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Checklist for Child Care Centers -- Infants

Your visit to several child care programs is a crucial part of your selection process. What you observe during your visit will tell you many things about a program.

  • Take along checklist and questions to ask during your visit to the program.
  • Take notes on your observations and on answers given to your questions by the providers and/or directors. These notes will be helpful in determining further questions, and to differentiate between the programs you have observed.
  • Allow plenty of time to tour the entire facility, both indoor and outdoor spaces.
  • Schedule an initial visit by yourself, and then bring your child with you during your second visit if possible.
  • Make sure to observe the group that your child would attend.
  • Feel free to follow up your visit with further calls to the director or provider. Be sure that all your questions and concerns are addressed so that you can feel confident about the care your child will receive.
  • Ask to meet all of the staff who will care for your child during the day.

 

Name of Center:
Contact Person:
Date Visited:

QUESTIONS:

Do providers spend most of the day interacting with the infants, talking to them, and playing with them? 
YES / NO

Is each infant on her own schedule during the day? (Each infant is fed, changed, and put down for a nap individually, rather than in a group.) 
YES / NO

Are there bright, interesting objects at the infants' eye-level? 
YES / NO

Are infants allowed to crawl and explore? 
YES / NO

Are there baby walkers in use? (These are a safety hazard.)
YES / NO

The providers seem nurturing and affectionate with the children.
YES / NO

The providers take the children outside each day for fresh air.
YES / NO

Children are protected from power sources in all rooms (all electrical outlets are covered, all wires are out of reach, furnaces and space heaters are properly vented and used safely).
YES / NO

All breakable, sharp, or potential choking hazards are out of reach, and poison and medicine are in locked cupboards. There are no dangling curtain/blind cords that pose a choking hazard.
YES / NO

The floors are clean, stairs and doorways are protected with locked gates, and soft surfaces for sitting and lying on are available.
YES / NO

Providers respond to children’s communications.?
YES / NO

Are the children happily engaged in activities?
YES / NO

Would your child be comfortable here?
YES / NO

Are the providers patient and good natured with the children? 
YES / NO

Are the providers experienced with care of infants?
YES / NO

 


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