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Important Questions for Child Care Services

Although it is often necessary to use a child care service or daycare program, it is imperative to do your research prior to leaving your child, toddler, or infant with anyone. This is to ensure the safety of your baby or kid when he or she is left at a preschool, kindergarten class, or with a babysitter. Below is a list of questions you should ask a daycare service, preschool, or any nannies you are considering.

  • Are you a licensed caregiver or child care provider?
    This is important because you need to know if the babysitters, nannies, or daycare facility is legitimate and qualified. Different development centers, preschools, and child care services may be qualified in different ways and to different degrees.

  • What are your references and education pertaining to child care?
    It is always wise to check the references of any at-home nanny, babysitter, or daycare program you consider. This way you can be certain of their background and previous experience with caring for children.

  • What ages of children are you qualified to care for?
    Depending on the daycare facility or program, they may be able to care for infants, toddlers, and small kids. However, some may only be able to care for certain age groups. It is important to find this out ahead of time.

  • Do you provide meals for the child?
    While some preschools and care facilities provide lunch for the kids, others do not. Therefore you may need to pack a lunch at home, or choose a facility that offers lunches.

  • Is there social interaction and playing with other children?
    Typically your child will interact with other kids, while at a daycare service. There may also be some learning with numbers and words as well as some arts and crafts to improve their overall education.
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    At Tomorrow's Child Preschool & Learning Center Write review for this local business
    Brown Park Dr, Hilliard, OH 43026
    (614) 876-6756  
    Child Daycare and full day Preschool classes all ages. Breakfast, Hot Lunch, Snacks daily. Transport to nearly all Grade schools in Hilliard. In business 20 years.
    Today's Child Learning Center
    1 review: *****
    3715 E Main St, Columbus, OH 43213
    (614) 235-0096 Write review for this local business

    "The director was patient and explained everything very clear. And offered her help for my title xx. the teachers seemed to have a good relationship with all the children and parents. I enrolled both my children and would recommend this daycare to every one. ..."
    Childs Play Learning Center Write review for this local business
    11795 Pickerington Rd, Pickerington, OH 43147
    (614) 833-1836  
    Child care provider for infants, toddlers & children age 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Rest assured your children are safe while you're at work.
    Love 'N Learn Child Care
    1 review: *****
    4440 Secor Rd, Toledo, OH 43623
    (419) 474-4440 Write review for this local business

    "The people who work here are wonderful! It is so obvious that they love what they are doing and that they love the children. We are blessed to have them in our daughter's life and look forward to taking our child-to-be there, too. ..."
    My Father's House Childcare Center Write review for this local business
    35 S Jefferson St, Dayton, OH 45402
    (937) 297-0477  
    Your 6-week-old to 12-year-old will receive child care from a Christian staff. Our caring teachers instruct them in play, arts, and crafts in a structured setting.
    Jessica's Home Daycare and Ear Write review for this local business
    2103 Crawford Avenue, East Liverpool, OH 43920
    (330) 932-0863  
    We offer 24 hour child care for your little one, providing parents with assistance when they just can't be at home. We also feature a bi-lingual early learning curriculum.
    Stepping Stones Day Care
    1 review: *****
    900 S Smithville Rd, Dayton, OH 45403
    (937) 252-6226 Write review for this local business

    "This will be the first time I've ever sent my kids to a daycare. They don't just watch your kids; they actually work with them to prepare them for preschool! My littlest one is 2 1/2 and already learning the alphabet and numbers. It's kinda like pre preschool. I was very impressed with everything about this daycare center. ..."
    Horizon Child Develoment Center
    1 review: *****
    1050 E 200th St, Euclid, OH 44117
    (216) 481-3830 Write review for this local business

    "Thus daycare has a lot to learn about taking care of children. Don't send your kids here. ..."
    Andrea's Grooming
    1 review: *****
    6047 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45248
    (513) 451-2880 Write review for this local business

    "My dog had to board while I went away and I couldn't get back in time. I was gone one extra week and everything went great with them. They went and got more food, it was wonderful. ..."
    Learning Experience The Write review for this local business
    9158 S Old State Rd, Lewis Center, OH 43035
    (614) 781-4600  
    We offer premier child care to children ages six weeks to five years. Learning Experience The is not just a daycare facility but also a complete child development center with a dynamic and fun environment.
    Schools-Public & Parochial Write review for this local business
    6905 Given Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45243
    (513) 561-7298  
    Founded in 1926, we are an independent, co-educational day school with students from 18 months to 18 years. Our sprawling campus is situated on 62 beautiful acres. Come see us; you will love what we have to offer.
    Dori's Learning Garden
    1 review: *****
    13712 Bellaire Rd, Cleveland, OH 44135
    (216) 251-8501 Write review for this local business

    "We were looking for a quality, religious based daycare that wouldn't break our bank account. Our emphasis was on our 4 year old's rapidly growing development and finding a center that would support and enhance what we are working on in these areas. Dori & the staff are wonderful and exceed our needs and expectations for providing quality, education and care for our son. ..."
    Lala's Childcare Write review for this local business
    3809 Sugarberry Dr, Hebron, KY 41048
    (859) 689-0890  
    We Have Been a State Certified In-Home Child Care Provider for past 7 years With Many Happy Families.
    Care Bear Day Care Write review for this local business
    400 Vine St Ste A, Dayton, KY 41074
    (859) 291-1091  
    Abby's Child Enrichment Center Write review for this local business
    29 Churchill Dr, Fort Thomas, KY 41075
    (859) 781-3442  
    Biederman Educational Centers Write review for this local business
    8025 Dream St, Florence, KY 41042
    (859) 371-9078  
    Abby's Child Enrichment Cntr Write review for this local business
    2907 Alexandria Pike, Newport, KY 41076
    (859) 781-2899  
    Building Block Early Learning Center Write review for this local business
    706 Lytle Ave, Erlanger, KY 41018
    (859) 342-7189  
    Alphabet Kids Child Care Inc. Write review for this local business
    997 Reading Rd, Mason, OH 45040
    (513) 445-4649  
    Biederman Educational Centers Write review for this local business
    3274 Westbourne Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45248
    (513) 922-5552  
    Biederman Educational Centers Write review for this local business
    3818 Hauck Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241
    (513) 733-1700  
    Bethlehem Lutheran Preschool Write review for this local business
    495 Ludlow St, Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
    (812) 537-5243  
    If you're looking to get into a licensed daycare, there are several positions you can apply for. Many centers have a high turn around rate, so with the right credentials and willingness to learn, you can secure a position. In order to be an official preschool teacher, you must have some college education in early childhood development courses or the working equivalent. Kindergarten teachers need a Bachelor's and state license. You must write lesson plans and set up a proper program for each age group you work with. Younger toddlers under two years old do not require extensive activity planning, but you should focus on proper social interaction and building up hand/eye coordination for a kid. Without previous experience, you may be able to work as a teacher's assistant. You will aid the children as they play, help feed them meals, and distribute materials for arts and crafts projects. Often teachers tap into their assistants for aid in lesson plans, but this is not always so. You'll be doing most of the "grunt work," but also having a stronger interaction with the an infant. Daycares are managed by a facility director and often at least one assistant director. These folks run the building, listen to complaints, and basically run interference between parents and preschool teachers. They have to have some teaching experience as well as business experience to properly run a care provider. If you plan on running a home-based facility, you must act as director and teacher. Nannies need to have the same education as center teachers, but must also be willing to work out of someone else's home with any age child. Often nannies have to live on site to help babysit at a moment's notice.