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Selecting Quality Child Care

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Kayla Hoelscher

on 12 November 2017

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Selecting Quality Child Care
Interviewing a Caregiver
Interviewing can help parents determine the qualities and qualifications of the potential caregiver
Compatibility between caregiver and parent is also important
Parents may need to arrange a meeting with the center's director when interviewing a center-based caregiver
At home caregiver interview may be done in a public place or in the home
More than one interview may be necessary to gain a better sense of qualifications, attitude towards children, and personality
Referrals may also be helpful when hiring a nanny
Child Care Guidelines
Quality Caregivers
The qualities of the caregivers and their interactions with the children are important
High quality caregivers:
Have genuine interest in children
Are patient
Enjoy the children they care for
Knowledgeable in child development
Adaptable to new situations
Demonstrate positive, appropriate interactions
Caregiver Interaction
Appropriate interactions:
involve positive physical contact
patting child on back, hugging, hold hand
Listening to and talking with the children
Ask/answer questions,
provide encouragement
Guide children's behaviors
help them make appropriate decisions
They do not shame children or react in anger
Do not ignore children with "silent treatment"
Selecting Quality Care
Many child care options are available, selecting quality care may be challenging
Hours of operation, flexibility, cost, methods of instruction, activities, and types of discipline can vary
One of the first factors to consider is licensing and accreditation
Center-based child care must be licensed by the state
Not all child care centers, however, are accredited
Accredited- child care centers that are licensed and meet additional standards set forth by a professional child care organization
Other Factors to Consider
Staffing, child care environment, parent participation, program activities, diversity, and facilities for children with special needs
Needs fluctuate from family to family
Determining these factors through research and observations of centers can determine the quality of overall childcare
Parents should be well-informed when making a decision
National Clubs & Organizations
4-H (Head, Heart, Hands, Health)
Children in elementary- high school
work with mentors to address community concerns
Leadership, team work skills, and ideas for the future
21st Century Community Learning Center
Focus on helping students meet educational standards
Help with homework and tutoring
National Clubs & Organizations Cont.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Children are pared with big brothers or sisters who mentor the children
Help with homework, sports activities, subject-specific material
Help children dream about the future and set goals
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Focus on children's education, while providing a sense of belonging
Encourages children to stay in school
Offers sports, creative arts, and subject-specific activities
The ages of the children at the center will determine the minimum number of caregivers needed
Child-caregiver ratio- the appropriate number of caregivers available for each child
Group size- maximum number of children that can recieve care in one room or center
Max number set by state
Child care centers may have larger group sizes than family care centers because of more available spacing and staff
Age of Child Ratio Max Group Size

0-2 years 4 to 1 8

2-3 years 6 to 1 12

4-5 years 10 to 1 20
For Caregiver to Child Ratios
Questions for In-Home
Caregiver Interview
Why are you interested in working with young children?
What are appropriate activities for children of this age?
Why did you leave your last job?
How do you deal with stress
How will you communicate with the family about concerns?
Are you trained in first-aid?
Parent Involvement
Parent to caregiver communication is important
Quality caregivers can possible impact a childs development
Parents need to provide additional instruction to caregivers
Instructions, expectations, goals
medications, allergens
cultural backgrounds
Caregivers will need to provide updates to parents about child progress and concerns
Caregiver Communication
Some centers may have frequent communication throughout the day
Others may report daily, weekly, or monthly
Methods of communication:
Phone call
Parents are usually welcome to visit at any time
Some centers may ask parents to volunteer with meal and snack preparation, arts and crafts, or field trips
Boys & Girls Club of America
National Association for the Education of Young Children
professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8
Programs are required to meet standards grouped into 10 areas:
relationships with children,
teaching approaches,
child assessment,
nutrition and health,
staff qualifications,
relationship with children's families,
relationship with the community,
physical environment,
program leadership and management.
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