If you’re returning back to work and considering putting your baby in infant care, it can be a challenge to find daycare. How do you find care, and how do you know if it’s the right fit? Use these tips to help you with this process and know you’re leaving your child in capable hands.
Where to Find Infant Care
If you’re looking for child or infant care centers, there are a few resources to help you find centers. First, you can simply use Google and search for “daycare centers near me” or “child care in [City].” However, this isn’t necessarily the most accurate. A better option is to use a directory like ChildCare.gov or Parent Aware to find child care programs. Both websites allow you to search by location. However, both of these directories focus on group daycare and not home daycare, so finding a smaller, home-based daycare may require more research.
How to Choose Infant Care
Once you’ve found some infant care options, it’s time to start narrowing them down. You’ll want to start the process at least two months before you need daycare, but ideally 4-8 months in advance gives you enough time to do research and nab a spot at your desired center.
When deciding on a daycare, follow these steps:
- Interview centers. This is an important first step in getting a feel for a center. You’ll want to be sure to ask the right questions – we have a guide you can follow for the 10 most important questions to ask a child care provider.
- Tour centers. Once you’ve spoken over the phone, it’s time to start visiting centers. Does the center meet your needs? Is it a warm, comforting environment? Do you feel at ease there? Taking a guided tour reveals the mission and values of the center and what services they emphasize.
- Check references. Don’t just rely on hand-picked testimonials or letters the daycare center provides. Go online to see what feedback they receive. If you can track down current or former clients to ask them about their experience, that’s even better.
- Visit unannounced. As fantastic as guided tours are, it’s also important to drop by unexpectedly to see how the center operates regularly. This will also familiarize you firsthand with their safety protocols.
Finding infant care is easy – deciding on an infant care center is more challenging. Use these tips to help you narrow down your list and find the perfect fit for your child.
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