Looking for Child Care?
Here is a list of licensed child care providers in Chaffee County.
Choosing child care for your child can be a difficult decision. How do you know whom to trust and what to consider? Everyone has different expectations and needs. Here are some questions to consider and ask when making a decision.
Updated May 11, 2017
Choosing a child care provider or preschool.
Determine what is important for you and your child
- Do you prefer a child care center or a child care setting in the home?
- Does your child need a structured environment or something more informal?
- Do you need specific days and times for care?
- Is location an important factor?
- How much can you afford to pay?
Review local options
- Visit the child care places you are considering and plan to stay for at least 30 minutes. Consider a second visit at a different time of day to get a better understanding of what is offered.
- Bring your child and observe not only the place, but also how your child responds.
- Tour the entire facility or home to make sure you are comfortable.
- Speak with the caregiver/teacher and ask questions important to you that reflect your needs (see list above).
Think about and/or ask questions such as:
- What is going on around you? What are the interactions like with the children?
- Are there age appropriate activities, toys, and equipment?
- Are there any safety concerns?
- What are the discipline policies?
- What transportation is used and when? Are car seats available?
- Are lunches and snacks provided by the parent or the facility? What meals are served?
- Talk with other parents who are using the facility to get their opinions.
Other questions to ask of potential child care providers.
- Is the program licensed? For how many children?
- What training or experience does the provider have?
- What CPR and First Aid training does the provider have?
- When was the last inspection? What concerns were mentioned?
- How many children are enrolled and what ages?
- What is the daily routine/schedule?
- What is the ratio of children to providers?
- What is the policy for illness, safety, and injury prevention?
- What is the total cost?
- When is payment expected?
Once you make a decision, continue to stay involved. Visit regularly to make sure the place and the program meet your expectations and your child’s needs.