Look for Someone Who Wants to be a Provider.
Ask why she/he became a provider and see how the provider seems to feel about this work — is it out of a commitment to children or merely a sense of obligation to the parents?
Look for Someone Who Seeks out Opportunities to Learn About Children.
Ask if the provider has ever taken training about children or child care. Does she/he read things about children or watch programs about them on television?
Look for Someone Who Plans Experiences for Children.
Ask the provider to describe a day caring for children and see if her/his approach has any prior planning.
Look for Someone Who has a Support System of Other Providers to Turn to.
Does she/he belong to a family child care association or have other providers to talk to?
Look for Someone Who Follows Standard Business Practices.
Does she/he ask you for a phone number where you can be reached during the day, make sure your child is immunized, and have a schedule for being paid?
Look for Someone Who Is Regulated.
Although parents and providers don’t always think being regulated (licensed or registered) by the state is a sign of quality, The Study of Children in Family Child Care and Relative Care**** shows that it is. Providers who are regulated are more sensitive and responsive.