Checklist and Questions to Ask
Documents you should see posted
_____ Most recent DHR license, if licensed
_____ Most recent licensing evaluation form, if licensed
_____ Most recent deficiency report, if applicable
_____ Corrective or adverse action notices, if applicable
_____ Most recent fire inspection report
_____ Most recent health department inspection report and food permit or
written permission from health department to cater food
_____ Menu for meals and snacks
_____ Emergency names and numbers for fire department, law enforcement,
medical assistance, poison control center and substitute help
_____ Emergency procedures
_____ Are you licensed or exempt from licensure? Nationally accredited?
_____ Are background checks required for all staff members?
_____ How long has the program been in operation?
_____ What is the staff to child ratio?
_____ How many children will be in my child’s group?
_____ What is your discipline policy?
_____ How do you handle medical, fire and weather emergencies?
_____ May I drop in and visit at any time?
Program Comparison Chart
Childcare Resources encourages you to visit several programs before making a child care selection.
|Program #1||Program #2||Program #3|
|Licensed or Exempt|
|Staff to Child Ratio|
|Tuition and Fees|
|Observation of Classroom/Playground|
_____ Do the caregivers seem to really like children?
_____ Do the caregivers get down on each child’s level to speak with the
_____ Are children’s needs quickly met even when things are busy?
_____ Are caregivers trained in CPR, first aid and early
_____ Are parents’ ideas welcomed? Are there ways for you to get involved?
_____ Are caregivers trained and experienced?
_____ Is the atmosphere bright and pleasant?
_____ Is the outside play area fenced and does it have safe and age-
_____ Is the environment clean and orderly?
_____ Are children involved in a variety of activities with a balance of quiet
and busy time?
_____ Is a daily schedule or a lesson plan posted?
_____ Are there plenty of age-appropriate, clean, safe toys, books
_____ Are toys within reach of the children?