Screen preliminary caregivers: If choosing licensed child care, you should contact Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services at 320-231-7800 for public records of the provider. The county’s records included any complaints and what was found during investigation, correction orders, and any type of negative action on the license or disqualification on anyone living or working in the household. Check if there were injuries leading to medical attention.
For child care centers, see the Minnesota Department of Human Services' Licensing Information Lookup.
Setting up an interview: After selecting a few providers that meet your criteria, your next step is to set up interviews. When first calling a provider, you will need to tell the person the age of your child, the type of schedule you have and the date you need to start. You will want to ask about the following:
If you are satisfied with the phone interview, schedule a face-to-face interview, so you can discuss the program and any concerns you have regarding your child’s care. Read a list of possible interview questions.
Visit a provider at work
After interviewing, you may schedule a visit where you can view the caregiver and children interacting. You should schedule a visit during the times the child care is normally operating. You will want to pay attention to the following:
Get your child acclimated: Once your choice for provider has been made, you should schedule a time for your child to be at the setting for a short period of time to see how they will handle this new experience. You should plan to spend some time during these trial periods, so you can further observe how the caregiver will handle things. If during this time, you observe anything that makes you feel uneasy, you should talk to the provider to see if any changes can be made. If you feel uneasy, you may want to reconsider your arrangement.
Revisiting Your Decision
Stay up to speed: As soon as you determine who you want to care for your child, you can start taking steps to keep up to speed on your specific day care and day care guidelines in general. Take these tips into consideration from the get-go:
Follow up in a few months: Now that your child has been under someone else’s supervision for several months, take an opportunity to re-evaluate the provider. Start by talking to the provider and asking any important questions you may have. You may want to see if they are current on their required training or have plans on completing any training in the near future. You can also call the provider every once in a while to see how your child’s day is going.
While such straightforward questions can be helpful, some of your re-evaluation of the day care can be done through simple observations.