At Belle's and Beau's Academy we know that finding the right child care is one of the most important decisions that a parent can make. The following is a list of questions and items to look for when researching quality child care. Please use this list of questions when visiting different programs. Click on the FAQ's to the left and on each question to see our answers. Things to look for:
Is the center clean and appealing to children?
Are you and your child greeted when you enter the building? Does it feel “warm and fuzzy” when you enter the building and the classrooms?
Do the children in the center appear happy and relaxed?
Did the Director conducting the tour answer your questions honestly and openly?
Is the playground fun, secure, and age appropriate with a variety of surfaces and activities?
How are the interactions between the adults and the children? Are the adults appropriately supervising the children, having fun, and supporting the children?
Questions To Ask
Questions to ask:
Is the center privately owned, a franchise, or corporate owned and operated?
Is there an open door policy that encourages parents to visit and participate in center activities at any time?
Does the center offer flexible schedule options to meet your family’s needs?
Does the center offer nutritious snacks and lunches? Are the menus available to parents?
How is the registration fee assessed? Is it an annual fee?
What is the structure and routine in my child’s classroom each day?
How do I know what happened during my child’s day at school?
How are needs, ideas, and activities communicated to the parents/guardian on a daily and monthly basis?
How are lesson plans created? Do the teachers create activities that reflect the current dynamics of their classroom?
Are assessments done at least twice a year to measure your child’s growth and development?
Are the toys and materials age appropriate for the classroom?
What are the qualifications of the staff members?
How does the center handle toilet training?
What is the sick policy for children? What is the procedure for a child that becomes sick at school?
How is discipline handled in my child’s classroom?
What is your policy for releasing children to people other than their parents/guardians?
Are toys and materials disinfected on a regular basis?
How often is sunscreen applied to the children?
Is there a staff member present at all times who has been trained in CPR and First Aid?
Is there a security system that restricts access to the facility?
How often are special activities offered to the children and their families?
Are extra activities like karate, dance, and gymnastics offered? Is there a pool available for swimming and water activities offered for the toddlers in the summer?
When and at what age are field trips offered?
Does the center transport to your child’s future elementary school?