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Daycare Options in Oklahoma
Selecting a child care provider is an important milestone in your family. You want the care given to your child to be affectionate, appropriate, safe, and beneficial. DaycareOklahoma has done the research for you, and is designed to help you find the best setting for your child and the best solution to your childcare needs.
It is important that your child be cared for in a setting that is stimulating, age-appropriate, and safe. DaycareOklahoma expects its centers to maintain regular safety checks and cleaning schedules to avoid contamination and disease-spreading as much as can be reasonably expected. Toys are washed, rooms are cleaned, care is taken to ensure the center meets all state safety requirements. Child care is far more than clean toys, however, and that is where the staff standards will make a difference for your family. DaycareOklahoma uses state standards for all day care settings, requiring the staff to have the experience and/or education to work with a variety of children in a group setting, without sacrificing the important one-on-one interactions a child needs to develop properly.
Your child is at daycare for hours at a time, so toileting skills, and the hygiene involved, are reinforced. Mealtimes are planned with nutrition and "kid appeal" in mind and the food offered is selected according to state guidelines. Eating, drinking, and cleanliness are life skills that develop slowly over years with consistent reinforcement.
Children learn by doing, and by doing those things again and again. A child in an ordered environment with regular schedules and expectations will gradually learn responsibility and be secure in knowing 'what comes next'. Staff/child ratio is based on the age of the children being cared for so that younger children have more staff available to help them in this growth process. There are strict rules regarding the ratio of supervisors to children at any given moment, ranging from each day care provider working with four or fewer infants, to ten or fewer pre-school children. In a multi-age setting, the ratio appropriate for the youngest children should be maintained so that adequate supervision happens at all times. It is easy to research a daycare setting's staff/child ratio with DaycareOklahoma.
Language skills need regular, consisent, interactive use in order for a child to learn how to communicate. This essential skill is foundational for the rest of the child's life, and caretakers must deliberately interact with each child to spur that growth. If there are impediments that develop, they will be able to note any concerns and work with you to address them. The types of toys available to play with influence a child's language skills, and are carefully chosen for appropriateness.
Creative play, music, and open-ended role play all nurture the imagination and are a part of the complete 'play' package a well-rounded childcare center provides as well as group play, an important factor, and children must be guided gently when challenges arise. Staff members with the experience and education to work with a variety of situations can help your child develop those social skills he or she will rely on in the classroom and workplace. Because the play is always supervised, a trained staffperson should be right there when something happens--and with children, that is always a possibility. Safety rules and procedures are in place and you can easily acquaint yourself with a good center's policy when you use DaycareOklahoma's database.
When you must choose child care, you have the security of knowing that, with DaycareOklahoma, licensed providers are carefully screened and meet high standards. Your children are our future, and their care is worth a team effort as DaycareOklahoma works with you to find a safe, nurturing environment for your child.