Children are at their most vulnerable during their early years. Finding someone trustworthy to care for them when they are several months or years old can be a difficult and emotional task. However, one of the most specialized and reputable programs is Montessori infant care. Montessori care is centered on the fact that the first three years of life are a critical period for cognitive and emotional development.
Whatever form of infant care interests you, follow the three steps below to find the best infant care center for your family.
1. Ask your family and friends for referrals
It’s easiest to start your search by asking people you trust for recommendations. They can share their experiences, what they learned about infant care along the way, and what they think would work for your family. Once you have a list, visit each provider’s website for information and check out review sites for additional insights. You can learn more about traditional infant care and how it compares to more specialized methods, such as the Montessori approach to infant care.
2. Confirm that your care center has excellent management
Your infant care center should be licensed or accredited by a state- or nationally-recognized authority. The center director and staff should have degrees or relevant experience in child care, and shouldn’t have high turnover. If care staff frequently leave their positions, that could be a red flag for poor internal management. Parents should also be allowed to visit to see how the center is run. If the center bans parents from school tours, that could be a red flag for overworked staff or understaffing.
The care center should also be clean and maintained, especially during COVID. Frequent cleaning and sanitization is a must have for a facility that takes child care seriously. There should always be at least one staff present at all times who knows pediatric first aid and CPR, and a procedure for emergencies.
Regarding food, the center should be stocked with nutritious and age-appropriate foods. If your infant will be sharing space with other infants and older children, see if the center has a policy on sickness, vaccinations, and other health concerns.
3. Schedule school tours to confirm your research
Once you have a few potential care centers, schedule school tours to visit the director and staff. If possible, stop by when the center is in session so you can observe. At the least, you should speak with other parents for their advice. They might recommend the center for older children, not infants.
Hill Point Montessori — Montessori Infant Care
Hill Point Montessori is dedicated to building confidence and lifelong skills, starting from infancy. Our infant program serves children 6 weeks to 2 years old. Schedule an in-person tour to learn more about our approach to cultural diversity in Montessori daycare.