Working parents want the best care for their children, someone who will take care of them as well as themselves. Sometimes, if they are lucky, they have the option of leaving their kids with grandparents or aunts and uncles, family they trust will take the best care of their children.

However, sometimes a parent will have to leave their child at a day care. With the incidents that have been occurring all over the world regarding day care and nanny neglect, this can be a frightening task. How do you trust a complete stranger with your most precious pieces of art?

Licensed Day Care Operators
Licensed day care operators are part of a group of professional operators who have timely safety and health inspections regulated by the government. They fulfill certain requirements of the government and are licensed to operate as a home or business day care.

The residential day care next door may be cheaper and convenient for you, but it is not a safe option. Even though you think your neighbor is the best and takes care of your children from time to time, leaving them as the sole guardian of your children is not a good idea. Unlicensed day care operators have no professional training, no inspections and are not forced to create safety standards in their home.

Some tips on choosing a safe day care
It is better to be safe than sorry.

Paying more for a licensed daycare may not seem too appealing to you at the time, but it is the best thing you can do for your children.
Make sure you check out the facility yourself and do not hesitate to ask them to look at a copy of their operator’s license. Most daycare facilities will show you it right away.
Inspect the house or facility yourself. As a parent, anything that does not look right or safe to you should be pointed out right away. Ask about any pets or animals they may keep, and make a point to meet each of the staff members.
A regulated day care should also have a dated health and safety inspection sheet on hand. Again, do not hesitate to ask for a look. Make sure you know what you are reading. If you have any questions, your local health and safety office may have more resources for you to take a look at.
Ask around the neighborhood of the day care regarding the people and the staff. Meet with other parents and children who use the day care facility you are considering. If they have any issues, check them out for yourself. Even if they do not have any issues, remember every child is different, and they need to be able to accommodate your child’s needs.
Once you have chosen a day care, make a point to visit once in a while. Keep in touch with day care staff, and make sure everyone has all of your contact numbers. If your child is old enough, ask them questions about the facility. If you notice any changes in your child’s behavior, you need to investigate further right away.
References concerning day care safety:
http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/oos/cclu/faq.htm
http://www.del.wa.gov/publications/licensing/docs/ProviderHandbook.pdf