Finding Quality Child Care
This section is filled with helpful tools to assess your options and find,
hire and communicate with a top-notch child care provider or nanny.
One of the greatest challenges working mothers face is finding quality
child care. Let the Smart Solutions Toolkit help you determine
what child care option is right for you and your baby.
Finding Quality Childcare Section: Part of the Smart Solution Toolkit
Assessing Your Child Care Needs Chart
Finding quality child care starts by knowing what child care options
exist and learning about which option is right for you and your baby.
Review the pros and cons of each child care option, including child care
centers, family home care, nanny/in-home child care and relative care.
Care Provider Interviewing Form and Nanny Interviewing Form
Use our thought-provoking and revealing questions that guide you through
the interview process.
Care Reference Check Form
Once a potential child care provider is interviewed be thorough by checking
previous employment history and references using our Child Care Reference
Baby Log Tear-Off Pad
This 5x5 x 8.5 tear-off pad contains 75 forms for new moms to have filled
out by their child care provider on a daily basis. This tool helps new
moms stay informed about what their baby is doing while they are at work.
Child care providers can track baby’s nap times, bottles, food,
diaper changes and milestones on this beautifully designed pad.
The Smart Solutions Toolkit will help take the stress and worry
out of hiring the right child care provider by providing detailed and
thorough Child Care Interviewing Forms, Nanny Interviewing Forms and a
Reference Check Questionnaire.
Once you have hired a child care provider, you need to stay informed about
what your baby is doing while you’re at work. The Smart Solutions Toolkit
provides a Daily Baby Log Pad for your child care provider to complete. By using
the Daily Log, your child care provider will keep you updated on your baby’s
nap times, bottles, diaper changes, milestones, etc. This tool not only keeps
you aware of your baby’s daily feeding and napping schedule but can also
be helpful if your child gets sick. By reviewing past Daily Log forms, moms
can supply healthcare providers with important information about changes in
baby’s food/bottle intake, sleeping habits, bowel movements, etc. This
log can also be helpful if your child develops a food allergy. When a food allergy
is suspected, pediatricians often ask parents to track food history to help
identify which food your baby is sensitive to.
How and Why Was This Section Created?
When asked, mommypreneur Danielle Novi Heller states that each product found
in her Smart Solutions Toolkit was organically developed by personal challenges
she faced when returning to work after pregnancy. In her goal to help other
working moms be prepared, organized and achieve work life balance, Danielle
discusses why this section is so important for other moms like her.
“In my professional career I have hired and fired many employees. While
I thought I had a strong basis for hiring the right staff person for a particular
position, my years of training and experience gave me little comfort when I
set out to hire my daughter's daycare provider.
Never before had my choice been so crucial. Would my baby be safe? Would she
be loved and emotionally nourished? Would her mind be stimulated and her needs
met? Would she be exposed to attitudes and responses that were consistent with
mine? What environment would be best for her?
If I hired the wrong person or organization, it would affect more than
the company's bottom-line or project completion.... If this job was not
done right, it was my daughter's safety, well-being and development at
stake. That’s when I realized that I had to use both my personal
and business skills in the search process. I developed uniform and detailed
interviewing forms and reference check forms to build a strong and consistent
structure to guide my hiring process. Once I hire the right child care
provider I found that I needed to stay informed about what my baby was
doing when I was not there. I also wanted to keep my daughter on the same
schedule that the child care provider had her on. That is why I created
the Daily Baby Log. This log also helped me identify early food allergies
in my daughter by tracking the foods she ate when she first started eating
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