The right day-care for your child or children is very important for you and for them, as you need a facility that is easily accessible and affordable, while your child will need one that is enjoyable and that encourages learning. Since you have so many options for day-care facilities no matter your location or the age of your child, note a few factors that you don't want to overlook when making your choice, so you know you end up with a facility that is the best for everyone.
As said, you want a childcare facility that is accessible, but consider what this means for you in particular. If you take your child to the facility on your way to the office, you might want one that is closer to home than to the office; if you forget something for your child, it's a much shorter trip back home to retrieve it. You might also be less stressed if you can drop your child off before dealing with rush hour traffic every morning. A facility closer to home also allows you a quick trip to drop off your child if you should ever get sick and not want to head into work but would still want your child to stay at day-care.
Rest and downtime
A good childcare facility will have lots of room for children to play freely, both indoors and out, and lots of toys or games to keep them occupied. However, a good facility also won't overstimulate a child so that he or she is overly tired when returning home, or actually feels stressed throughout the day. Note how the facility will handle rest and downtime, especially after lunch when children may need to relax and digest, or in the midafternoon, when children need a nap or some quiet time so they're not exhausted when you pick them up.
Consider how a day-care facility gives you feedback about your child's day or week. You'll want to know if there were issues with your child's behaviour that need to be addressed at home, how they're progressing with any learning activities, and if they seem comfortable and happy at the facility. A day-care facility might send home weekly notes, or a caregiver at the facility may interact personally with parents every day they pick up their child. Whatever the case, ask about this so you know you'll be informed of your child's comfort and behaviour while at the day-care facility.
For more information, contact a business such as Jenny's Kindergarten.