What to do first
It is a good idea to start by creating a list of possible childcare service providers. This can be done online, but it is not covered in this article. However, you should be able to make a list of at least ten local childcare centers by using a search engine.
Next Step: Filter down the Undesirables
Contact each childcare centre in Rozelle and complete a checklist. Before you call or email any childcare company, take some time to think about the things you would like to find out from them. Talk to your partner to find out if there are any additional questions or checks that they can add to the list.
These are some questions that you should ask when creating your pre-visit checklist.
How many children are there per care staff?
Some organizations may have too many children for their staff. Obviously the smaller this number the better but it will usually drive the price up. You will have to make a decision on the staff to children ratio that you are comfortable with.
What fees are they charging?
Ask them specifically to explain all fees and any additional fees they may charge. This is crucial as you don't want to be surprised by the bill.
Do you have a minimum term for a contract?
This is another 'small print' type check. Some childcare service companies make you sign up for a minimum period of time. Find this out and ask if there is an early termination fee.
Next Step – Visit the Childcare Companies
After you have eliminated any companies that don't meet your needs, you can make an appointment to visit those left on your list. Ask questions and take a look around.
Take a look at the interaction between their staff and the children. Do you think it would be a good idea to leave your child with them? Ask other parents to give honest feedback about the center.
It may take some time to speak with other parents without staff, but it is well worth it. These steps will help you narrow down the number of childcare centers that you can enroll your child in if you follow them.