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Choosing Great Child Care

After I had my daughter, I knew that it was going to be hard to go back to work. I was worried about leaving her at day care, but I also knew that without a little help, it would be hard for me to get in the hours that I needed to support our little family. It was a difficult decision, but I started researching day care facilities to find a place who could help. Fortunately, I was able to find a really incredible child care business who met my every need. This website is designed to help you to identify your child care requirements, so that you can find the perfect business for you.

Choosing Great Child Care

Infant Care And Your Return To An In-Person Job: Safety, Health, And Questions To Ask

Steven Caldwell

Are you finally going back to your in-person job? After months at home, you're ready to return to the office. But working from your living room wasn't the only thing you did in the past year or more. You also had a baby. Now you need to find a daycare you feel comfortable with. Before you resume office life, take a look at what you need to know about infant care and early childhood programs.

Should Infants Go to Daycare?

You wouldn't have even given this question a thought in the pre-pandemic days. But now you may not be sure whether out-of-the-home care is the right option for your new baby. Even though the daycare environment includes other people (both children and adults) and other people's germs, you can still feel safe in your decision to send your infant to an early childhood program. A high-quality daycare center can offer a nurturing environment that does more than just provide supervision while you're away. Plus, they ensure everything is sanitary. 

Your infant is years away from kindergarten. But this doesn't mean they can't start on an educational path right now. Child care programs are designed to help infants, toddlers, and preschoolers develop new skills. These include social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and language abilities. This means your infant will get the best start possible. They'll learn and grow in ways that can provide a foundation for their future education or life in general. 

How Should You Choose a Center?

The pandemic changed the way many parents viewed their daycare choices. Instead of only focusing on the school's curriculum or the amenities available in the infant classrooms, parents turned their attention to health, hygiene, and safety measures. While curriculum and classroom-level options are important factors in your infant care choice, you also need to make sure you feel comfortable with the center's Covid precautions and overall health rules.

Ask the center's director, the teacher, or another similar staff member about the health and safety steps they take and what guidelines (such as the state or U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) they have to follow. These should include procedures for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces (such as toys, cribs, changing tables, and feeding tables), health checks or screenings, visitor policies, sick child policies, and quarantine or isolation policies. 

Along with the specific procedures or regulations, discuss group contact (the number of children in each classroom and whether your child will have contact with infants/older students in other rooms), protective items teachers must wear, ventilation/outdoor time, drop-off and pick-up, and feeding. Reach out to an infant care program to ask them about their measures.