We would all love to be with our children twenty-four hours a day, but unfortunately life doesn’t work that way and entrusting a complete stranger with our children can be a scary thought. To help make the search for a day-care or nursery a little better we’ve put together a few tips that can help you feel more secure with your child care decision.
Make sure the day-care center or nanny is properly licensed. It’s very important to make sure that the center or individual is at least held to a higher standard through Florida’s licensing.
Ask for references. Yes, you may feel a little intrusive by asking for personal references, but any reputable person should have no problem naming off a few references for you to call, and be sure you follow through and make those calls. It can be as simple as “how do you know ___?” “did your child attend ____ day care?”. Ideally you’ll want to find parents of other children rather than someone’s personal friend. Think of it like this… even if you had something to hide you’re good friends would most likely keep quiet about it, whereas a past client would be more inclined to tell you both the good and bad about the individual or company.
Perform a background check. It’s fairly inexpensive these days to conduct a background check and you may be able to find a decent amount of information from a simple google search. Here in Florida mugshots are posted online so in the event that the person in question has a criminal history in the state of Florida it’ll pop-up online.
Ask your friends. Chances are someone you know can recommend someone to you. Post a status on Facebook or shoot a group text out to your mommy friends. Remember, you’re not the first one to cross this bridge so seeking out the advice of your friends will usually give you a good starting point.