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5 Steps to Quality Child Care

5 Steps to Quality Child Care

1. Look

Visit the child care programs you are considering. Are children watched at all times, including when they are sleeping? Do adults and children wash their hands (after using the bathroom, changing diapers, eating, etc.)? Is the play space organized and are materials easy to use? Are materials available at all times? Is the outdoor area a safe place for children to play? Are positive behavior guidance techniques used?

2. Check

Are medicines labeled and out of children’s reach? Are cleaning supplies and other poisonous materials locked up, out of children’s reach? Is there a plan to follow if a child is injured, sick or lost? Are first aid kits readily available? Are nutritious foods and beverages served to children?

3. Count

Count the number of adults and the number of children they supervise. In centers and family child care homes, children should be in groups of no more than: » One caregiver per three or four infants » One caregiver per three or four young toddlers » One caregiver per four to six older toddlers » One caregiver per six to nine preschoolers.

4. Ask

Have the adults been trained to care for children? Is there always someone present who has current CPR and first aid training? Are the adults continuing to receive training on caring for children? Have satisfactory criminal history background checks been performed? Has the program been inspected by the licensing agency within the last 12 months? Will you be given a copy of the program’s policies?

5. Be Informed

For more information on choosing a safe and healthy child care setting, contact Crystal Stairs R&R Department at (888) KIDS-247.

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