How to Choose the Right Special Needs Daycare for Your Child
Updated: Mar 22, 2021
Are you currently searching for a daycare center that's capable of taking care of your special needs child while you're at work?
There are probably several different special needs daycare options in your immediate area. But you obviously shouldn't trust just any daycare center to look after your child for you.
Whether you have a special needs infant or a special needs teenager, you should do your homework and find the right special needs daycare for your specific child. It'll put your mind at ease during the day when you know your child is receiving the best care possible.
Take a look at some tips that will help you choose the right daycare for special needs children in your area.
Create a List of Special Needs Daycare Centers in Your Area
When you start your search for the right special needs childcare for your child, the first thing you should do is list the different daycare centers for special needs children in your area.
You can conduct a basic Google search to find different daycare centers in your city or town. You can also speak with other special needs parents that you might know to see if they have any recommendations.
Your goal should be to compile a list of as many special needs daycare centers as you can find. This will provide you with plenty of options and give you the opportunity to start narrowing them down right away.
See Which Centers Care For Children in Your Child's Age Group
Not all special needs child care centers cater to the same age groups. There are some that work exclusively with infants and younger children and others that specialize in working with teenagers and even young adults.
Before you fall in love with a daycare for special needs children, you want to make sure they can provide services for your child's age group. You can typically find out which age groups a center caters to by taking a look on their website or reaching out to them directly for additional information.
Find Out About the Services Offered at Each Center
Are there some very specific services that your special needs child will require when they spend their days at a daycare center?
If so, you're going to want to look for a daycare center that can provide you with those services. You should check to see that at least one member of the daycare's staff has experience with the services that your child needs.
For example, there are some special needs children who need someone to provide them with medication throughout the day. There are others who need assistance with things like tube feeding and tracheostomy care.
While you're researching each special needs daycare in your area, you should pay close attention to which services they're able to provide. You should also go beyond that and ask about how experienced a center is when it comes to providing certain services.
Take Tours of the Centers You Like the Most
At this point, you should have your long list of special needs child care centers narrowed down quite a bit. Your list should include a handful of daycare centers that you think might be right for your child.
It'll be time to take a tour of each center to see what they're all about. You should take a good, long look at everything from the front entrance of a daycare center and the lobby to the various play areas and even the equipment used inside of a daycare center.
Everything inside of a center should be clean and orderly. A center should also be large enough for children and teachers to stretch out and go about their business on a daily basis.
If a center feels too cramped to you, it's probably going to feel too cramped to your child, too. You're better off finding a center that has the space your child will need to play, learn, nap, and more.
Speak With Daycare Center Skilled Nurses
A daycare center might look amazing and offer all the services your child needs. But the true test of whether or not a daycare center is right for your child will come when you talk to the director of a daycare center and some of the skilled nurses who work under them.
These are the people who are going to interact with your child day in and day out and set them up with the proper services. They need to be highly experienced, educated, and understanding of what it takes to work with special needs children.
If, at any point, you don't get the right vibe from a special needs daycare director or a teacher, you should strongly consider moving on to the next center. You only want your child spending time with people you can trust.
Consider the Costs Associated With Different Centers
There will likely be a cost that comes along with sending your child to any regular daycare center. However, this type of daycare is covered by Medicaid, so there are no costs to you associated with PPEC's.
Basing your decision on where to place your child with special needs on your budget is not the right approach to take. While PPEC's are covered by Medicaid, you want to make sure that the facility provides the best care possible. Basing your decision on convenience or budget in your area probably won't provide your child with the high-quality services they need.
Enroll Your Child at the Right Special Needs Daycare Today
Your special needs child requires special care. And you'll guarantee that they get it when you pick out the right special needs daycare center.
By doing your due diligence, you can track down the daycare center that will work best for your child. Both you and your child will feel good about it, and you'll feel confident in the care your child is getting at all times.
Contact us to learn more about the special needs child care we can provide for you.