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10 Signs of a Good Daycare

Are you thinking of putting your child in daycare? Your baby can thrive in a group daycare setting. A good and well-organized daycare program has trained and qualified staff. It also provides lots of opportunities for play and learning.

10 Signs of a Good #Daycare

Why I Put My Children in Daycare

When we were living in the United States, I put Leon in daycare because I had to go back to work. When we moved back to the Philippines, Leon went to daycare at least twice a week. In Manila, it is more practical to have a stay-in nanny to assist me at home. However, my husband and I made sure that Leon still went to daycare for social interaction. Now that we live in Italy, the kids sometimes go to daycare. Leon already goes to big school and I homeschool Lucas. Going to daycare at least once a week helps them with language learning in Italian. Personally, taking a break is crucial in maintaining my health.

I have seen different daycare setups in the United States, the Philippines, and Italy. I have seen and visited high-quality daycare centers as well as those that are subpar. As an early childhood educator myself, I can share with you some important information about choosing the right daycare for your child.

Where To Look

Choosing the right daycare for your child can be tricky so it requires careful planning. You can ask for recommendations from your friends and co-workers. You can also search online and read reviews about the school. Your baby’s pediatrician can also offer some suggestions for good daycare facilities in your local community. Before enrolling your child in daycare, make sure that you have interviewed the childcare provider and that you are completely satisfied with their answers.

Signs of a Good Daycare

What are the top ten signs of a good daycare? Read more on #daycare #gooddaycare #findingaqualitydaycare
  • Is licensed for sanitation, safety, and quality of care
  • Has trained and experienced staff who genuinely like children
  • Has a good teacher-to-baby ratio (1 for every 3 infants according to Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel, authors of What to Expect The First Year)
  • Is moderately sized with adequate space and no overcrowding
  • Has plenty of verbal and physical interaction between staff and children
  • Has age-appropriate toys that pass safety standards
  • Gives children plenty of exposure to books, music and the outdoors
  • Has a safe and quiet area for napping
  • Is very secure (e.g. doors are kept locked during operating hours, has a parent/visitor sign-in sheet, has a security system
  • Has strict health, sanitation, and safety rules (e.g. handwashing, proper diaper, and food preparation areas, regular sanitation of all areas including toys and baby accessories)
Daycare- Top 10 Qualities of a good daycare

For detailed information on how to choose the right daycare, check out this website:

Baby Academy Siena

Are you looking for a daycare in Siena, Italy? Baby Academy offers before and after school care as well as music, art and dance classes for children. The teachers are highly-qualified, friendly and very good with little kids. You can find plenty of age-appropriate toys and books in Italian and English. The facility is safe, clean, organized and well-maintained. For more information, please visit their Facebook Page and website.

Baby Academy Siena #babyacademysiena
Baby Academy Siena #babyacademysiena
Baby Academy Siena #babyacademysiena

Related post: In her post, Mammaprada talks about how to find childcare in Italy during the holiday season.

What important things are you looking for in a daycare? Please leave a comment below and share this post on social media.

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  1. Yukti says:

    Thanks for sharing a very useful post about checking for signs for a good daycare. For me, security is the topmost thing which I would always check it. And then hygiene and proper cleanliness of the premises is also very important.

    1. Thanks for your input, Yukti!

  2. Your daycare looks beautiful. Finding the perfect daycare is such a heavy task that usually falls on moms. Thanks for sharing this great advice!

    1. Thank you, Cindy! Baby Academy is a real gem!

  3. Ok girlfriend the fact that you live in Italy is so awesome and im jelouse lol. But this post was helpful for me . I am opening my own inhome day care and i will def put all this into practice. Its great to see it from other parents perspective. I have huge play room, lots of books, my home is clean and i cant wait to start having the kids come into my daycare.

    1. Thank you, Nadia! I am excited for your home daycare girl! Congrats!!!

  4. Jasmine Hewitt says:

    i personally never liked the ideas of daycares. but you raise some great points to look for

  5. Enrolling my son in daycare is so nerve-wracking! These tips are super helpful!

    1. Yes, it is! Thank you, Taylor!

  6. Angie says:

    Finding the right day care for your family is very important. These are all great points to keep in mind!

    1. Thanks for saying that, Angie!

  7. These are very good points to consider. Luckily, I have not had to utilize a daycare yet. But if I do in the future, I’ll keep these in mind.

    1. Thank you, Marissa!

  8. Such a great post with excellent points. Thank you!

    1. Thank you, Kathryn!

  9. Yeah fallen foul to some of these before, ratio and staff affection are a genuine concern in a few places I’ve seen 🙁 #ThatFridayLinky

    1. You’re right, The Busy Papa!

  10. Your points are spot-on! The teacher-to-baby ratio is a really important point to consider.


    1. Thank you, Veronica!

  11. Oh wow! Siena daycare looks wonderful! Some great advice in this post. I’d also say it’s important to visit and do your research around the local community of the place. #thatfridaylinky

    1. Thank you so much, Han-Son!

  12. Very useful! Thanks for joining in with #ThatFridayLinky

    1. Thank you, Emily!

  13. This looks a fab daycare centre so important to check out beforehand great advice Thanks for linking to #Thatfridaylinky hope to see you next week

    1. Thank you, Nigel!

  14. It’s such a big step taking your children to daycare. Thank you for sharing your expertise with us. I think you can learn a lot about a place on how the adults interact with the children and, particularly how they interact with your new child when you go to visit. #blogcrush

    1. You are right, Lucy! Thank you for your comment!

  15. Great tips. Childcare is one of the most important decisions parents have to make so it is best to be prepared. Thanks for linkingup with #globalblogging

    1. Thank you, Laura!

  16. Thanks for sharing a very useful post about checking for signs for a good daycare. For me, security is the topmost thing which I would always check it. And then hygiene and proper cleanliness of the premises is also very important.

  17. What great advice for choosing day care for our kids. Mine are a lot older now, but I will certainly be sharing this post with my friends currently looking for childcare.

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