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Child Care Checklist


Choosing the right child care for your child is not a task that should be taken lightly!   Below are some questions to ask the provider and a formal checklist to fill out for each child care provider you interview.   Bring a blank checklist to each provider interview and later when you reviewing each child care provider you can use the checklist to make a very important decision; Is this child care right for my child?

Questions to ask:


  • In your own words, please describe a typical day.
  • How much TV are the children allowed to watch?
  • How do you discipline your preschoolers?
  • Is there nap time and how long?
  • Do the children play alone or do the preschool teachers normally join in the play?
  • Are there any food programs and what type of food / snacks are served?
  • If you provide transportation, do you use seatbelts or car seats?
  • What about emergencies? How are they handled?


Child Care checklist


Question -- If the provider knows the answer, circle YES, otherwise circle the answer NO.
Please note: Some of the questions don't require you to ask a question but to look around and answer to yourself, YES or NO
   Where are the emergency plans posted? YES NO
   Is there a fire extinguisher and working smoke detector in each classroom? YES NO
   Do you have a child care license and may I see it? YES NO
   Do the children have access to obvious hazards such as dangerous substances, frayed electrical cords, cleaning supplies or medications? YES NO
   Can you show me the toys the children will play with and are they appropriate for each age group? YES NO
   Are there pets on-site and if, yes, are their vaccinations up-to-date? YES NO
   Is all the furniture in good condition? YES NO
   Is your initial reaction positive when entering the child care? YES NO
   Is the child care large enough for active play and is there areas for quiet play? YES NO
   Does anyone smoke that works at the child care? YES NO
   Is the outside play area free of hazards and litter free? YES NO
   Is the outside play equipment in good condition? YES NO
   Weather permitting, do they allow the children to play outside every day? YES NO
   Is there shade available in the outdoor play area? YES NO
   How do the child care providers interact with the children? YES NO
   Is there variety in the outside play equipment and is it appropriate for each age group? YES NO
   Does the provider keep a schedule of activities and is it posted and current? YES NO
   Is proper handwashing being performed after diaper or toilet training? YES NO
   Will daily communication between provider and parent be performed? YES NO
   Do the pre-school teachers seem caring and responsive to the children? YES NO
   Are conflicts between children handled in a positive manner? YES NO
   Do the children seem content and engaged during their activities? YES NO
   Do the children have any choice in the daily activities? YES NO
   Are all providers and staff current with CPR and first aid training / certification? YES NO
   Does the provider allow parents to drop in anytime? YES NO
   Are meals & snacks provider and are they nutritious? YES NO
   Will I be charged when my child is out sick or on vacation? YES NO
   Is there a weekly meal schedule? Does the cost include meals and snacks? YES NO
   Is transportation offered? YES NO
   Is there a fee if my child is picked late? YES NO
   Is transportation offered? YES NO
   If a preschool teacher is out sick, who fills in and are they certified? YES NO
   Do you accept children with special needs? YES NO
   What are your hours of operation and your holiday schedule? YES NO
   Can I participate with activities? YES NO
   Do you offer state subsidized child care programs? YES NO
   Do the children watch TV and how much? YES NO
   Can I participate with activities? YES NO
   Is the type of discipline used appropriate for the age group? YES NO
   Do you provide nap time and how do you handle them? How long are they? YES NO
   What security measures are in place? Do you monitor and lock all entrance doors? YES NO
   Is the heating and air conditioning system working and adequate? YES NO
   Do the preschool teachers receive continued education training? YES NO
   Is the caregiver to child ratio seem correct, does it follow state rules? YES NO
   If you were a child, would you want to spend the day here? YES NO
   Are the children being supervised at all times? YES NO
   Are older children and toddlers seperated during play? YES NO
   Are older children and toddlers seperated during play? YES NO
   Is the fire escape plan posted and current? YES NO
   Are the bathrooms cleaned and stocked with the essentials? YES NO
   Are the bathrooms cleaned and stocked with the essentials? YES NO


Know your provider


This child care checklist is not exhaustive; you can not ask too many questions! However, the above child care checklist is a good start and should provide you adequate questions to ask a family day care, child day care centers and early learning centers. If you like this page, please share it with a fellow parent or post a link on your facebook page.


Child Care Checklist for Parents


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