If you are considering a group child care arrangement, ask for a
complete written list of policies. Ask questions if all of your answers are not
answered by documentation. You will need to know basic facts about the center
as well as details about safety, rules, activities, and what's expected of the
Payment, including amount, due date, and reasons why extra fees might be charged
Hours of operation and
Security procedures, such as sign in/sign out of
When a child must be kept home or sent
Notice requirements for ending arrangement
Severe contagious illness (such
Staff training: First aid and CPR
Is any food prepared on-site? If so, in what area?
Are meals and snacks nutritious?
Are there restrictions on
what food can be brought in?
are toilets, sinks, and countertops disinfected?
How often are
floors and carpets cleaned?
How often are toys disinfected?
Rules for children
Are there behavior policies and rules in place?
If so, what are they?
How are children disciplined? How is physical
Are toys from home allowed?
Record-keeping: Are the children's records kept
in a private but easy-to-access place?
Parent involvement and
expectations: Are parents invited to be on committees or on the governing body
of the child care center?
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.