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5 Warning Signs Your Child's Daycare Is Not Right for You

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Frequent Staff Changes/Inadequate Coverage

Frequent staff changes could be a sign that workers are unhappy and there are problems with the program. Take notice how the staff reacts if you make an unexpected visit, such as during your lunch break. If you are discouraged from doing this, or are asked to call before dropping in unannounced, it may be a sign of inadequate care.

Ideally, daycare staff should be trained in early childhood education in order to nurture your child's skills and development. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends one staff person for every three to five small children, and one staff member for every seven to ten older children. If training in early childhood education is not required of the staff at your child's daycare, or the center is understaffed, it's time to look elsewhere.

In addition, the center's director should be available and easily accessible for parents, staff, and children. If your center's director isn't around during the day and is hard to reach, it's a good indication the supervision at your daycare is not sufficient.

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