Quality Care checklist while choosing a Day Care and Preschool

  • Don't just ask your friends and relatives - check it out for yourself. Take your preschooler with you, but do so if he/she is not tired, hungry or sick.
  • Take a quick tour and come back later with more questions.
  • Do not be shy. Talk to other parents and ask for references.
  • Un-announced visits are vital in seeing firsthand, how the school staff interacts with visitors.
  • When was it established and what credentials does the school have?.
  • Check the particulars, qualification and experience of the management body. Is a member of the management always at the school? How approachable is the head of the institution? This makes a lot of difference.
  • Make sure you look at the rooms. Do they have attached toilets? It would be unfair to expect the toddler to walk in to the toilet-block far away.
  • Does the preschool/day care have a daily interaction with the parents to share your child's progress?
  • When you ask for references of other parents from the management, are they readily provided?
  • How long has the present principal / director and the other staff (teaching and non-teaching) been there? Frequent change of staff is not a good sign.
  • What is the Teacher-Child ratio?
  • Make sure you look at the rooms. Do they have attached toilets? It would be unfair to expect the toddler to walk in to the toilet-block far away.
  • How big are the class rooms? How many children are planned in one classroom? What is the space-to-child ratio? More than 20 makes it a poultry farm and not a class room.
  • How many toilets are there in the school? Compare them with the total strength of the school. What is the size? How clean are they? Check for yourself.
  • How big is the indoor (in addition to the class rooms) and outdoor play area? Does it have a large enough Splash Pool, Sand Pit and play area?
  • Are the toys and books adequate? Are the toys child-safe? What brand are they? How often are the toys washed?
  • Enquire about this preschool from the staff of bigger schools.
  • Is the management willing to refund the fee if you are unhappy?
  • Do not just go by the name/brand. You are not buying a product. You are paying for the service. The commitment of the management behind this service is the most important factor.
  • Once decided, go ahead with your decision. After all it is your child. You would only give the best to your child and nothing less.