When You Consider Family Daycare HomesDownload PDF

Family daycare homes offer you childcare services in the provider’s home. States differ on the regulations that apply to operating family daycare homes, so it is important that you know the standards that your state or community have established.

Be sure you visit the home and check references before you decide to leave your child with the provider. Check references with previous clients, not just with current clients or friends. Meet the provider’s family. Arrange to take your child to visit the provider you chose so that your child can become familiar with the new environment, thus easing the transition from home.

Don’t feel that you are being nosey or invasive — a good caregiver should expect and encourage your questions and should be able to ease any fears you may have.

Does the provider seem to respect the children and have a sense of humor?

  • Yes
  • No

Does the provider have a substitute?

  • Yes
  • No

Does the provider meet state standards and carry liability insurance?

  • Yes
  • No

Is the location convenient, clean, and pleasant and is the neighborhood acceptable?

  • Yes
  • No

Do the children sleep in cribs or on cots?

  • Cribs
  • Cots

How often are the linens cleaned?

 

Is there a safe, fenced outdoor play area?

  • Yes
  • No

Do the children go outdoors daily as weather permits?

  • Yes
  • No

What are the safety precautions concerning stairs, electrical outlets, cleaning fluids, etc.?

 

Are proper bathroom facilities and first-aid supplies available?

  • Yes
  • No

Does the provider have up-to-date training in first aid and CPR?

  • Yes
  • No

Does the contract stipulate fees and include when and how you must pay (either by check or cash)?

  • Yes
  • No

Do you pay when your child is absent?

  • Yes
  • No

Is there a late charge?

  • Yes
  • No

What is the fee for watching your child after hours, during evenings, and on weekends?

 

How much notice must you give to withdraw your child?

 

How much notice is required for the provider to end services or raise fees?

 

Does the provider have written policies?

  • Yes
  • No

What are the arrangements for medical emergencies?

 

What are the provider’s policies about discipline and illness?

 

Does this set-up meet your employer’s standards for reimbursement for dependent care?

  • Yes
  • No

What holidays does this program observe? (When is it closed?) Does it close with the county on snow days, etc.?

 

How many children does the provider care for during each day or week?

 

Does this meet state licensing guidelines?

  • Yes
  • No

Will your child “fit in” with the other children and program?

  • Yes
  • No

Are specific rooms or areas of the home available to the children?

  • Yes
  • No

Are there sufficient toys and equipment for each child?

  • Yes
  • No

Are they cleaned daily?

  • Yes
  • No

Are there opportunities for story time, arts and crafts, and quiet times?

  • Yes
  • No

Does the provider have a well-organized schedule for each child?

  • Yes
  • No

Which meals are provided?

 

How, when, and where are the meals prepared?

 

Can special foods be served if children have allergies?

  • Yes
  • No

Does the provider transport the children?

  • Yes
  • No

Is the driver properly licensed and insured?

  • Yes
  • No
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