You'd never hire an employee or be hired by a company without an interview, and you should consider it an important part of your child care search as well.
Don't be shy -- it's common to request a meeting with the director and plan to meet with staff, or with the individual caregiver if that's what applies to your search. Ask questions about the setting, including everything from how vacation schedules are handled to backup care to the philosophy and policies of the center.
It's also important to ask questions about the caregiver, teachers and staff. Here are just a few to get you started:
- How frequent is staff turnover?
- What kind of training and licensure do they have?
- Is the center accredited? Accreditation sounds important -- and it is -- but don't drop a provider from your list just because it lacks accreditation. Sometimes the right fit means more.
Request references and check them, in addition to checking criminal and work history.