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Choosing Childcare For Dummies Paperback – November 21, 2003

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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (November 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764537245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764537240
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,179,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finding high-quality childcare is no easy task. The best daycare centers often have long waiting lists and cost as much as college! Thankfully, Choosing Childcare For Dummies will set your mind at ease with practical advice on finding reliable childcare ? whether you need family daycare, a daycare center, or even a nanny.

Praise for Choosing Childcare For Dummies

"Ann Douglas?s latest book with its great insider tips on finding the best childcare based on your unique child and family needs will save parents dozens of hours in this often frustrating quest."
—Stacy DeBoff, author of The Mom Book: 4,278 Tips from Moms for Moms, founder, www.momcentral.com

Discover how to:

  • Evaluate health and safety practices
  • Transition a child into day care
  • Assess a child?s needs for a caregiver
  • Interview caregivers
  • Notice warning signs

About the Author

Ann Douglas (Peterborough, Ontario) is one of North America's foremost pregnancy and parenting writers.  She is the author of 18 books including The Mother of All Pregnancy Books, The Mother of All Baby Books, and co-author of the highly popular The Unofficial Guide to Having a Baby  and many more.  Her books have been spotlighted in such magazines as Parenting, Parents, Working Mother and Good Housekeeping.

More About the Author

Ann Douglas (1963-) is the author of numerous books about pregnancy and parenting, including The Mother of All Pregnancy Books (second US edition: July 2012; second Canadian edition, July 2011) and The Mother of All Baby Books (second Canadian edition, October 2012). Her latest book -- about parenting a child who is struggling with a mental, neurodevelopmental, or behavioural challenge -- will be published by HarperCollins Canada in January 2015. Her websites are www.having-a-baby.com and www.anndouglas.ca and her Facebook Page is www.facebook.com/themotherofallbooks. You can follow her on Twitter at @anndouglas.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bridgette Carpenter on March 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
Here it is 2011 and so many parents have no idea what "quality child care" actually is. Busy, overwhelmed and stressed working mothers are still blindly believing the spiels that these savvy center directors are delivering. Sure, there are many, many child center directors out there who may visionary managers who strive to provide the best care possible for these precious children. On the other hand, there are plenty of center directors out there who don't seem to have the children's best interests at heart. These misguided directors are pushed by the owners to keep costs way down so that they can maximize their profits. Since the youngest children in their care don't have voices of their own, it is so easy to exploit their vulnerability. If you have a child in day care who is under the age of three, you must educate yourself about how to recognize poor to mediocre quality child care. Children over the age of three are more likely to tell you, or demonstrate to you via body language, that they're not happy with the care they're receiving at day care. The younger ones may not be able to express to you that they're not receiving the best possible. They may not be able to tell you that they're being mistreated or neglected. Lots of times, the problems with poor quality child care are not easy to detect. Even those of us who are very savvy consumers and smart business women may not be able to tell if a child care center is offering the best quality care for our precious children.

Here is a very, very important clue to look for in a quality child care center. It involves how parents can monitor their child's classroom without being detected by the day care teacher or her students:
1. Does your center have state-of-the-art intercoms in the classrooms?
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