Infant Child Care: What to Look For
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When you place your baby in the care of someone else, be it family child care, a
center, a relative or friend, the key to your peace of mind is trust. The more you trust
the caregiver, the more secure you will feel.
Here are some questions to ask:
DOES THE CAREGIVER :...
- Have child-rearing attitudes similar to yours?
- Have training to understand what children can and want to do at different stages of
- Spend time holding, playing with, and talking to your baby?
- Have enough time to look after all the children in care?
- Welcome visits from parents at any time?
DOES THE HOME OR CENTER HAVE: ...
- A license?
- Only a few children?--remember, infants do better in small groups.
- Does the center have a clean and comfortable look?
- Equipment that is safe and in good repair?
- Nutritious meals and snacks, if provided?
ARE THERE CHANCES FOR CHILDREN ...
- To be held, cuddled, rocked, smiled at, and talked to?
- To relax and rest when they need to?
- To crawl and explore safely?
- To play with objects that develop their senses of touch, sight and hearing, such as
- mobiles, mirrors, rattles, things to squeeze and roll, pots and pans, or soft toys?
- And, are there chances for children to learn language through the caregiver talking to
the child, naming things, describing what he or she is doing, and responding to the
XPLOR Guide Sheet gh 6233 -
Finding and Selecting Good Child Care: A Guide for Parents Returning to Work
Nina Chen, ChenN@missouri.edu
Regional Specialist, Human Development
Jackson County, Missouri
University of Missouri Extension