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Questions to Ask When Lookin for a Nursery or Day Care

When you are looking for a nursery or day care, many considerations should be made. The first thing you may think of when searching for a child care center are the cost. You also need to think about the credentials of the people watching your child and what they will be doing throughout the course of the day. The following are key questions you should ask before deciding on a day care.

  • What activities do you have for the children?
    When you drop off your child to a day care, it is important to know the process of how the center operates. Learn about the activities that the center offers for the children. What kind of toys do they have to play with? Are there certain times that you have the children take a nap? Are there any games or social activities that you play with the kids?

  • Are you regulated by a state agency?
    Some nurseries are not regulated by a state agency. If the nursery or day care center is regulated, there are requirements that need to be met. The employees may need to be certified or licensed for child care. If the center is not regulated, the employees may still be certified. If that is not the case, find out more details regarding who will be watching your kids and the experience that they have.

  • Are you available for nontraditional hours?
    As a parent, you may only need to drop off your child during traditional working hours. It is still a good idea to know whether or not the day care is capable of watching children during nontraditional hours. This would generally be considered anything that is outside of the morning or afternoon.
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    In A Child's Path
    1 review: *****
    3053 NE 66th Ave, Portland, OR 97213
    (503) 281-2273 Write review for this local business

    "director lacks in communication skills, we got kicked out abruptly after 2 1/2 yrs for no good given reason. then when we tried to find good child care she talked poorly about my child or our family to the other provided who was also her friend. like the structure, but be careful, if you don't walk on egg shells around there you could find yourself in the same boat as we did. left out with no pla ..."
    Kids Campus
    1 review: *****
    9460 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005
    (503) 297-1661 Write review for this local business

    "We feel very fortunate to have found a great place and it's hard to get my child to leave :) ..."
    Childrens Village
    1 review: *****
    15301 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98684
    (360) 253-2908 Write review for this local business

    "I think this teacher should be checked on she is very rude And treats the kids like they're in the military. ..."
    Ainsworth After School Care Assn Write review for this local business
    2425 SW Vista Ave, Portland, OR 97201
    (503) 223-9744  
    Downtown Portland KinderCare Write review for this local business
    1400 SW 5th Ave Ste 100, Portland, OR 97201
    (503) 248-0581  
    Clay Street KinderCare Write review for this local business
    138 SW Clay St, Portland, OR 97201
    (503) 222-5955  
    Alder Street Learning Center Write review for this local business
    1200 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205
    (503) 228-5855  
    Childrens Garden Learning Centers Write review for this local business
    1411 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205
    (503) 228-2443  
    Multnomah Playschool Write review for this local business
    5500 SW Dosch Rd, Portland, OR 97239
    (503) 244-9141  
    Joyful Noise Child Development Center Write review for this local business
    333 SW 1st Ave Ste A, Portland, OR 97204
    (503) 326-6827  
    Vermont Hills Family Life Center Write review for this local business
    3228 SW Sunset Blvd, Portland, OR 97239
    (503) 246-3274  
    Headstart Financial LLC Write review for this local business
    121 SW Salmon St Ste 1100, Portland, OR 97204
    (503) 471-1383  
    Vermont Hills Family Life Ctr Write review for this local business
    3710 SW Us Veterans Hospital Rd, Portland, OR 97239
    (503) 721-7830  
    Ohsu Child Care Center Write review for this local business
    3325 SW Moody Ave, Portland, OR 97239
    (971) 544-1207  
    We Village Write review for this local business
    424 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
    (503) 935-5590  
    Maimonides Daycare Write review for this local business
    6612 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97239
    (503) 977-7850  
    Maayan Torah Day School Write review for this local business
    2900 SW Peaceful Ln, Portland, OR 97239
    (503) 245-5568  
    Childroots NW Write review for this local business
    1740 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209
    (503) 227-2630  
    Child Development & Rehabilitation Center Write review for this local business
    707 SW Gaines St, Portland, OR 97239
    (503) 494-8095  
    Portland School District No 1 J Write review for this local business
    2033 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209
    (503) 916-5737  
    Peninsula Children's Center Write review for this local business
    620 N Fremont St, Portland, OR 97227
    (503) 282-0042  
    New Day School Write review for this local business
    1825 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202
    (503) 231-7425  
    Child Care Resources and Referral of Multnomah Write review for this local business
    1006 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
    (503) 548-4400  

    Day nurseries or child care are centers for children to learn, play, and be monitored while their parents are at work. Because it is difficult to wait until your child reaches kindergarten and elementary school age, these schools can help new parents take care of their infants and toddlers during the day. Depending on the age of your kids and babies, these centers will focus on education, development, and special needs.

    Some of these schools are non-profit while others are private for-profit institutions. Some are held in the homes of professionals with the proper certification, while others are in preschool facilities with teachers and tutors on staff. The type of care you seek for your infant or kid is dependent on your area, needs, and financial situation.

    Related to daycares and nurseries are private nannies that take care of your children in the comfort of your own home. Many parents feel that their babies are too young to be cared for in a group setting. This is also a good option for parents who need the comfort of surveillance with a nanny cam, because they can set it up in their home and watch it from their office throughout the day. Essentially, this is a camera disguised within toys.

    Whether you are looking for a simple care facility for your child to play at during the day, one that boasts the highest educational standards, or a private nanny to watch all your children everyday, it is important to feel confident with the professionals you choose. The young years in your child's life is very important and will follow him or her to elementary, middle, and high school.

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