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Is there a list of specific factors I should look for when seeking full time care for my child?

When it comes to finding the right full time care facility for your baby or child, there most certainly are a list of specifics you need to look for! These are:

Ensure that the environment is safe, hygienic, warm or cool enough, and airy.
Look for a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
Ensure that there are enough staff to care for the children, and that the staff are qualified and experienced enough to do so.
Enquire about staff turnover. Having too many staff in and out of the facility can be unsettling for your child. Find out about what happens when staff go on holiday or sick leave, and ask to see the rosters.
Ensure that there is adequate space for the number of children, and that facilities like sleeping and resting areas are adequate.
Check that health and safety procedures are in place and adhered to during food preparation.
Enquire as to what the emergency and safety procedures are, and whether staff are trained and equipped to deal with accidents and other emergencies.
Speak to staff. For child care to be successful and good for your child’s development, you need to be comfortable to speak to the staff about your child.

Lastly, go with your instincts. If the facility meets all of the criteria for a good child care facility, and inspires confidence in you, then there’s a good chance that it’s a good service.

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