Be a Good Child Care Parent
Parents looking for a child care provider usually use checklists or brochures designed to give them tips and information about what to consider when choosing a child care:
- Is the facility/home clean?
- What type of training have the providers had?
- Will my child be happy here? Safe here?
- (See Example Questions to Ask Before You Choose Child Care)
A parents’ responsibility does not end once they have selected the child care center/home for their child. One of the most valuable assets a family can have is quality, dependable child care.
It is not only an asset personally, but to an employer as well. Finding this special person (or center) can be key to your happiness on the job. It is stress relieving to know children are in a safe and nurturing environment while a parent is at work.
Just as the child care provider nurtures a child, the parent needs to nurture their relationship with the child care provider. How the child care provider is treated will most likely affect how long the relationship lasts, how positive the interactions are, and ultimately, how happy the child is in the setting.
A survey was conducted of some Idaho child care providers. They were asked for tips to share with parents that would make for a better child care experience overall for everyone involved. As you will see from the following tips, they ranged from payment issues to discipline and health and safety issues.
The surveys indicate a majority of misunderstandings between child care providers and parents could be resolved if parents would carefully read the Policy and Procedure guidelines and registration packets.
It is important to remember that even though most child care providers choose the profession because of their love of children, it is still a “business” and bills must be paid.
Another issue relates to dressing children for the weather. Numerous comments were received on this issue and the difficulty it causes if a child is unable to participate in a group outing. According to a provider at Parents Blessing Learning Center in Moscow, Idaho, “Nothing is worse than to tell a child they can’t go outside to play in the snow because their parents didn’t bring proper clothing.”
Copyright 2007 by Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
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