Daycare Dilemma 2

By: Amy Bingham
By: Amy Bingham

WHEN IT COMES TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT DAYCARE FOR YOUR CHILD, THERE'S HELP OUT THERE YOU MAY NOT EVEN KNOW ABOUT.
CHILD CARE RESOURCE AND REFERRAL AT WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY SERVES PARENTS BY OFFERING FREE REFERRALS TO LICENSED AND CERTIFIED CHILD CARE PROVIDERS.
IT'S A BIG WORLD OUT THERE…AND THESE LITTLE GIRLS AND BOYS ARE AT THE MERCY OF THEIR CAREGIVER TO KEEP THEM SAFE AND HAPPY.
"that is what children need to do the majority of the day--play..that is how they learn best.
SHERRI MEYER KNOWS A THING OR TWO ABOUT WHAT CHILDREN NEED.
SHE IS A COORDINATOR FOR CHILD CARE RESOURCE AND REFERRAL AT WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY.
THE CENTER IS DESIGNED TO REFER PARENTS TO THE CHILD CARE CENTER THAT BEST FITS THEIR NEEDS…AND BEST OF ALL..IT'S FREE.
"whether it's health and safety, training of staff, looking at materials and toys available to children..so by doing that with each parent, we are able to help them better know what to look for in child care.
LOOK, LISTEN AND ASK…THREE THINGS PARENTS ARE STRONGLY URGED TO DO ONCE THEY RECEIVE THEIR REFERRAL.
"It's up to parents to go and visit, to ask questions so they can see…they need to look around, look at safety plugs, hand washing, diaper changing done correctly.
TAMMY MARTIN SAYS SHE WENT SOLELY ON A FRIEND'S RECCOMENDATION WHEN SHE CHOSE HER CHILDREN'S FIRST DAYCARE.
WHEN HER TWO YEAR OLD SUFFERED SIGNIFICANT BITE AND SCRATCH MARKS, SHE REALIZED SHE AND HER HUSBAND HADN'T DONE THEIR HOMEWORK.
"my husband had worked in a daycare before but I hadn't…I didn't know what questions to ask…from the very beginning he wasn't sure this was right..it red flagged him..had this gut feeling…I say follow your gut.
AND WHAT IF SOMETHING DOES HAPPEN TO YOUR CHILD IN DAYCARE?
"one question they need to ask is did you write me an incident report today…I notice there is a scratch or a mark.
MEYER SAYS PARENTS SHOULDN'T BE SHY ABOUT ASKING TO SEE A COPY OF THE FACILITY'S LICENSE..AS WELL AS ANY DEFICIENCIES THAT HAVE BEEN CORRECTED.
SHE SAYS THAT INFORMATION IS OFTEN POSTED IN PLAIN VIEW.
AND EVEN THOUGH YOU CAN GET A FREE REFERRAL…MEYER SAYS NOTHING COMPARES TO WHAT YOU OBSERVE WITH YOUR VERY OWN EYES.
"go and visit..look at teacher interaction. Children's response…ask questions..are they together as long as possible in the day.>>
HERE ARE SOME OTHER CONSIDERATIONS IN DETERMINING WHETHER THE NEEDS OF YOUR CHILD ARE MET.¤3 ]] C1.5 G 0 [[
*CG Full15 Child Care Observations
Warm and caring caregivers
Parents welcome anytime
Routine meets child's needs
Comfortable setting
Adult/child ratios same all day

-ARE THE CAREGIVERS WARM AND CARING?
-AS A PARENT, AM I WELCOME AT ANY TIME IN THE PROGRAM?
-DOES THE CHILD CARE ROUTINE MEET MY CHILD'S NEEDS?
-IS MY CHILD COMFORTABLE IN THIS SETTING?
-DO ADULT/CHILD RATIOS REMAIN THE SAME ALL DAY REGARDLESS OF ACTIVITIES?
*CG Full12 Daycare Dilemma
Child Care Resource & Referral
270-745-7089
TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CHILD CARE RESOURCE AND REFERRAL..CALL 270-745-2216.

Extended coverage:

Observation checklist;
-Regularly scheduled nutritious meals and snacks are provided and menus are posted.
-Indoor and outdoor spaces are clean and safe.
-Children and adults wash hands after diapering/toileting and before meals.
-Furniture and equipment are child sized.
-Medicine and cleaning products are out of the reach of children.
-Discipline is handled in a gentle, but firm manner.
-Rules are clear, simple and consistent
-Children are not expected to sit quietly or wait for long periods of time.
-Books, blocks, puzzles and other learning materials are available and within easy reach of the children.
-Outdoor play occurs daily, weather permitting.
-Each child has their own crib or cot.
-Parents are welcome at any time, without prior notice.
-Caregivers respond quickly in a loving, gentle way.
-There is a daily schedule that makes children feel comfortable and secure.
-Parents and children are greeted upon arrival.
-Caregivers have training specific to the ages of children they care for.


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