How to choose the right daycare

For hardworking parents who don't have a willing grandparent nearby, a private daycare center may be the only option for childcare. When it comes to choosing the right childcare facility, cost might be the first thing on your mind. Once you have budgeted a certain amount for a daycare, your next goal is to identify the best possible facility in your price range. 

Safety is always a priority. Finding a safe daycare requires quite a bit of effort by parents. While there are a dozen things to consider and look into, we have learned, throughout our time in handling daycare injuries in Texas, that there are two very important things to look into when researching daycares for your child. 

Of all of the important things to consider, start with these two very important qualities when looking at which daycare is best for your child: 

1. The child-to-caregiver ratio. While Texas law sets minimum standards for caregiver ratios, it's always preferable to have more caregivers caring for fewer children. The simple truth is that the minimum standard required by the state of Texas is not good enough. Not only is it not good enough, but it is also one of the most often violated Texas laws by childcare facilities. Your goal should be to find a daycare that goes above and beyond the minimum standards on the child-to-caregiver ratios in Texas. 

2. The condition of building and equipment. To retain a state license to operate a daycare center, the owner or director will have to ensure that the building and grounds meet certain requirements. As you can imagine, inspections and repairs of violations do not always happen as they should. Take a complete tour of any daycare center you are considering. Look for unsafe conditions, particularly on the playground where injuries often happen. If it doesn’t look safe to you, it probably isn't.

Ask questions, visit the center, and do your research! 

While daycare centers must adhere to state requirements, all too often, we see facilities take shortcuts and ignore regulations, resulting in injuries. It is worth taking the time to visit a potential daycare, asking questions about how many caregivers or teachers and children they have, and doing your research to make sure they live up to those standards. 

Often, your best resource for a good daycare will be a friend or neighbor who has had a positive experience with a particular place. However, even the best (and most expensive) daycares can fall below the standards. For more tips on finding a safe daycare, download our free guides or give us a call to talk about your daycare options. Our team offers free guidance on how to search for the best daycare for your child because we value safety and health in our communities. 

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Derek Dewitt 02/26/2018 08:33 AM
My wife and I are looking for a daycare center ever since moving, so thanks for the tips on choosing one. I like your point about finding a location with a good child to caregiver ratio. I want my son to get the individual attention he needs, so we'll be sure to look for this.
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Jay Jorgenson 03/23/2021 12:52 PM
It helped when you mentioned that caregivers should never be taking care of many kids and how important is that for the children´s safety. My sister has recently returned to her job after giving birth to her baby daughter and now she is looking for the best daycare possible. I will make sure she knows this information so she can get the best attention for her baby, thanks for sharing.
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Russell Button 03/23/2021 02:30 PM
Thanks for the comment, Derek! We hope your move went well and you were able to find a local daycare that fit your needs with a good child to caregiver ratio. Should you have further questions about the quality of care your son is receiving at daycare, check out the rest of our daycare content or reach out to our team!
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Russell Button 03/23/2021 02:36 PM
Thanks for your comment, Jay! Congratulations on the birth of your niece! Finding the best daycare for her needs involves a bunch of factors, but you've definitely come to the right place. We strive to ensure parents have all the information they need to make a fully informed decision about their children's daycare. If interested, check out our free book on searching for the right daycare.
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