Choosing child care for your children is one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent. Selecting the appropriate type of care is very important to their health and well-being.
Nebraska requires that anyone providing services to four or more children at any one time (from families other than that of the provider and for payment) to be licensed. Licensing requires that the caregiver/teacher and the facility both meet minimal health and safety standards. Most importantly, licensing means that the facility has been inspected by a fire marshal and background checks have been ran on all caregivers.
Please remember, licensing regulations are minimal standards and do not provide any guarantees. As a parent, you are strongly encouraged to visit and evaluate any child care facility you are considering for your child. Spend at least 15 minutes interviewing the prospective provider and visit the facility with your child more than once, with one of the visits unannounced.
A good resource to assist you in choosing child care for your children is The Right Place – A guide to Choosing Quality Child Care.
The following are suggestions for the types of questions to ask and observations to make during a visit to a prospective child care facility.