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.
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
- 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)
For detailed information on how to choose the right daycare, check out this website: WhatToExpect.com
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.
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