When I phone a potential child care
program, what should I ask?
At the very minimum:
- Ask if the child care program is licensed.
- Ask about the child care providers' background, education, and training. Do the teachers attend training sessions throughout the year? Are the staff certified to perform first aid and CPR?
- How much staff turnover occurs during a typical year?
- Ask for a copy of the child care program policy handbook.
This information will tell you what the program believes is
important and how they do business.
After you review the child care program policy handbook,
take time to write down additional questions. These
questions may center on how the day is scheduled and what
activities are planned, how teachers guide and discipline
children, and any issues that were not fully explained in
the policy handbook. If interested, schedule a visit with
the program director.
Sara Gable, Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Tuesday, April 11, 2006