Many new parents find themselves with a dilemma in their child’s infancy: how will childcare work? This becomes especially pressing after a mother has (hopefully!) had a few weeks off of work to recover from pregnancy and childbirth, and must decide who will care for her baby if she, like most mothers in America, return to work soon after birth. While many families would agree that an ideal situation would be to have one parent stay home or to have a willing grandparent look after the baby, that is unrealistic for many. This leaves parents with new babies searching for the best infant care option for their little one.
At Lil’ Rascals Academy, we offer infant daycare that you can depend on. We care for babies who are six weeks or older in our four daycare locations in South Florida. Keep reading to learn how to choose the best daycare center for your baby!
Schedule A Tour
The first thing you should do when choosing an infant daycare program is to schedule a tour of the facilities. Lil’ Rascals Academy is happy to offer free tours at our four locations so you can feel comfortable with the environment you are choosing for your baby.
During your tour of our facility or another, ask any questions you may have and get to know the caretakers who will be looking after your baby. Look around the infant room for red flags: Is the room clean? Is there a good caregiver to infant ratio that ensures your baby gets the one-on-one attention they need? Are there toys that could be dangerous for babies? Is there a plan in place for emergencies? What does an average day look like at the center?
Decide What You Want For Your Baby
Next, decide what factors are important for your baby. Do you want an infant daycare that provides a clear schedule or would you prefer a more loosely structured daycare? Will the daycare allow you to send pumped breastmilk for your baby or do they require formula for feedings? If you use cloth diapers, is the daycare accommodating of this?
Take some time to write down your goals for your baby’s daycare and find out if the infant care facility you are looking at will meet these goals.
Choose A Convenient Location
Do you want an infant care center that is down the street from your home, or would you prefer one that is just minutes away from where you work? At Lil’ Rascals Academy, we have four locations in South Florida so you can choose the one that works best for you. With infant care in Davie, Pembroke Pines, Weston, and Cooper City, you have the choice of where your child will be during the day.
Find Infant Care That Supports Development
At Lil’ Rascals Academy, we understand that you are looking for more than just someone to watch your baby. You are looking for a baby care center that supports the physical and cognitive development of your baby. After all, a child’s brain develops at an astonishing rate during the first year of life. They are learning to use their senses, use facial expressions, and use their hands in new ways. It is so important that they are interacting with nurturing and engaging caregivers who can support their cognitive and physical growth during this time.
Choose Lil’ Rascals Academy For Your Baby Care Center
If you’re in need of high-quality infant care in Davie, Cooper City, Pembroke Pines, or Weston, we hope you consider Lil’ Rascals Academy! Not only do we offer baby care for little ones older than six weeks, but we also can continue to provide a familiar environment as your child grows with our toddler, preschool, and after-school programs.
Get in touch with Lil’ Rascals Academy today to schedule a tour of our infant daycare facilities!