4 Signs of an Unsuitable Child-Care Program

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1. The child-care provider asks you to call ahead if you plan to pick up your child early. Parents aren’t allowed to drop by unannounced. Quality child-care providers have an open-door policy for parents; if yours doesn’t, keep looking.

2. The program fails on the health and safety front. You’re greeted at the door by a toddler who appears to have gone AWOL. Once you track down a staff member so that you can hand over the child safely, you might as well exit stage left. There’s nothing more to see here.

3. When you ask for references from other parents, the centre staff come up short. The most useful reference is from a recent parent as opposed to a current parent—they won’t feel quite the same pressure to provide a glowing reference.

4. The playground consists of a fenced-in concrete slab. Kids benefit from being in nature. And staff at a quality program have all kinds of creative ideas for bringing a bit of nature to that slab. If there’s no playground at all or no indication that outdoor play is part of the program, that’s an even bigger problem.

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7 Signs of an Awesome Child-Care Program
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2 responses to “4 Signs of an Unsuitable Child-Care Program”

  1. adoptee says:

    It is important that you understand the huge trauma you inflict on a child when you seperate them from their natural family and their heritage. “The horrors of WAR pale in comparison to the loss of a mother – Anna Freud”. There is no greater a trauma and is why adoptees are over represented in personality disorders, addictions, ADHD, auto immune issues such as asthma and allergies, criminal behaviour including serial killers. Sadly, this is because of the Primal Wound and resulting PTSD that occurs because the ignorant and self absorbed insist on forcing the child to live a lie – you aren’t and never will be their natural parents. Mourn your infertility and what caused it (usually an untreated STD or selfishness of waiting until you’re ‘older;) and get a dog. No one owes you a child. This makes me sick beyond measure.

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