When looking to place your child in Blue Island daycare a key item to look for is the procedure they school has set up for when the caregiver is ill. This should be looked at carefully because it can affect how your experience and that of your child will be.
Home Based Daycare
This takes on an even larger role when looking at a home based daycare. With a home based program, ask what happens if the caregiver becomes sick, who will take over for them or will you need to take the day off to care for your child.
Also ask about how will be taking over, is it somebody with the same level of experience, a person your child already know. Young kids are comforted by consistency in their lives. Changing caregivers to somebody they don’t know can be upsetting. Can the replacement handle the workload of all the children?
Another item to look at is where the sick caregiver will be. Will they continue to be with the or near the kids or will they be somewhere else.
All of these are question you should ask and receive good answer to when looking at placing your child in a home based daycare.
With daycare centers, there are often more options available if a caregiver becomes ill but you still should ask about what the plan is when it happens.
If the daycare is at or near the maximum teacher/child ratio ask what happens, is an off duty teacher called in, does the office staff take over? Are the replacements qualified and will there be continuity of programs?
Will programs be combined, so older and younger kids who don’t normally play together will be? Are there procedures set for this? This can be a really problem when the weather is bad and older and younger kids play together, sometime the action becomes rougher than young children need.
In better schools, you will find they operate with more than the minimum number of teachers, this generally has several teachers in a classroom, and if one becomes ill, the others can take over without the children noticing.
Regardless of the type of program, ask about what the plan is when caregivers become sick. There are no hard and fast rules as to what is and is not okay, that is up to you are the parent to decide. However, knowing what the plan is in advance will allow you to choose the daycare option that is best for you and your child.
Devin Murray is a professional author who regularly contributes articles and videos on child care and daycare. To learn more about picking the right daycare for your needs visit http://www.blueislandchildcare.com