A good caregiver

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.

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Comments

  1. I like that list. 🙂

    I am going to mail you something tomorrow! <3

  2. I like that list. 🙂

    I am going to mail you something tomorrow! <3

  3. I am so sorry you’re having problems finding child care. I hope that something comes along soon!

  4. I am so sorry you’re having problems finding child care. I hope that something comes along soon!

  5. The problem is, you already knew all this. This was your criteria all along. Your problem isn’t identifying good childcare, it’s getting it at the right price and location. (IMHO)

  6. The problem is, you already knew all this. This was your criteria all along. Your problem isn’t identifying good childcare, it’s getting it at the right price and location. (IMHO)

  7. Sarah – ooooh! Yay!
    Kait – thanks!
    ZM – you are totally right, although I was having trouble putting it into words. I also wondered if I am being too picky but this was reassuring to me!

  8. Sarah – ooooh! Yay!
    Kait – thanks!
    ZM – you are totally right, although I was having trouble putting it into words. I also wondered if I am being too picky but this was reassuring to me!

  9. Crys – glad that you enjoyed the interview. Come back tomorrow and read the rest! (Oh, and your book didn’t go out today. Sometimes I suck like that!)

  10. Crys – glad that you enjoyed the interview. Come back tomorrow and read the rest! (Oh, and your book didn’t go out today. Sometimes I suck like that!)

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