Undated (WXOW) - Choosing a child care provider is a big decision. You want your children to be safe and secure when you're not around.
Here's a couple of tips from Angie's List.
First, start your search for child care at about the time you're telling all your family members that your expecting. Most daycare facilities have a waiting list. Also prepare to pay a deposit before your child starts daycare.
Second, you want to make sure you've got your child in a loving, safe environment. In a recent Angie's List poll, 20-percent of the respondents didn't even check whether their child care provider was licensed or had the proper credentials.
Before you start calling around, create a list of qualifications. Decide what qualities are important, the skills you want the caregivers to have, their level of education and how many years of experience they have?
Once you start the interview process, have your children there to see how the applicant interacts with them and watch how your children react, too.
Angie's List says once you have found quality child care, your job is not done.
You need to stay involved and constantly assess your child care arrangement.
Spend a few minutes each day to talk with your caregiver about your child and ask your child what he or she does during the day.