Help & Tips for Choosing a good creche for your baby

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As comes with any new step in your career as a parent, picking out a creche for your baby may seem confusing, complicated and challenging at first. This is why it is important to be active in this process, as it will make you feel better to know you’ve made the right choice for both you and your baby by picking that exact creche, especially if you are not looking forward to separating from your child just yet. Here are some of the guiding steps to help you to go through this process, which I, as first-time mom, found the most useful and reassuring

Check the reputation

The first thing you want to do when choosing the right creche is to make a list of those that would work for you, such as being close to your home or your work, and then ask around. If you don’t know anyone who has any information on the given creche, check it online. There are plenty of forums, groups or ways to find a review of a creche. The next thing you want to do is visit different creches and see for yourself what they look like inside. Talk to the employees and ask them anything you need to know.

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Be realistic but be cautious

Don’t expect the creche to be free of evidence of child play. Walls are bound to be covered in colours just as some toys are bound to be broken. What you want to make sure of, however, is that bathrooms remain spotless and that the employees look like they are taking care of their own hygiene. The entrance to the creche should have some sort of a security system built in, so make a note of that as well.

Check the credentials

Make sure that the creche is licensed and that employees are licensed as well. Talk to them about that and ask them how they handle situations when a child becomes sick. Be prepared to answer any of their questions as well, for example, you have to inform them if your baby has any kind of allergies or food restrictions. This is where comes in handy as it keeps all your baby’s medical records in one place, as well as your whole family’s if you want to, and you can be prepared to tell them what vaccinations your baby has been given up to that point, for example.

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Trust your feelings.

Simply, if you don’t like the atmosphere of the creche you are in, just walk away. Sometimes your intuition can tell you much more than any of the data you collect while researching the right one for your baby. This is why it is important to visit each creche you might be considering. After all, your baby will be spending a big part of his/her day there, so it is important that you actually like the creche you choose.  

All above said, it is best that you are not alone in your decision. Include your partner in finding the best creche for your baby, and try and find someone you know who has a baby in a creche to help guide you through the process. This will make you feel more confident and content with the creche you choose in the end.