When you have a child with special needs there are always unique considerations when it comes to child care. You need to find a safe environment and you also need to make sure that their needs can be properly looked after.
If you're about to put your special needs child into child care for the first time, you may not know where to start. Take a closer look at how you can go about selecting daycare facilities.
Identify Your Child's Needs
At this stage of the process, it's useful for you to get out a pen and paper. Write as much as you can about what your child needs to thrive daily. Jot down all the things that they will need help with.
Think about the kind of provider that you want for your child, and list the qualities that you wish them to have. Select the hours that your child will need the services of the provider.
Create a List of Available Programs
After you have finished jotting down what your child needs to feel comfortable daily, the next step is to make a list of available programs. This is where you need to do your homework. You will need to do thorough research to make sure that you only list providers that will understand all the needs that you have written down for your child.
Once you have identified all the right programs, you can call them to find out more about what they have to offer and discuss the needs of your child.
Go for a Tour of the Facilities
After you have spoken to the providers you should have a clearer picture of the programs that may be suitable for your child. These are the ones that you should arrange to tour. Some of these facilities may offer you a virtual tour but if you can get a physical tour then go ahead and do so. It will give you a firmer grasp on whether or not the program is right for your child.
Selecting the right daycare facility when your child has special needs can seem a bit overwhelming. It doesn't have to be, all you have to do is have a clear picture of what your child needs daily to thrive and be happy.
Once you have done this, identify the providers that can meet your child's needs and then take a look at their facilities before making your final decision.