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Parents  >  Checklists  >  Child Care Center Checklist

Child Care Center Checklist

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The Program

 

 

Current license is posted

Yes

No

Hours are suitable

Yes

No

Fees are affordable

Yes

No

Children seem happy

Yes

No

Setting is bright and cheerful

Yes

No

Building is safe and well maintained

Yes

No

There is a balanced and clear daily schedule

Yes

No

Activities are varied and age appropriate

Yes

No

Children play outdoors every day

Yes

No

Boys and girls are equally encouraged to take part in all activities.

Yes

No

There are art supplies, toys that "do something" when handled: sand, water, clay, dough, blocks, books, and music

Yes

No

There are scheduled parent/teacher conferences

Yes

No

Parents are welcome to spend time at the center & participate in activities

Yes

No

 

The Staff

 

 

Director is available to speak with

Yes

No

Gives children individual attention

Yes

No

Low staff turnover; teachers do not come and go

Yes

No

Gets along well with children and parents

Yes

No

Responds promptly when children need help

Yes

No

Joins children in activities

Yes

No

Sets appropriate health and safety limits

Yes

No

MAT (Medication Administration Training) Certified: Trained to give both prescription and over the counter medications such as Tylenol, Robitussin, etc.

 

Yes

 

No

Staff has High School or College Education

Yes

No

Staff has Early Childhood Education experience or degree

Yes

No

Center is National Association for the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC) Accredited. (This is not required by New York State, but may indicate a higher quality of care.)

Yes

No

 

New York State Child Care Center Regulations

CPR & First Aid recommended for program director, but not required unless there is a swimming pool

All staff are fingerprinted and criminal background checks are done

All full time staff must take 30 hours of training classes every two years

Center is inspected by State Licensor at least every two years

 

NYS Minimum Requirements for Child/Staff Ratio and Group Size

Age of Child

Staff/Child Ratio

Maximum Group Size

6 weeks - 18 months

1 caregiver for 4 children

8

18 months - 3 years

1 caregiver for 5 children

12

3 years

1 caregiver for 7 children

18

4 years

1 caregiver for 8 children

21

5 years

1 caregiver for 9 children

24

6-9 years

1 caregiver for 10 children

20

10-12 years

1 caregiver for 15 children

30

 

Protecting children is everyone’s job. If you have a concern about a child care program,

         call the Long Island Regional Office of Children and Family Services at 631-240-2560.          

 

 

Children play with toys that "do something" when handled: sand, water, clay, dough, blocks, books, and music