A majority of working moms must make the decision on where to send their children to daycare or preschool. As any mom would agree this is not a choice that should be made lightly. The first step is to compile a list of potential childcare options and narrow it down with these five aspects. Two ways to get started on this initial list is search for daycares in the Winston Salem area on the internet and ask friends and family members for names of ones they use.
Below are five major points of what to take into consideration when choosing a daycare or preschool described more in depth. These five factors can give moms peace of mind that they are being completely through in deciding where to send their child to school. The five points are location, quality, security, price and schedule flexibility.
The initial factor in determining a daycare and quickly removing not probable schools from the list is location. Where a daycare is located in relation to home and work is an important notion to think about. For those who have longer work commutes the decision will have to be made on which place the daycare should be closer to or maybe in the middle. An imperative situation to take into consideration in this scenario is if a child gets sick and needs to go home early then having a school closer to work would be a safer bet. Upon initially starting school it is very common for kids to get the “daycare crud” from time to time. However, if the job requires less time at the office then maybe one close to home would be a good choice. Regardless of the decision that the school should be closer to work or home, the best bet would be to select a childcare provider that is on the way from home to work and not out of the way. After the end of a long day of work no mom wants to have to drive the extra miles if it can be easily avoided.
In NC there is a rating system of daycares that can be a good starting point in learning about the options available and what each school has to offer. To learn more about this star rating system click here. Using this rating can help avoid the schools that are not worth taking the time to further investigate. The next step would be to visit the schools on the list. Always keep in mind first impressions and instincts of a place and its employees as these are usually the best finale deciding factors. A good question to ask when interviewing schools is their hiring process of teachers and what credentials they look for.
When visiting schools make sure to check out what security systems they implement. Most daycares have locks on the main doors so that family members and employees must enter a code to get into the schools. Also for when they are older and use the childcare facility for afterschool care go ahead and check into what transportation options are available to close by schools. For instance, Childcare Network in Lewisville provides transportation to the following schools: Lewisville, Meadowlark, Southfork and Southwest.
Of course money is always going to be a factor, especially given the prices of daycare today. However, do not let this be the only deciding factor in choosing a daycare. There are many agencies out there that can help pay some towards the childcare fees so do not feel tied down to picking a cheaper one. Forsyth County Department of Social Services is one provider of subsidy and childcare aid. To learn more click here. Do keep in mind though that these programs often have strict regulations so always make sure to be very through in all the paperwork and know all stipulations before agreeing. NC also has a program formally known as More At Four but now is referred to as NC Pre-K. For more information click here.
Finally, for those who do not have the normal 9 to 5 five days a week job there are options out there of schools that have flexible hours and schedules. Many preschools, especially those run by churches, have half day schedules; which is perfect for those people who have part time jobs. La Petite Academy with its multiple locations in the Winston Salem area offers a variety of schedule options.