5 Tips for Finding the Best Daycare Near You

What if finding a quality daycare or preschool for your child didn’t have to be so stressful?

As a parent, we know you only want the best for your child from day one. You spend countless hours researching everything from car seats to sleep schedules. We understand that you already have a lot on your mind and you shouldn’t have to stress when it comes to finding the best daycare for your child. Set your childcare worries aside and rest easy with WeeCare.

When it comes to finding the perfect childcare solution, we’ve got your back.

You may be wondering, what should I look for when researching a daycare? Or, how can I find the best daycare near me?

A typical WeeCare daycare provides home-based familiarity for kids, combining early childhood curriculum and play elements for the best childcare environment.

As you look at your various daycare and preschool options, you’ll want to consider everything from a convenient location, health and safety protocols, curriculum and activities, to licensing and accreditation. We know how exhausting parenting can be, so don’t lose any more sleep to this decision because WeeCare is here for you!

Here are WeeCare’s top 5 tips for finding the ideal daycare or preschool for your family:

  1. Location, location, location! - Every second counts when you’re a parent. Who wants to commute across town when you can find a trusted childcare provider right in your own backyard? WeeCare makes it easy — just input your zip code into our provider locator and you’ll instantly get a list of all of our choice providers in your neighborhood.
    • Ask yourself questions like, “Can I walk to my child’s daycare?” and “How long am I willing to drive to drop off and pick up at daycare?”

    • If you find a great caregiver within walking distance, will you need to take the stroller or is your child capable of walking along with you to daycare?

    • In addition to looking for a childcare provider close to home, checking near your workplace or in another neighborhood where you have friends or family nearby are good options too.

  2. Trust is key - Rest assured that your child is in good hands with our network of qualified early childhood teachers and that the facility you choose is professionally licensed. You can also find independent parent reviews and educational/professional backgrounds for all of our teachers right at your fingertips.
    • Write down a list of questions you’d like to ask your childcare provider and make sure to discuss any concerns you might have when touring the daycare.
    • Check with your peers and fellow parent groups to get recommendations for the best, most trusted childcare providers in your area.
    • Go with your gut and trust your parental instincts. Choosing a caregiver for your child is a big responsibility and important step on your childcare journey.
  3. Curriculum counts - Children learn through play. In early childhood education, play matters…a lot. It’s important to explore what age-appropriate activities your daycare or preschool is providing. Little minds are moving fast and you want to make sure your child is fine tuning not only their fine and gross motor skills, but also their social and emotional skills.
    • Does the facility offer an outdoor space for play and exploration?
    • What kind of manipulatives, sensory activities, dramatic play, and early literacy components do the teachers incorporate into their day?
    • WeeCare daycare profiles provide a detailed curriculum description and you can also explore each facility’s photo gallery to see how our WeeCare educators are personalizing and incorporating these important elements in their day-to-day activities.
  4. What’s your budget? Preschool and childcare is an investment in their future, but you don’t want to break the bank. Look at your monthly expenses and find a budget that’s comfortable for your family. At WeeCare, we feel it is important to emphasize that you can have high quality childcare on a budget. You can search our database simply by selecting your weekly childcare budget and we can help you find qualified, trustworthy facilities within your price range.
    • Look at your monthly expenses and find a budget that’s comfortable for your family.
    • Depending on your childcare budget, you may need to tweak things like location and your preferred curriculum style to have the most daycare options.
    • You shouldn’t have to compromise quality, so try to find the best childcare fit, no matter the budget.
  5. Health & safety matters - Early childhood education experts agree on the importance and benefits of proper health, nutrition and sleep habits. You want to be sure your daycare provider offers ample opportunity throughout the day for movement and exercise.
    • What health and safety measures does your daycare provider take on a routine basis?

    • Before enrolling your child, find out what type of meals and food are prepared for the kids at care.

    • Are there designated times of day for exercise, and is there space outside for children to run around and play?

What are the 3 indicators of quality child care?

Childcare comes in many different shapes and sizes, but one universal trait you want to find when choosing the caregiving setting for your kiddo is quality. There are a few good leading indicators of quality childcare, including:

  • Low child to teacher ratios. With smaller group sizes and a low child to teacher ratio, caregivers can provide more individualized attention leading to a higher quality early learning experience for families.
  • Independent reviews and word of mouth. What are other local parents saying about their childcare experiences with this caregiver? While you can take some reviews with a grain of salt, considered as a whole they do usually provide a clear picture of the quality at a particular daycare.
  • Positive interactions between teachers and kids. Do children seem to be enjoying their time and experiences at daycare? Your child’s happiness is a good indicator. A quality childcare provider usually has many satisfied customers, including the little ones who attend every day.

How are childcare benefits important when it comes to daycares?

Finding the right daycare that is accessible and affordable for your family can be challenging. Sometimes parents, including working parents, need some help.

Increasingly, employers are rising to the occasion by providing childcare assistance to their workforce with employee childcare benefits. Whether it’s connecting working families to a large childcare network of daycare providers to help them access care, subsidizing the cost of childcare with a stipend/subsidy program or offering backup care — organizations can be the difference between families accessing affordable childcare at all and parents staying home with their kids.

Whether your employer offers childcare benefits for employees or not, we can help you find the best daycare close by.

Let WeeCare take some of the work off your plate so that you can focus on what’s for dinner tonight and have more time for that extra round of hide-and-seek with your littlest biggest fan.

Now that you know a little more about what to select when you’re selecting, it’s time to find your perfect match!

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