Institutional childcare facilities have received some bad press over the years. In some cases deservedly so, but not all daycare centers should get a black mark. The ones that deserve their bad reputation are understaffed, over-enrolled and lack supervision. On the other hand, many of them are reputable and are there for Helping your child develop, learn and play.
If your child is going to end up with a gem of a daycare rather than with one of the rotten eggs, you just need to know what you're looking for.
Licensed by the State
You want nothing whatsoever to do with a facility that does not display their up-to-date state license. Childcare centers are required to get a license and maintain them for as long as they are in business. The licensing certification signifies that the facility has fire safety measures in place and that the staff has first aid and CPR training. This is of prime importance to you and your child.
The most important component of any childcare facility is the care they receive from the qualified, compassionate staff. Caregivers that are devoted to their work and have the time required to care properly for your child is the number one most important quality that you must look for in a daycare facility. Those facilities that can supply this kind of staff for your child are the ones you should choose and the ones that will be successful.
Areas for Open Play
Childcare must have areas for Open play, where kids are going to be spending a good portion of their day time. Areas for open play should be plentiful for all age groups.