Good child care also involves a close working relationship between the
parents and the caregivers. Some of the parents' responsibilities are as
Provide the director with complete enrollment information as required by
the center including transportation plans, emergency medical, health
records and immunizations, etc.
Tell the caregiver any special needs your child may have including food
allergies or dislikes, problems with naptimes, toilet habits, favorite
toys and games, etc.
Know the qualifications and experience of the people caring for your
Discuss with the Director the center's policy for discipline-there
should be no spanking, hitting, or humiliating treatment
Receive, read, and refer to the center's written operating policies
Sign your child in and out as required
Be on time when picking up children. Notify the center if you plan to be
Never send your child to the center sick
Notify the center if your child will be absent for any reason
Know the cost of care and what is included in the fees. Obtain, in
writing, the payment schedule. Are fees paid in advance, paid weekly or
monthly, provide break for more than one child, holidays, etc? Pay fees
Dress your child in clean, neat clothing that is appropriate for the
weather. Send extra clothing for necessary changes.
Know the center's procedure for giving medication to children
Participate in the center's parents' meetings, conferences, and other
Talk with the caregiver if you have concerns or problems. Talk about
your child's progress, participation, and activities at the center.
Encourage your child to talk about his or her center activities.
Visit the center during the time your child is in attendance.
Become familiar with the state's child care standards used to license
Report suspected violations of minimum standards to the center Director
and the Department of Human Resources.