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Checklist for Child Care Centers -- Family Care

Your visit to several child care programs is a crucial part of your selection process. What you observe during your visit will tell you many things about a program.

  • Take along checklist and questions to ask during your visit to the program.
  • Take notes on your observations and on answers given to your questions by the provider. These notes will be helpful in determining further questions, and to differentiate between the programs you have observed.
  • Allow plenty of time to tour the entire facility, both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Schedule an initial visit by yourself, and then bring your child with you during your second visit if possible.
  • Make sure to observe the group that your child would attend.
  • Feel free to follow up your visit with further calls to the provider. Be sure that all your questions and concerns are addressed so that you can feel confident about the care your child will receive.

 

Name of Center:
Contact Person:
Date Visited:

QUESTIONS:

Is this a place where your child will be comfortable and happy?
YES / NO

Is the provider’s home appropriately childproofed?
YES / NO

Does the provider take the children outside each day for fresh air?
YES / NO

Do the children seem to be happily engaged in activities?
YES / NO

Does the provider show patience and a sense of humor with the children?
YES / NO

Is the provider flexible and open to adjusting the day to fit your child’s needs?
YES / NO

Does the provider show respect for the children?
YES / NO

Is cultural diversity respected and celebrated?
YES / NO

Infants Question

Does the provider seem nurturing and experienced with caring for infants?
YES / NO

Does the provider hold the infants during feeding times?
YES / NO

Is each infant on his own schedule for feeding and napping?
YES / NO

Are there bright, interesting objects at the infants’ eye-level? Are there infant toys on the floor?
YES / NO

Are babies allowed to crawl and explore?
YES / NO

Toddlers Question

Is the provider experienced in dealing with toddler behavior?
YES / NO

Are the toddlers taken outside at least twice per day, weather permitting?
YES / NO

Does the provider encourage toddlers to use words to resolve conflicts with other children?
YES / NO

Are the children allowed to watch TV? If so, what is the policy?
YES / NO

Preschool Question

Is the program stimulating, with varied preschool activities?
YES / NO

Is the children’s artwork displayed at their eye-level?
YES / NO

Are the children allowed to watch TV? If so, what is the policy?
YES / NO

School-age Question

Does the provider offer school-age activities?
YES / NO

Are the children allowed to watch TV? If so, what is the policy?
YES / NO

Is there a quiet area where your child can do her homework?
YES / NO

Does the provider seem experienced with and knowledgeable about school-age issues?
YES / NO

Does the provider have school-age children of her own present after school?
YES / NO

Are the school-age children ever allowed outside of the home on their own? If so, under what conditions?
YES / NO

 


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