Is the Daycare Entrance Easily Accessible?
Will you have to walk on stepping stones or through the grass to the back or side of the house in the rain and snow?
At AIHD the main entrance is the front door which is a just a few feet from the top of the driveway -- a quick, clear walk from your car to the front door.
Is the Main Daycare Room on the First Floor of the Home?
Does the Provider have to walk up and down the stairs all day?
How far is the Kitchen from the Main Daycare Room?
Will the Provider be able to keep his/her eyes on the children while preparing lunch or warming bottles?
At AIHD the main daycare room is on the first floor of the home and connected to the kitchen. This ensures that the preparation of meals and bottles is quick and easy and that the children are never left alone. My energy is spent on teaching and nurturing your child – not running up and down the stairs hoping that nothing happens to the children while I am away.
Will the quantity and quality of the toys available promote and enable playing?
Will more than one child be able to play with the same items at the same time?
At AIHD there are plenty of high quality toys to keep each child busy and occupied all day. The quantity and quality of the toys is such that the items build on each other and so as the children grow and become more imaginative the different toys can blend together to enable them to build, create and play to their hearts content.
Is there equipment or toys in the yard for the children to spend quality time outside as well as inside?
At AIHD there is a large yard that contains a small village complete with a kitchen and grilling area with plastic food items and cooking and eating utensils and pic nic tables. There are also houses to play in, sliding boards to climb, a water table and a boat, cars and trucks, shovels and buckets, scooters and bikes to ride, chalk to draw with, balls and Frisbees to throw around and miscellaneous items to add to whatever activity the children choose to engage in.
Dropping Off and Picking Up at AIHD.
When dropping off your child do not feel as though you need to hang around and chat. Chances are you're running late and you need to get to work. Simply say "hello" while allowing your child to walk into the daycare room or handing your child to the provider then put your child's lunch on the counter while saying "have a great day" and quickly exit. If your child starts to cry I guarantee that he or she will stop by the time you back out of the driveway. Your child loves you more then anything or anyone and so he or she will pull out all the tricks in the book to spend a couple of extra minutes with you. But it's no big deal - just drop and go.
In the afternoon when you stop by to pick up your child just say "hello" and scoop him or her up in your arms. Grab the sippy cup and your bag say "have a great evening and I'll see you tomorrow" and head out. If there are any updates or what not I'll communicate them to your while you are gathering your child and his or her belongings. Don't feel like you have to stop and carry on a conversation - just grab and go.
Do you have any advice for new parents?
When you are present you are "in charge" of your child. Please ensure that you take the lead in ensuring that social norms are followed, that nothing gets broken and that peace prevails.