If something just doesn’t feel right about your situation for your family, investigate other options. Have a trial period. If you are considering enrolement at a centre or in a service provided in someone else’s home, have some small visits with your child before starting and stay with your child to observe. If you are employing a nanny or caregiver in your own home, ask the person to come for just an hour or so over three to five days or to do some childcare for you during the weekend.
Iram Siraj-Blatchford of London University’s institute of education said research gave parents a valuable tool for recognising a good service. “You should observe the centre for a whole morning. Look at the relationships between adults and children. Are they warm and responsive? Are the children just sitting there or are they pro-actively engaged?” If a service does not live up to your expectations or if you find it does not work out as well had you had expected, put your child first, and do not feel embarrassed or shy about withdrawing your child. If you think your child may be experiencing harm or is at risk discontinue using the service immediately.”