Essential Child-Care Questions

Questions to Ask Yourself

Consider the following questions when you visit the facility:

____ Are there enough adult caregivers present at all times? Do these caregivers have a warm, responsive relationship with the children?

____ Does the staff appear to enjoy caring for the children, and do the children appear to be happy?

____ Is the facility bright, cheerful, and well ventilated? Is all equipment clean, safe, and well maintained?

____ Is the noise level comfortable?

____ Does there appear to be enough indoor space for the number of children present? (A clear area measuring 35 square feet per child is ideal.)

____ Is there a quiet area large enough for all children during nap time?

____ Does each child have his own cot, crib, or mat to sleep on, and is there three feet of space between each of these?

____ Are the toilets and sinks clean and easy for children to reach? Can children also reach clean towels, liquid soap, and toilet paper?

____ Is there a clean diaper-changing area? Is a sink well within the caregiver's reach?

____ Does each child have a cubby, locker, or other place for her own belongings?

____ Are infants always fed sitting up, with an adult present during meals and snacks?

____ Is all the food nutritious, well prepared, and well served? Can you preview the menus?

____ Are there enough age-appropriate toys available?

____ Is there an outdoor play area that's free of sharp edges, pinch points, sharp rocks, and ditches?

____ Is the playground equipment age appropriate, properly installed, and well maintained?

____ Is there impact-absorbing material such as wood chips, rubber mats, or loosely packed sand in areas where children might fall?

____ Do adults always supervise outdoor play?

____ Is your first reaction to the program that it would be a good, loving, and safe haven for your child?

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

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