Find A Daycare and Keep It!


Finding quality daycare is one of the scariest things you’ll ever have to do.

  • It might be that a new baby has arrived and it’s time to make that first major decision for your child.

  • It might be that your family just moved and you need to find childcare service in your new neighborhood.

  • Maybe things aren’t working out at your current daycare and it’s time to look for a new provider.

Regardless of your situation, we have information that makes finding quality daycare easier.

Because all of my own experience has been based on inhome daycare and I personally believe that home based daycare is the best way to go, that is what this information is based on.

  • You will know what to look for as you visit potential daycare homes.
  • You will receive a list of daycare interview questions to ask the potential daycare provider.
  • You will be aware of hidden items that you will watch for that will tell you a lot about the prospective provider.
  • You will get valuable tips on getting your child ready for that first day at the new daycare.

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You need to be a good daycare parent. Once you find a daycare you’re satisfied with, it’s important to build and keep a good relationship with your provider. You want to be one of the parents your provider enjoys having in her daycare.

There is no way you can make her job easy, but you can make it easier by being a good daycare family. Sometimes a provider may not tell you the small things that bug her for fear of hurting your feelings. So for the benefit of your daycare relationship, I have compiled a list of general items that make the life of a daycare provider much easier.

Showing appreciation to your daycare provider for a job well-done will help keep a healthy relationship between you and your provider. Appreciation can be shown in many ways. It can come in the form of spoken words, written words, actions or a gift. The cost of a gift is not important. The thought you put into the gift is what counts. To help you save time and brain power trying to come up with the perfect present, I've created a list of ideas at Daycare Provider Gift Ideas.

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Marcia Reagan is the creator of DaycareAnswers and lives in Central Minnesota with her husband and two children.  She's been an in-home daycare provider for over twenty years and loves to share her experience and passion for daycare with other providers.  

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