Ask an Expert! If you have any questions about child care, please contact one of our knowledgeable consultants at PacificCARE.
Frequently Asked Questions for Parents:
Q: Can you please tell me which is the best daycare to send my child to?
A: PacificCARE can only provide you with referrals. We do not make recommendations. Referrals are given based on information such as type of care you are looking for, hours required, location and the ages of children. Caregivers on the database have met a minimum standard in order to qualify for referrals, however parents must always use their own judgment in making a final selection of a caregiver. (Please see "What is Quality Care?" for more information).
Q: I am going back to work next month and am worried about sending my 2 year old daughter to child care. Is there anything I can do to prepare my child and myself for this very big change in our lives?
A: First of all, you want to find a child care setting that is right for your child. If your child is very outgoing then she may fit in very well with a larger group of children. Or your child may be one who gets overwhelmed very easily in a larger group setting and therefore a smaller setting or family child care setting would be more appropriate. You will want to choose a child care provider who will respect and support your ideas, who will provide a safe and healthy environment and who will stimulate and nurture your child through their different stages of development. Once you have selected your child care provider there are some things you can do to make the transition easier. Before the first day, try and help your child become accustomed to periods of time away from you. Take her to the daycare to let her explore and meet the other children. Send a photo of your family and a favourite stuffed animal or blanket with her on the first day. Do not leave without saying goodbye, saying you love her and that you will be back, even if you know she will be upset. If possible, it might be helpful to have a gradual entry over a period of a week.
Q: When is my child too sick to go to daycare?
A: Your child is too sick to go to daycare when there are the following symptoms: fever, diarrhea, vomiting or the presence of a contagious disease such as chicken pox, pink eye, strep throat or head lice. Mild cold and cough symptoms are usually not enough to stay home. Often you can tell whether your child is up to an active, social day by observing their energy level. If they are more lethargic than usual they may need to stay home.