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Daycare in Gilbert: Avoiding a Bad Daycare Center
Our last article covered finding a good daycare center. However, you might also want to know how to avoid the bad ones too. From BABYCENTER.COM
“A so-so reputation
Don’t hesitate to judge a center based on what you’ve heard from other parents. Ask for specifics, though, to make sure that negative comments apply to your situation and aren’t something unique to a particular family and the center.
Take a survey of neighbors and fellow parents at the park. Ask them: Is this a popular center? Do you know whether a child has ever been lost or injured at the center? If you’re even the slightest bit reluctant to leave your child at a center, pass.
Bottom line: If other parents aren’t thrilled with the center, it’s best to keep looking.
Rules and regulations are important. Centers without clearly established guidelines for everything from operating hours to handling emergencies are likely to have other organizational problems as well.
Ask for a written copy of the center’s policies. If they can’t supply one, that’s a reason to be wary.
In-home daycare may be less formal and more flexible, but a good in-home daycare should still have a set schedule, safety policies, and a safe physical environment.
Similarly, centers with a lax sick-child policy should be crossed off your list. If children and staff who come down with a fever or the flu don’t have to stay home for at least 24 hours, your child is more likely to catch every little thing that comes along.
The center should also require children and staff to have current immunizations and regular checkups. This policy is a good indication of how seriously the center will take your child’s health and well-being.
And if you run into a closed-door policy, keep looking. A center that balks at having parents drop by unannounced could have something to hide.
Bottom line: If a daycare center doesn’t have clear rules and organization, it’s not likely to be the right place for you. Keep looking.
A questionable curriculum
Skip centers that either have no daily program or offer one that is static and unchallenging. Children need variety, change, and a chance to grow. The best centers offer a wide range of both group and individual activities.
If babies spend most of their time in swings, infant seats, or other “baby holders,” if the center doesn’t offer organized activities that change regularly, or if television and other electronic media are a big part of the day’s agenda, cross the facility off your list.
Also, take a peek into the art area – is it well stocked with supplies? Are there paintings and other projects on the walls?” [READ MORE]
The right environment can make all the difference for a daycare center in Gilbert.
Kid’s Corner Preschool & Childcare
1450 N Gilbert Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85234