We decided the nanny share was not for us. The schedule wasn’t going to quite line up and I was nervous about Jack going to their house because their kids were pretty territorial. I prefer the neutral ground of a daycare. So the search has continued and right now we have a couple good candidates, including one bilingual daycare. Jack could learn Cantonese!
I enlisted the help of our “employee assistance program” at work and they sent a great checklist to assist parents in finding quality daycare. In my opinion, these same principles apply to parenting, so I thought I’d share it here:
A good caregiver is loving and responsive. This is someone who
· hugs, rocks, cuddles, seeks eye contact, and enjoys children.
· responds to a baby’s smiles and emerging skills and interests.
· finds ways to expand upon children’s play to help them learn new skills.
· is sociable and interested in children.
· talks with babies about what they do and see.
· is a playful partner who introduces new ideas, objects, and games.
· supports children in building relationships with other children and adults.
A good caregiver respects the baby’s individuality. This is someone who
· understands and nurtures babies’ development.
· recognizes a baby’s personal rhythms, style, strengths, and limitations and tunes into these when planning the pace and time for eating, sleeping, and playing.
· is comfortable accommodating children’s special needs or conditions.
A good caregiver provides a stimulating and child friendly environment. This is an area that
· is clean and safe so babies can explore their surroundings.
· is filled with interesting and stimulating things to explore.
· is set up to promote learning through free play.
· is changed regularly to accommodate the needs of growing infants and toddlers.
· is organized to have distinct eating and diapering areas.
· is set up to be comfortable and practical for adults, allowing them to focus on the children.