Tips for applying for child care include observing potential facilities, investigating the facilities, reviewing information packets and interviewing the director to ensure that the facility is a good match for the child. Parents and guardians can also request copies of licenses and accreditation if they are not posted at the facility.
Parents can schedule appointments with the director of a facility to ask questions about policies for sick children, whether children watch television at the facility, who visits the facility during business hours and what the director likes about her job. Parents can also ask about available full- or part-time openings, rates, whether meals meet state nutritional guidelines, caregiver-to-child ratios and how much time children spend outdoors.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Association of Family Child Care accredit child care facilities and have their guidelines listed on their respective websites. The National Association for the Education of Young Children has a searchable list of accredited child care facilities on its website. Parents can also call the Child Care Aware hotline to find suitable child care facilities in their areas.
Licensing requirements for child care facilities vary across the United States. Parents can call their local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to find out whether a facility has violations on its record.