Please review Steps 1-3 at the links below:
Step 1: Define Your Perfect Situation
Step 2: Set Up a Tour
Step 3: The Interview
Step 4: Enroll Your Child
If you have completed the steps above by defining your prefect situation, taking tours, and doing interviews, it should be easy to make a decision about where to place your child. Now it's time to do all of the paperwork and get your child enrolled.
Expect to fill out quite a few forms and give detailed information about your child, after all, they will be with this care provider for many hours each day and good communication is essential to create the best situation for everyone involved.
There should be a contract outlining the days, times, and expectations of care provided, as well as the compensation agreed to by both parties. Each care provider should also have a list of policies and procedures that you agree to in writing. This ensures that everyone is informed of expectations and no one is surprised or disappointed.
Immunization records will be requested and any illnesses should be described in detail so the provider can respond with the appropriate level of care.
A very important part of the paperwork to be completed is the authorized pick up form or list. This is the document that informs the care provider of which people you allow to pick up your child. Anyone not on this form attempting to pick up your child should be met with resistance from the care provider. If you can provide a picture of alternate pick up people, even better.
There may be other forms as well, such as a resting schedule, photo release, or allergy information form...while these forms are not mandatory they will help the provider give the very best care to your child.
For a complete example of contracts, policies, and other forms go to http://www.fremontkidsacademy.com/enrollment--location.html
To enroll your child in any program you will fill out forms like the ones mentioned above, complete payment arrangements, and set a start date for your child to attend the program. Keep in mind that it is customary to pay for care in advance but each provider has their own requirements for how much in advance payment is required. Some providers require just the daily rate while others require the entire monthly tuition to be paid in advance.
The next step in How to Find Quality Child Care is actually determining if you made the right choice. Check back soon for Step 5: Evaluating Your Child Care Program
Step 5: Evaluating Your Child Care Program