One of the most important factors in choosing child care for babies will be the key person they are interacting with, or what is known as their key worker. This should be the same person every day, to allow your child to develop a relationship with them. They should be engaged in their jobs, and enjoy carrying babies, talking softly to them, and pointing out objects or situations to them. This is important to your baby’s language development later on, and can be seen when you visit a child care facility before enrolling your child. Make a point of spending some time observing the person who will be looking after your child, and watch how they interact with the children in their care.
Even moments like nappy changes and feeding are important to your child’s development, and they should be treated as special moments, where you child can bond with their caregiver, rather than as a chore.
Look for childcare options where your child will be cared for by the same person every day, and find out what happens if that person is sick or away for a day or longer. Observe how babies are handled, and whether their caregivers make eye contact and talk to them, or whether it’s simply a matter of meeting their physical needs. Find out how babies are put to sleep, and what feeding routines are like.
Ideally, you want to find a child care facility that offers your baby as close as possible to the experience that you have been offering him or her at home.