Choosing Child Care
A Gut Reaction
By Laura Laing
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In the end, the most important thing to do is follow your instincts. “Parents know their children,” Smith says. “And I think sometimes people in my field don’t consider this enough.”
But even if your gut says yes, keep asking questions. “Don’t stop because it feels right,” Smith says.
And if you’re still unsure? Ask about a free trial day or even just a few hours. Sparks’s center offers this to uncertain parents.
Some research and a visit to the center can go a long way to choosing the perfect child care match. But the work doesn’t end there. “Stay as involved as possible,” Van Wickler advises. She did and eventually became a teacher at her son’s center.
“We wanted a center that would act as an extension of our family,” Van Wickler says. And that’s exactly what she found.