided or not

Food program member

Rest time

TV viewing policy/shows watched

Outside play—children kept together/no one left alone outdoors

Field trips (medical forms & first aid kits on hand/car seats available

Potty training-techniques used

Regular fire drills

Health practices-hand washing/teeth brushing

INFANT NEEDS

Own sleeping crib/sheets/blankets

How, where and in what are infants napped

Familiar with SIDS precautions

Clean changing table, follows sanitation regulations

Formula/food/diapers/wipes (normally provided by the parent)

Held for cuddle and feeding times

Where is infant placed when/if provider needs to leave the room?

 

 MEAL PROGRAM

Which meals and snacks are offered?

Menus posted or available

Food program

Examples of meals or snacks

Are the children required to eat everything on plate?

Who fills the meal plates and are seconds offered?

When should babies be off the bottle?

PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT

Interaction encouraged

Communication/open door policy

Holiday/special occasion celebrations

Newsletters or daily notes

Record keeping of payments

 

OVERALL IMPRESSION

Childcare comes highly recommended

References available

Warm and friendly atmosphere

I would feel comfortable leaving my child here

I would be happy here if I were a child

OTHER SOURCES FOR CHILD CARE

Infoline –simply dial 211 for child care

www.infoline.org

Your local provider’s association referral service

Friends, neighbors, co-workers

Check with your company-many offer childcare referral services

Your local town paper

Ask provider’s if they have a waiting list

http://www.care.com

CT Child Care Network via Facebook