Questions to Ask When Choosing Child Care...
About the facility
- Is the license posted?
- Is facility safe? Clean? Secure? Free of health hazards?
- Is there adequate space for indoor & outdoor activities?
- Is there a place for your child to nap? A quiet place?
- Someplace to temporarily isolate a sick child?
- Is the provider a participant in the Child and Adult Care Food Program?
- Are meals and snacks served? What are they like?
- Does each child have a place for personal belongings?
- What are the fees & other costs? Can you afford them?
- Are emergency numbers posted by the telephone?
- Are electrical outlets covered with safety caps?
- Are fire extinguishers/smoke alarms installed?
- Are adults allowed to smoke around children? Smoking is
prohibited inside a KS Daycare Home when children are present!
- Are there pets and where are they kept?
- Are there first aid supplies & manual within easy reach?
- Do caregivers have first aid and CPR training?
- Do children wash hands before eating & after toileting?
- Is the provider willing to give you references?
About the Quality of Care:
- Are caregivers knowledgeable in child development?
- Is the caregiver able to supervise all children?
- Who will be caring for your child?
- Are the policies about nutrition, toileting, napping and discipline
consistent with your own?
- Do the children receive the kind of individual attention you would like for your child?
- Do the caregivers relate to and converse with the children in a warm and understanding way?
- Are caregivers patient & warm? Enjoy working with children?
- How does the caregiver help the child adjust to the transition from home to the child care facility?
- Are you allowed to visit the facility at any time?
- Are your questions encouraged?
- Does staff take time to talk with you about your child?
- Do you know what the caregiver expects from you?
- Are you comfortable with the caregiver?
About the Learning Opportunities:
- Is there a variety of age-appropriate equipment?
- Is there a daily plan of activities?
- Do the activities challenge thinking, stimulate
creativity, develop physical and social skills?
- If there is a TV, how much time is spent watching it?What programs are featured?
- Are the children treated with respect as individuals?
- Are they encouraged to become independent?
- Are your family's cultural and religious values respected?
- To thoroughly investigate your child care options
- To drop in frequently to monitor the condition of the facility and the daily activities.
- To set times for arrival and pickup of your child and to keep to this
schedule. If you will be late, call and make necessary arrangements.
- To provide telephone numbers for home, work, doctor, and other family member or neighbor.
- To provide a list of names and telephone numbers of other people whom you authorize to
pick up your child.
- To provide instructions about medicines, special foods, special health needs.
- To bring from home the belongings the caregiver requires you to provide.
- To meet other parents whose children are cared for at the same facility so that you can
talk about your child's activities and the quality of care.
- To encourage and attend parent meetings.
- To talk with your child about what happens at child care and listen to what your child
Not sure what the difference is between
Family Child Care and a Child Care Center? Go to: State of Kansas Licensing Regulations for Child Care
Centers & Homes
To check the status or compliance record of a child care facility,
go to: Instructions for Submitting an Open Records Request
Contact the Lawrence/Douglas County Public Health
Department at (785) 843-3060 about any situation
which you feel threatens the safety or health of your child and which the caregiver has
not corrected. This information will remain confidential.
Child Protection Complaint - Social & Rehabilitative Services (SRS) 832-3700.