Health Tip: Choosing a Day Care Provider

Be sure to ask the right questions

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(HealthDay News) -- If you send your child to day care, it's important to find a program and people that you trust.

The Nemours Foundation recommends asking these questions of prospective day care centers:

  • Can parents visit at any time during the day?
  • What are the center's policies about caring for sick children?
  • How are children supervised when they're on the playground? Is equipment regularly inspected?
  • What are the alternatives if the program closes?
  • How are children grouped for activities, etc.? By age or other criteria?
  • How are special-needs children cared for?
  • What is the educational background of your staff, and how are staff screened before they are hired?

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