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FOUR SEASONS CHILDCARE CENTER & PRESCHOOL Your Guide to Choosing Childcare A Special Section Dedicated To Helping Parents Find Quality C  are To Fit Their F  amily’s Unique Needs I AGES 6 WEEKS TO 12 YEARS Quality Child Care You & Your Kids Will Love! • Experienced Staff • Programs for Infants, Toddlers, 2 & 3 Year Olds • 4 Year Old Pre-K Program • Award winning Gymnastics & Dance Programs available onsite • Year Round Activities • After School Programs ENROLL TODAY! Call 568-1140 1639 N. French Rd. • Getzville, NY 14068 www.fourseasonsfamily.com Questions Every Parent Should Ask f you are a first-time parent, choosing the right childcare situation for your child is an extremely important yet daunting task. There are many questions to ask about any child care program, whether center-based or in a family daycare provider’s home. So, where do you begin? The most comprehensive information and most thorough list of questions to ask a provider before making your choice can be found at Child Care Aware of America (www. childcareaware.org). Our local Child Care Resource Network (https://wnychildren.org) is also affiliated with this organization and is an excellent place to begin narrowing down your search. But, what types of questions should you be asking about each child care program? There are many more than we can print here, but you can check out the complete list (if you have an infant or toddler, there is a complete set of questions specific to their care) on the Child Care Aware of America site before taking a tour of any program. • Is the program licensed? • Are there clear check-in and check-out procedures? • What is the adult to child ratio? • What is the class size for your child’s age group? • Does the lead caregiver/teacher have a bachelor’s degree in a child-related field? • Does the director have a bachelor’s de- gree in a child-related field? • Are the caregivers/teachers and direc- tor involved in ongoing training or con- tinuing education programs? • Are children supervised at all times, both indoors and outdoors, even when they are sleeping? • Can caregivers be seen by others at all times so that a child is never alone with one caregiver? • Have all caregivers undergone com- prehensive background checks? • Is there a daily balance of play time, story time, activity time, and nap time? • Do children play for a significant part of their day? • Do children get to choose who they want to play with? • Are children warmly greeted when they arrive? • Do caregivers talk to children and seem genuinely interested in what the chil- dren are doing? • Do caregivers get down on children’s level and speak with them? • Are there different areas for resting, quiet play, and active play? • Is the atmosphere pleasant? • Is the environment clean? 34 WNY Family September 2018