I am a stickler for details. Do they have a written policy about what their actions will be/or have been if a child is molested? By a worker? By another child?
What are their emergency plans when a child is hurt?
Do they wait until they get a hold of me before deciding to take the child to the emergency room, or do they have the common sense to get help? In the past, what have they done?
I also speak to the children and their parents who attend and ask them about the daycare, what they like, don't like, if they had problems and how they were solved.
I have both my dd's in the same home daycare. i love it! The daycare provider is not afraid to pick a child up and hold them and kiss their boo-boo if they get hurt. She never says demeaning nor dehumanizing things to any of the children (like crybaby, tattletale, etc). She is strict in the behaviours she allows in her house, which I like. the children are not allowed to name-call, hit each other, or make 'cliques' (exclude a child from a game), she also is able to provide organized play with the children. When it is nice out, they are playing kickball or T-ball (?), or something that can involve ALL the children (even the babies-sometimes LOL!).
When my children get to daycare, all the other children run up and say "I love you, we missed you, how are you?" and give hugs. When you enter the house, it is so filled with love, kwim?
i do feel a little lucky, but i also give myself credit for actually searching/researching all the available daycares in my area (I think there are more than 20!!).
I visited few where the woman was sitting on the couch and just yelling out orders to children who were only 2 or 3 yrs old. I just turned around and left. I need/want someone who is involved with my children, not just there to make sure they are alive at the end of the day, kwim?
Well, I'll quit, sorry it got long! Hope this helps!