Childcare considerations while in recovery

Jun 13 2019

Childcare considerations while in recovery

Recovery and rehab is a long road. It’s even longer if children are along for the ride with you. We want the best for our children: if you are in recovery, there are appointments and meetings that you cannot miss. These vital steps to recovery must be taken and often you must take these steps without your children. Your children need care that keeps them safe, healthy, and learning. And you need a Child Care provider that supports you as your child’s most important teacher and works with you to ensure your child’s healthy development and learning. When you have peace of mind that your child is safe, happy, and learning, you can focus on your work and providing for your family.

There are many types of Child Care to choose from, and it is important to find a provider that fits the needs of your child and your family. When choosing Child Care, there are many factors to consider including price, availability, quality of care, and location.

4 Tips to Finding the Right Child Care

  1. Get a Child Care Check List. Your local CCR&R can help you find the right child care for you and your family. They will talk to you about the different types of childcare providers in your area, ask you questions about you and your child, and create a list of child care providers for you to contact based on your child care needs.
  2. Do Your Homework. Check out the provider before you call or visit. Look for or ask about the following information to see what standards a childcare provider is following:
    1. Licensing report and health and safety inspections
    2. Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS)
    3. National accreditation information
  3. Call Providers. Call the providers you wish to visit and make an appointment. Ask questions before you visit to make sure you are visiting providers that meet your needs.
  4. Take the Tour. Write down questions you want to ask and use this checklist to help you make the right choice for your family. Ask the childcare provider for references and ask questions about the other families’ experiences with the program.

Child Care FAQ

Asking key questions can make all the difference when deciding if a Child Care provider is a fit for your family: among the top considerations would be the hours and location, especially if you have appointments and meetings at various locations.

What Should I ask the Child Care Provider? 

  • Is the program licensed? Ask to see the license.
  • What are the hours of the program?
  • Is there currently an opening?
  • What are the provider’s qualifications and training experiences?
  • What’s the adult-to-child ratio?
  • Are visits from parents allowed and encouraged anytime the child care program is open?
    • If not, you should consider a different program.
  • What is the schedule of a typical day?
  • What is their discipline policy?

What Should Child Care Providers be Asking Me?

  • Has your child attended a Child Care before?
  • How long do you expect to be needing Child Care?
  • Does your child have any known allergies?
  • What is your child’s sleep or nap schedule?
  • Are you able to pick up your child in case of an accident or emergency?
  • What are some of the things your child is interested in?

What Info Should I Share with Potential Child Care Provider?

  • Things your child likes to do
  • Your child’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Your child’s favorite activities or toys
  • Explain skills your child is still working on
  • How your child responds to change
  • If your child typically plays alone or with others
  • How your child lets someone know they need help
  • Situations your child finds stressful or upsetting
  • If relevant, share info about your child’s disability or accessibility concerns
    • Explain how this may impact how your child learns or do certain things

If you consider these key pieces of information, your children and your recovery can both develop safely and strongly. Keeping your family together can be a struggle: finding the right support will be key to building a family foundation that will stand the test of time.

References

https://www.childcareaware.org/resources/map/

https://www.childcareaware.org/resources/map/

https://qrisguide.acf.hhs.gov/states