Choosing Quality Child Care

By: Danielle Wallace
By: Danielle Wallace

Ashley Wiley is expecting a baby girl this October and she's already started the search for a child care provider.

"We have started searching for daycare options and it is quite stressful. I've looked at in-home daycares, I've looked at church facilities, I've looked at daycare facilities," says mother-to-be Ashley Wiley.

One key is to look early.

About the time that you're telling all of your family members that you are expecting is really when you should start looking for child care. “There's likely going to be a wait list”, says Angie Hicks of Angie's List.

Experts say you should also prepare to pay a deposit before your child starts daycare.

"We're kind of looking for a combination of three things for a daycare: price being one of the things, as well as safety for our child, and also location," says Ashley Wiley.

Before you start your search, decide what qualities are important. The skills you want the caregivers to have, their level of education and how many years of experience they have.

"In a recent Angie's List poll, 20 percent of the respondents didn't even check whether their child care provider was licensed or had the proper credentials," says Angie Hicks.

Once you have found quality child care, your job is not done. You need to stay involved and constantly assess your child care arrangement.

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