Which Church Daycare is the Best for Your Child?
If you’re looking at church daycare programs there are a few things that you may wish to consider prior to enrolling your child. To begin with, not all church daycares are the same.
About the Employees
You’ll want to know how experienced the employees are, even in a church. Don’t let the fact that you’re dealing with a church daycare lull you into a false sense of security.
Employees should have extensive experience in dealing with children. They should also be certified and pass a background check. Background checks will check for any domestic violence, former child abuse, and any sexual misconduct. You would never want someone with those charges in charge of your children when you’re not around.
About Tuition and Fees
Many church daycares give members of the church a steep discount in the cost of daycare. These steep discounts are a great way for parents to save money. Remember, if you stop attending the church, your costs will go up if this is the type of daycare that you’ve chosen.
Keep in mind that many church daycares offer the daycare only to church members, others will offer the services to the entire community. Focus on what works best for you and your specific needs.
How are the toys and other items in the daycare cleaned and sanitized? Is there a spray, are they washed weekly or daily? This information is important, especially if your child has cleaning supply allergies.
Other things to look for are whether or not the daycare is kept clean and sanitary for your children. How is the daycare cleaned? Do the employees clean it or is it done by a church janitor? What are the cleaning standards?
Some will have a church-based daycare curriculum that they focus on during the day, others will simply be like any other daycare. Always ask before enrolling your child.
Church daycares are a great way to get involved in your church. Some of them work on a rotating basis. You would donate an afternoon in exchange for your child being there on other afternoons (or mornings or however it’s set up).
Focus on what you must have and work out from there when you’re considering a church daycare situation. Is it close enough to your home or office? Can you afford it? Are they up to your standards in cleanliness and atmosphere? Once you’ve answered these questions, you’re well on your way to finding the best daycare situation for your child.