What to do first
The obvious first step is to make a list of potential child care service companies. To do this, search online that is outside the scope of this article, but using a search engine you should be able to list about a few childcare centers in Guildford Area.
Next step: filter out the undesirables
Call or email each child care business and review an initial checklist. Think carefully about what you want to check and find out from these companies before contacting any of them. Talk to your partner to see if they have any more checks or questions to add to the list.
Here are some recommended questions for your initial (pre-visit) checklist;
How many children per care staff?
Some organizations may assign too many children per staff. The lower this number the better, but it will generally increase the price. You will have to decide the staff-to-child ratio that you are comfortable with.
What are your rates?
Be sure to specifically ask them to itemize all of their fees, including any additional fees they may charge you. This is important as you don’t want an unpleasant surprise when the invoice arrives in your mailbox.
Next step: visit child care companies
Once you’ve filtered out the companies that centers interact with that don’t fit your needs, you should schedule appointments to visit the ones that remain on your list. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get a nose around the place.
Watch how your staff interacts with the children. Would you be happy to leave your staff with these people?
Talk to other parents at the center and ask them for honest feedback about the place. It may take a quiet unstaffed moment to get a fully honest opinion, but it’s worth doing. Following these steps should help you filter to a couple of remaining child care centers so you can enroll your child.