Think about all the things you feel pretty strongly about, eg behaviour management, illness, safe sleeping practices and ask them to show you or explain to you their centre policies on those things. A good centre won't flinch on explaining their policies and procedures and they should know it off the tops of their heads. Take advantage of play date opportunities! Go in for a play at different times of day, morning outdoor play, indoor planned activities and late afternoon outdoor play. This will give you a good insight on how a specific room is running and also allow you to get to know the educators that will potentially be caring for your little one, seeing educators in action (is stressful on them) but also allows you to form a feeling about the potential relationship YOU and BABY will have with them. Always trust your gut!
Go into your city’s website under child care and licensing. You will be able to see the reports on how many violations they have with the state on their annual inspection for the past few years. You can get some good details that will help you pick if the persons home or center is registered.
Daycare: working camera, make sure they are actually teaching not just a "chuck-e-cheese" (I went to work at a daycare & the owner said we aren't like a daycare daycare we are more like a chuck-e-cheese) as in just drop your kid off (sick or not) and we make sure they don't die. I Agree ^^ drop in when they aren't expecting it .
Babysitters: best route (I'm a babysitter & mama) most sitters are okay with cameras in the house/apartment. Make sure they know you will have them because if you , as most moms suggest, hide it & don't say anything & something does happen you will not be able to use that footage. Get a background check, have them babysit while you are home doing your own thing so you see how they are with the baby & you can also see if he/she likes your sitter.
Best of luck mama♥
I recommend the Vtech camera I have it records, connects to WiFi so you can watch anywhere & rotates in all directions.
The only issue is that this was a gift & I didn't know how expensive it was till I looked it up...it is $260 I believe so if you FSA (Flexible Spending Account) allows it then definitely recommend because it comes with 2 & because it rotates that's all I need. If you can't afford this. Any camera that hooks up to WiFi is good. Also if you have xfinity look into their home security system because you also have access from your phone as well as burglary coverage (camera wise not insurance wise)
Or buy a nanny cam for babysitting
Choose one with WORKING cameras.
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