Choosing the Right Pacifier
One of the hardest things about being a new parent is the fact that before too long most of us will have to find a daycare system that we trust so that they can care for our kids while we return to work. When searching for a daycare provider it is important that you have a set of guidelines about what type of environment you want your baby to be in because this will essentially be their home away from home for one third of the day. So don’t be afraid to ask questions, interview daycares, and tour the premises, and check in a lot of different kinds of daycares before settling on which one you want to place your child into.
For example, some people prefer the more one-on-one approach that home daycare providers can give as there are usually not more than four or five children to the home at one time. This can mean that the person who is looking out for your baby will have them on a more individual basis and as such will have more time to spend to them and will know your wants and parenting methods better. The downside for many parents is that because there aren’t as many children in a home daycare situation then there isn’t as much of a chance for social interaction. This is a crucial time for infants who are just beginning to learn how to interact with others, and if there aren’t that many other children at the daycare then sometimes it may become necessary to supplement this interaction time with play-dates and other interactive activities.
Another type of daycare that you should consider looking into is the kind that integrates learning methods with their supervisory capacity. There are daycares which specialize in preparing children for school from a very early age. These daycares often emphasize different learning techniques and have more of a preschool setting. They often take infants and integrate them slowly into the learning times so that they can interact with other kids as well as learn through different interactive methods like games, rhymes, and puzzles.
Then, there are regular daycares which can often be just as good and as useful for interaction and learning purposes, but sometimes feel overcrowded for many parents. The key to knowing if your child will receive individual instruction and supervision at a daycare like this is to ask if you can take a tour of the facilities. It is an immediate red flag if they tell you no or ask you to come back at a later date when it is more convenient for them. When you are looking around the daycare be sure to pay attention to the kids that are already there and watch how they behave and interact with the staff, this will tell you a great deal about the daycare and how the children that are there perceive it.
Remember, you are allowed to interview the daycare providers. Ask them questions about how they deal with certain situations and make sure that you feel comfortable with them, because they are the ones you are going to trust your new baby with and it’s important that you feel at ease so that your baby will also.