5 Tips How To Choose Child Care

The process of returning to work after maternity leave can be a daunting one for many parents. Add in the pressure how to choose child care for your child while you are at work and it can all seem a bit overwhelming.

It’s a scenario I have faced twice and each time, I’ve learned more about how I could have made choosing child care for my baby an easier process. I’ve also learned a lot more about what to look for in a child care centre.

I’m sharing my tips on how to choose child care for kids with you now.

5 Ways On How To Choose Child Care That Is Right For Your Child - Love from Mim

5 Ways To Choose Child Care That Is Right For Your Child

1.  Plan ahead

The biggest mistake I made first time around was leaving choosing child care too late. My options were very limited.

I had wrongly made the assumption that there would be a number of day care centres for me to choose from and I’d easily find one locally.

So when to start looking for daycare during pregnancy? Well, when I applied for the centre nearest to my home, I was told there was a two year wait list. TWO years!

To get my baby in, I would have had to apply before I was even pregnant. Actually, I would have had to apply before we had even made the decision to start a family.

My advice would be to check out your local child care providers as soon as you start to try for a baby. Get an idea of their application and wait list process and how long they expect you to be waiting for a space.

That way, you can at least look into alternative options if you need to.

2.  Consider all options

We knew from early on that our choice was going to be a day care centre. We wanted our kids to have interaction with a lot of other children, the variety of education and a ‘classroom’ environment as they got a little older.

However whilst I was looking for local care, I discovered that there were many options we could consider from babysitters to nannies, family day care to preschools.

Research all options available to you thoroughly to make a really informed decision.

3.  Get recommendations

Ask your friends and colleagues with kids for their opinion.

Who do they recommend? What did, and did not, work for them?

Just keep in mind that you need to make the decision that is right for your child and your family but it’s always good to consider recommendations and learnings from the people you trust.

4.  Test the waters

When you have made a decision, remain flexible about it.

If after a couple of months, you do not feel that a particular day care centre or carer is right for your child, have a backup plan ready and do not feel bad about making changes.

Rather like trying out a new job, you don’t always know what is going to be right for you until you’re actually doing it. Give it some time and test the waters.

Of course you want to give your child stability, but their overall happiness is often more important.

5.  Keep checking in

Once your child is being cared for, keep in regular contact with your care provider.

Feedback is a two-way street so ask them how they think your child is settling in and let them know your thoughts and any suggestions too. If they provide you feedback regularly, that’s one of the great signs of a good daycare centre or carer.

If you have any concerns, address them with your care provider at the earliest opportunity so that they can be ironed out.

The decision to choose child care for your child is one of the biggest and earliest parenting decisions you will make.

With the right research and an open mind, you can find the right option to work for your child and your family.

What are you best tips for choosing child care? Anything you would have done differently?

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5 Ways On How To Choose Child Care That Is Right For Your Child - Love from Mim

I hope my tips to help you choose child care for your little one help!



  1. Roger Middleton
    / 2:29 pm

    My wife has recently decided that she wants to go back to school and finish her master’s degree, she is currently the one that has been taking care of our kids but with her going to school we’ll need a daycare to take care of them during the week. I really liked your mention of testing the daycare even after you’ve decided one and to have a backup plan ready. We’ve been really nervous about putting our six-year-old into a daycare but knowing that we’ll be able to put him into a different one if the company doesn’t work out will make the process easier.

    • Mim
      / 2:35 pm

      Good luck with it all :)

  2. Rachel Lannister
    / 4:19 am

    My friend needs to find a childcare service, so that their child can get the attention they need while they are busy with other commitments. You wrote that you should get recommendations from your friends and family, as you trust them and they will give you an honest review of the place. I’ll be sure to advise my friend to ask her friends who have similar aged children where they plan on taking their kids, as that could be a quick way to identify a good service.

  3. Bernard Clyde
    / 3:08 am

    I like your tip to keep in regular contact with your daycare provider. I think it’s important that you maintain some amount of involvement so that you can be sure the care your child is getting is meeting your expectations. Plus it can help you develop a better relationship with those at the care center which can be helpful if you have more children that may end up needing daycare.

  4. Burt Silver
    / 4:42 am

    Thanks for the information on choosing child care. My wife and I are trying to find the right service to take care of our son while we are at work. I like that you mentioned to maybe give a facility a test run to see if it works. That is a good idea, we will make sure we give it a try!

    • Mim
      / 9:52 am

      I’m so glad it helped! Good luck with finding the right solution :)

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