These tips will help you find the best childcare option for your toddler or newborn.
First, determine your needs.
Consider the following questions: How many days per week do you require childcare? Do you prefer to have childcare near your home or at work? Are you looking to have your child enrolled in childcare at someone's house or find a childcare centre in Narellan Vale?
The second step is to decide on a budget.
The budget will determine which option you choose. It is important to know what you can afford and are willing to pay upfront so that you don't waste your time on options that may not be within your budget.
The third step is to do the preparation.
After you have answered some of these questions, you can start to compile a list by searching the telephone directory, asking for references, and looking online for childcare centers. Ask the experts. You can reach the Childcare Aware hotline to be referred to a local referral agency and childcare resource.
This agency will then be able to refer you to licensed childcare providers within your locality. The agency can also provide a list with a list of centers that are accredited in your region. Note any centers that have been approved either by the National Association for the Education of Young Children or the National Association of Family Child Care.
Finally, verify references.
Ask the provider or childcare center for a list with parent references. Call the parents to follow up. Ask them if they are satisfied with the childcare center. Is their child happy there? Are they happy? Ask for details such as their favorite or least favorite things. To find out if there have been any complaints against the center, call the Better Business Bureau of your state.