As a newly single mother in a new state, I found that one of the first things I had to take care of was finding quality daycare. The childcare norwalk CT offers is pretty diverse. After all of the trials and tribulations I went through to find the right daycare for my child I thought it would be helpful to other parents, and single mothers especially, to list some things to consider when selecting child care.
1. For the closest child care Norwalk has to offer you, use a map.
This is pretty easy. All you have to do is Google for child care in norwalk and then open up the Google map. Put a little marker on your own house and then visually pick out the other markers for child care which are closest to yours. From there you can further investigate any of the schools that you are interested in.
This is far easier than searching through a list of names, checking out the sites, and then trying to figure out if they are close enough to you.
2. Check professional and informal review sites.
Once you have a short list of the day care centers that are a good fit for you geographically, and which on the surface seem like a good place, then you want to consult other parents. If you are new in town then the easiest way to go about this is by reading reviews on the internet. One thing I will suggest is not limiting yourself to one review site. View both professional and informal reviews to get a less biased picture of the day care that you are considering.
3. Visit the child care center.
Hopefully at this point you have whittled down your list a little. Make calls to anyone still on the list and see if you can drop in to just have a look at the place with your little one. If you are not allowed to visit then do a quick drive by. I will not tell you what to look for here, only that you should trust your gut instincts. Your first impressions of a place will tell you everything you need to know.
Daycare is an incredibly important part of the growing and learning path that your kids are going to be on from today until they are done with college. Or at least we hope. A good day care center can set your kids up for success, so choose wisely.
4. Do not get too attached.
To the school I mean. Be as attached as possible to your kid, they do not stay young forever. Before long you will have to start thinking about preschool! Check back with me in a year and I may have some tips for you then. More can be found here.