Group size has a positive impact on the overall quality of early and school-age care and education programs and the experiences that children have in those programs. Smaller group size is important in maintaining proper supervision, quality care and enough one-on-one attention for each child in care.
Similar to group size, the adult to child ratio also has a positive impact on the overall quality of a child’s experience in care. Learn more about the adult to child ratio for the different types of child care.
Health and Safety
A major concern of parents when they drop their children off at a child care program, is the safety of their children in the hands of the caregivers. Some things to look for that indicate the program is safe and healthy are working smoke detectors, toys and equipment that are in good condition, food prep areas are separated from the restrooms and diapering areas. The daily routine should also include proper hand-washing and diapering procedures, and direct competent supervision of children at all times.
Parents and families have the most direct and lasting impact on a child. When parents are involved, children are more confident, and feel more comfortable, especially in a new setting. Choosing a program that welcomes parents to come in during the time the child is in care is the first step in getting to know the “important people” in a child care program. Know what is expected of you, and what you can expect from a program. Volunteer to help out at the program, read to the children or go on a field trip. Always keep the lines of communication open. It is the parent’s right to know what is happening while their child is in a child care program. Do not hesitate to ask questions.
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