If daycare is the first time you’ll be leaving your children with people outside the family, you’re going to want to build trust with the daycare you choose. And when you do, you will probably get more benefits than you think. In addition to having more trust in the people caring for your children, they will also have a greater appreciation for you.
How to Build Trust in Your Daycare
Before You Choose a Daycare
Of course, there are ways to have a certain level of trust even before you actually choose a daycare facility.
Do Your Research
You have lots of ways to learn about daycares, what to expect and what to look for. You can start by talking to family and friends who have recently used daycares. Ask them about their experiences and what they would look for in a good daycare. You can also check online for reviews and even articles about daycares in your area.
Your research will reveal a few daycares that you might prefer. Schedule a visit to the daycares that interest you. Talk to the staff, ask questions, see how they and the children interact. It will all help you build your trust and comfort with one daycare over another.
After Choosing a Daycare
Even if you find and choose an excellent daycare, it’s important to keep building your trust in them. No matter how much research you do beforehand, it is difficult to know everything you need to know for complete peace of mind.
Stay in Touch with Daycare Staff
Trust and communication works two-ways. You can’t expect to know more about the people you leave your children with if you don’t talk. And the more you communicate with them, including things like your children’s needs, any issues in their lives, if they had a bad night, the better they will be able to give your children the level of care you hope for.
Talk to Other Parents
Yes, most parents are in a rush in the morning and not ready for a ‘chat.’ But, if you get the opportunity, talking to other parents can give you insight into their experiences and help you learn more about the daycare than you can on your own.
Again, you didn’t put your children in daycare because you have all the time in the world. But, if you’re not working on-site every day, find out if you can help during lunch, or other busy times. Not only will you get to know the daycare staff better, but you’ll get to spend more time with your children.
To find out how more about how to choose a daycare, check out our recent article,“What To Look For When Choosing A Daycare.”