Are you a working parent in Massachusetts seeking Cambridge daycare or Boston care? The Boston area offers one of the most extensive child care opportunities out of cities across the country. After you’ve sorted through your options, using Mom Trusted’s search tool, picked your favorites and set up tours with your top choices, it’s time to lay out the questions to ask to figure out if you’re choosing the best Boston care option for your little ones. Here’s what to ask:
How long have you been in business?
What are your hours?
How is vacation time handled?
Are you properly licensed with the state?
Are all of your staff members CPR and First Aid certified?
Are staff members required to go through background checks before hiring?
How would you handle a missing child?
The Numbers Game:
How much will it cost for my child to attend?
What is your late policy?
How is billing handled?
How many staff members are there?
What’s the child-to-teacher ratio?
How many of your staff members are required to hold a degree?
Food and Health:
What’s your sick policy?
Are there any food restrictions?
My child is allergic to ____. How would you deal with his or her allergy?
How are snack and mealtimes handled?
What type of food do you serve?
How does nap time work?
Which teaching philosophy do you follow here?
In terms of learning, which approach do you find to be most effective?
What are some of the main subjects you focus on throughout an average day?
How do you deal with disciplining here?
Do you believe in spanking?
My child struggles with ____ and this is how we handle it at home: _____. Could you respect and continue to enforce our rules?
How do you handle potty training?
What do you expect from me as a parent?
Can you describe an average day to me here?
How much time is spent inside versus out?
What is your policy on TV and computer time?
Can you show me some crafts kids here have made?
Can you describe some of the games children play here?
-“Home daycare provider interview” Baby Center
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