WHERE DO I START?
You must take into consideration your child's social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development as well as his/her personality to find the best care for your child. Beyond your child's needs, it is important to consider your own! Ask yourself the following questions. Use the answers to help you choose the proper care for you and your child.
IDENTIFYING YOUR CHILD’S NEEDS:
- Is your child very active?
- Does s/he need a lot of structured play?
- Does your child do better with only one or two caregivers?
- Does your child have diverse needs? For example, special physical, emotional, language needs.
- Does your child seem happier with children of his/her own age or with children of different ages?
- What are the five most important things you want for your child when s/he is in the care of someone else? (e.g. type of discipline, type of play, emphasis on literacy, emphasis on interaction with others.)
IDENTIFYING YOUR NEEDS:
- Do you require care before 7:30 a.m. or after 5:30 p.m.?
- Do you require full-time, part-time, or on-call care?
- Do you want care close to your work or close to your home?
- Do you have two or more children that you want to be together in care?
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