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Daycare Secrets You Don't Even Want To Know

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If you're lucky enough to call yourself a mom or a dad, we're sure you've considered child care at one point or another. Maybe it's because you'd like to keep working after having a baby, or maybe it's because you need some "me" time throughout the week. Whatever the reason, it's definitely important to consider every factor when it comes to choosing a daycare. No matter how much research you do, you should consider: What secrets is your daycare hiding from you?

If you live in the US and are trying to find the perfect daycare for your child, we can guarantee that you've most likely hit some roadblocks. For instance, did you know that most daycare teachers in the US are under qualified? Or that the employee turnover rates at most daycares are abnormally high because daycare teachers are paid atrociously? Not exactly comforting when considering who you want to watch over your child. In addition to staff problems, some daycares also employ pretty lax security policies, feed your children less than nutritious lunches, and provide activities for your children that actually stunt their emotional and physical growth, rather than help nurture it.

Though we're not saying all daycares are bad (and most of them are not), we do hope you take this daycare secrets list into consideration when choosing the perfect center for your child. Factor in some of these daycare secrets so your child can reach full potential!

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    Daycare Rules Are Not Meant To Be Broken

    Rules and routines are essential when it comes to operating a daycare. A good daycare must have specific guidelines regarding their various daily operations and also how it handles emergencies. There should be rules regarding the number of days it is open for daycare, the total daily working hours, and in an overtime necessity, what rules there are to be followed. Like your child, having rules makes for a better experience. 

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    Your Child Tells Their Daycare Everything

    Similar to a parrot, most children are experts in repeating everything they hear. If your child is old enough to speak, your daycare will hear everything that was discussed around the dinner table the night before. Even when you think you're telling your daycare worker the latest family news, that look of surprise on their face is usually a bit rehearsed.

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    Tour Your Daycare's Location, But Not During Nap Time

    Touring a prospective daycare is vital, however, you should not schedule a tour during naptime. This allows the facility to dim the lights (concealing how dirty the center is) and keeps you from seeing how teachers and kids interact. In order to get an accurate look at a daycare, you must tour the facility when things are up and running. 

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    Check The Facility's Bathrooms While You're Touring

    While touring a potential daycare, be sure to use the bathroom, even if you don't have to go. The bathroom is a good indicator of how clean the rest of the premises are. If they skimp on cleaning the bathroom, it's almost guaranteed that the rest of the facility is treated the same.

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