Angie's List Report: Finding Quality Child Care

Reported by: Amy Katcher
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Updated: 7/24/2013 11:41 pm
(WDEF) Ashley Wiley is expecting a baby girl this October, and she's already started the search for a child care provider.
     Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "You need to start your search for child care much earlier than you probably even imagine. About the time that you're telling all your family members that you are expecting is really when you should start looking for child care because there's likely going to be a wait list. You also need to be prepared that you're probably going to have to give a deposit as well so just know exactly what you have to do, but starting early is going to alleviate the stress down the road."
     Before you start calling around, create a list of qualifications - sort of like a job description.
     Mother-to-be Ashely Wiley said, "We're working for a combination of three things for a daycare: price being one of the things as well as safety for our child and also location."
     Once you start the interview process, have your children there to see how they interact with the applicant.
     Hicks added, "Finding someone to care for your child is probably one of the most difficult decisions that a parent makes. You want to make sure that you've got your child in a loving, safe environment. But in a recent Angie's List poll, 20 percent of the respondents didn't even check whether their child care provider was licensed or had the proper credentials and that is something you must do."
     Angie's List says you should stay involved and constantly assess your child care arrangement.


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