Whether you have a 6-month-old or a 4-year-old you are bringing to daycare, you always look for the best choice for your little one. Even if you are a first-time parent, you know that daycares come in a variety of types. Quality differs from daycare to daycare, and it is up to you to determine what is acceptable for your kids. 

So, what makes a good daycare? The answer may not be as simple as you think. You have many questions to ask yourself before you find the daycare you trust.

The Caregiver

First, you should assess the caregiver or staff members themselves. Caregivers should always be licensed depending on your state's requirements. You should also look for staff members with backgrounds in early childhood development and who are well-versed in first-aid and CPR training. You have the right to know who is caring for your child.

The Reputation

Do not be afraid to ask a daycare center for references by current and previous clients. Every reputable daycare center will have references on hand.

You can also read about providers and daycare centers online. You don't typically stay in a hotel or sometimes even try a new restaurant without a Google search, so why not do the same for your child's daycare?

The Rules

Your child's daycare should be able to fit in with your lifestyle. Does the center offer flexibility regarding when you can pick up your child? What is the policy for sick children? What is the food plan? These questions are essential.

The Organization

You also need to know how the information is stored and managed throughout the day. Every daycare center should have a solid plan for emergencies as well as a protocol for dealing with issues like food allergies. Learn how this works at your daycare center as well as how many children are present during the day.

The Curriculum

Some daycares are more focused on education, but every center should offer a combination of age-appropriate activities that stimulate child development and creativity. Make sure that your daycare is fitting the bill.

The Facilities

Always review a daycare to ensure that it is clean and safe before leaving your child there. How is trash managed? What do the floors look like? Is the kitchen area sanitary? How often are toys and equipment washed? Are the windows always secure? Looking over these small details could save a life.

Finally, make sure to ask plenty of questions of your daycare provider. You should always leave knowing that your child is in good hands.