Do you have a license to care for children? In Texas it is illegal to operate a daycare from your home without being licensed, registered, or listed with the state. (this includes people that babysit multiple unrelated children regularly in their home) Beware, anyone can say they have a home daycare. In Texas, they must have their License or Registration with the state on display or you can ask to see it, too. If they don’t have one, they are not qualified and you are putting your child at risk.
What is your training and education? Do you have a degree or ongoing training in early childhood education? What kind of activities or learning environment do you provide?
How many children do you care for, and what are their ages? This gives you an idea of the population of children your child will be with and the adult to child ratio.
Are you CPR Certified and trained in first aid? This is a requirement for all registered and licensed homes. How do you put infants down for a nap? Infants should be put down on their backs to help reduce the chances of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. (SIDS)
What kind of sleeping environment do you provide for infants? Asking can be reassuring that your provider is following the rules and regulations the state has provided to protect your infant.
Do you have a background check? If childcare is in Texas, background checks are required for all Registered and Licensed daycares to operate.
Who else is in the home? Anyone else living in the childcare home must also pass a background check for your child’s safety.
If you would like more information on the minimum standards for childcare in the state of Texas, please visit https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/child_care/search_texas_child_care/. It has all the information that child care providers and interested parents should know.
It provides a Day Care Search by area and it also provides you with provider qualifications.
I own a licensed home daycare and enjoy working with infants/children and their families.