Tip #1: Decide how long you want your child to spend in day care.
There are many options available to working moms that can assist them with child care. Day care is an option that lets pre-school age children stay in a safe learning environment throughout the day. Some daycare facilities also accept after-school care for older children. For those who don’t need full day care, half-day care is usually available through facilities that offer Mother’s Day Out programs. A half day program usually lasts from 8 in the morning until 12 or 1, while full day care lasts until 5 in the afternoon.
Tip #2: Always visit a facility before making a selection.
Use Magic Yellow to find listings of nursery schools and kindergartens in your area. Since you are going to be trusting these people to take care of your child, always visit the school before making your final selection. Pay attention to the way the caregivers interact with the children. Ask about what types of specific programs they have to offer children. For example, do they have storytime? Do they provide lunches or must children bring their own?
Tip #3: Don't wait.
In some areas, both kindergarten and preschool classes are offered in both public schools and private academies. The decision to attend public or private school starts now. While all children are required to attend kindergarten, it is exceedingly difficult to find an open spot for a preschool program at a public school. This is because unlike private schools, the preschool class is free. If you decide that you want to go the public school route, you will need to enroll your child as soon as possible.