Cleanliness is the key to keeping daycare healthy.
Good old-fashioned cleanliness can go a long way in keeping a child healthy.
First, make sure the day care has proper hand-washing arrangements. "The
more sinks the better," says Cordell. "Ideally, there would be one sink
within arm's reach of the diaper table and a second one that's used for kid
hand washing in the room." The sink used to wash dirty dishes should also
be completely separate. Also, the day care should require parents to wash their
children's hands right after dropping them off, which will significantly
decrease the number of germs spread.
In addition to keeping your child as healthy as possible, you want to ensure
your child's basic safety at day care. Make sure that background checks have
been done on all providers and on anyone in a day-care home. You should also
ensure that the day care has a secure system in case someone else needs to pick
up your child, says Cordell (for example, a system that authorizes only certain
family members or close friends to retrieve your child when you are not able
to). If you have an infant, make sure that the providers put the babies to
sleep on their backs, which can decrease their risk of sudden infant death