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.
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.
A solid relationship with your provider, built on mutual trust and respect, is key in making your child care agreement work out well for everyone. Keep these tips in mind as you begin to build your relationship. Keep communicating on a regular basis. Let your provider know if there is something going on in your child’s life that may be affecting his behavior. Know the program policies, and honor them. Respect the drop-off and pick-up times, and call if you are going to be late for any reason. Express interest in your child’s development and the program they are enrolled in. The more you participate, the more your provider will feel appreciated.
Here are some ways to foster daily communication with your provider: Tell your provider how your child’s morning or weekend went, if he had a hard night, or if anything special happened at home. If there is a change of plans, let your provider know who will be picking up your child that day. At pick up time, ask your provider how she napped, slept, or ate. If you have in depth questions or concerns, set an arranged time to discuss them. If there are changes in your routine, let your provider know where they can be reached. Always keep them updated with all of your contact information and any changes in your child’s health.
Arrive on time, as there may be limited time. Discuss your child’s development and make the connection between home and school. Be prepared and have some notes written down. Find out what you can be doing at home to enhance their learning and development. Stay connected to the teacher. Be open to discussing difficult issues. If you put off a discussion, it will make it harder to bring it up later. Avoid confronting the provider in front of others and never discuss a problem when you are feeling angry or upset. Conflicts are a normal part of relationships, they can usually be resolved when both parties are willing to compromise.