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Program Name: Beginnings Early Development Center
Program Type: Child Care Center
Address: 105 S California Ave
Hastings, NE, 68901
Phone Number: 402-462-4453
Step: 4

School Age Questions

Things to Look for

  • Are the ratios and group size appropriate for my child’s age?
  • Is the setting appealing with comfortable lighting and an acceptable noise level?
  • Is the environment sanitary, safe and accommodating for the special needs of children?
  • Are toys and materials well organized so that children can choose what interests them?
  • Is a daily schedule posted, using pictures and visuals, so that children can anticipate what will happen next?
  • Do they answer children’s questions patiently? Do they ask children questions?
  • Do caregivers lower themselves to the child’s level to engage with them?
  • Do the caregivers seem happy? Are they positively interacting with each other and you?
  • Do caregivers speak, sing and read to the children?

Questions to ask

  • Am I welcome to drop in at any time?
  • Do children have the ability to be involved in the creation of their daily activities? Is play prioritized?
  • Which activities do your children enjoy the most?
  • Is there a primary caregiver for my child?
  • What is your illness policy for children and teachers? What is your substitute teacher policy?
  • What are meals like?
  • What is your staff turnover rate?
  • What training do staff members have in child development?
  • How will you communicate with us about our child’s learning and development?
  • How do you assess children’s skills, strengths and needs?
  • How do you track developmental milestones?
  • How do you keep your children engaged with learning?
  • How do you adapt learning activities to meet the needs of each child?

My priorities

  • Are they active on social media?
  • How do they handle daily parent communication?
  • Do they share my values?
  • Do they accommodate special diets?
  • How close is this provider to my home or work?

Notes

  • Would I feel good about leaving my child here?
  • Would my child feel good about coming here?
  • What is the outdoor play space like?
  • How did I feel about the director? Were they accommodating to my questions and needs? Do they seem flexible and eager to work with me?
  • How was the energy of the place?