Tips for Choosing the Right Childcare
GO WITH YOUR GUT. Do a tour.
Narrow it down to five schools and visit
each one. Some schools will give good
customer service, but that's not what
you're looking for. Keep an eye out on
the teachers. Do they look happy? Do
they look frustrated? How long have they
been there? How long has the management
been there? You want some sort of
longevity. You want an educated
director. Not someone who is really
young. It's not babysitting. You have to
have someone who can exercise wisdom and
discernment. Look at the curriculum.
What is your child going to do all day?
There should be something visible that
shows what they are learning.
IN-HOME DAY CARE CONSIDERATIONS.
I would love for a child to be in a
wonderful in-home provider from 0-12
months. They get a lot of nurturing,
communication, one-on-one eye contact,
which is wonderful. In schools, they
In home situations can better meet the
needs of infants. You want to make sure
they're licensed. Visit without them
knowing you're coming. Make sure they're
feeding them, listening to instructions
from their parents, they have MAT
training, CPR certification and criminal
background checks completed. Make sure
they don't have visitors coming in and
out and get recommendations from other
parents who have been there for a year
TIPS FROM SEASON 1 OF AMERICA'S
HOUSE RULES: It's
important to establish a simple list of
house rules that your
children will expect and understand.
They should be written in a positive way
(avoiding the word NO and DON’T), placed
at the child's level and have visual
cues so that younger children can
recognize them too.
CALM DOWN CORNER: This is
my fundamental discipline technique that
children between 2 and 8yrs. It’s a way
to train and teach your child that there
consequences when a house rule is broken
SIMPLE SEPARATION: Is used
to lessen the explosive behavior that
separation anxiety may cause. It is a
quick simple way to get the parents out
the house as quickly as possible with
little to no fuss.
POSITIVE POSTS: (Neva post
It Notes) I believe in speaking life in
children. Leaving posts in their room
with hand written notes on them is a
wonderful way to let your child know how
amazing they are.
DADDY DAUGHTER TIME: To
all the dads out there, take note!
Spending quality time
with your daughter is so important. You
are the role model for your children and
the standard for every man that will
later come into their lives. It’s
nothing like knowing
you are “Daddy’s little girl”.
More Tools and Techniques from past
America's Supernanny Season 1 Series:
Episode 2 |
Episode 3 |
Episode 4 |
Episode 5 |
Episode 6 |
Episode 7 |
Episode 8 |