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Can provider furnish references? Is the provider licensed? Are providers patient with parents who find it difficult to separate from their children? Does the provider enjoy being with children? Does provider hug, rock, cuddle, talk, and sing to the children? Is the provider knowledgeable about child development stages and trained in early childhood education? Does the provider respect your family’s values and culture? Does the provider regularly inform you about how your child is doing? Are you comfortable communicating with the provider about your child’s needs?
What is the adult-to-child ratio? Does the center have a high staff turnover? Are there opportunities for staff to learn more about early childhood education? Are there opportunities for parents to get involved? Is information shared about how you can support your child’s learning at home? Is transportation to and from school provided? Does the provider’s discipline method match yours? What is the daily routine? Is it too strict? Too relaxed? Are the activities and toys right for your child’s age? Are there plenty of materials and a variety of items for your child to play with? When applicable, how does the provider accommodate children with special needs?
Is the home or facility clean and safe? Is the home or facility cheerful and interesting but not over stimulating? Are there separate areas for diapering, sleeping, resting, and exploring? Is there adequate indoor and outdoor space for children?
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