(WTOL) - Finding a daycare provider can be a lengthy process, which is why child care providers recommend parents start looking for one now.
The number of options grow by the day, but the two most popular are larger preschools and at-home daycares.
At larger facility, you will find more children and caregivers.
"There's a lot of different people around, so you can feel confident that your child is not alone with one person, but that they have a great group environment," said Keri Struckholz, the center director at Perrysburg KinderCare.
The Perrysburg KinderCare has used its number to its advantage. The daycare divides up children by their age and has a curriculum to prepare them for school.
"You're going to be working with people who have degrees and have gone to school for this," Struckholz said.
It is easy to research a larger daycare. You can find accreditations and other information online. However, it is still important to visit a facility before you choose it.
"Parents need to feel 100 percent comfortable as they're leaving their children," Struckholz said. "Get an idea of what your child's day is going to look like."
Yet some parents might prefer a smaller environment for their little one. That is where at home daycares come in.
"It's a home setting. It's more of an interaction with one person. They get to know that person," said Melissa Hall, an at home caregiver.
Hall runs her daycare out of her home in Point Place. These kinds of daycares are usually found through word of mouth or even through websites like Craigslist.
"You have to interview. You have to find what's right for you as a parent and do background checks," Hall said.
Hall said prices tend to be less expensive, and hours are usually more flexible for parents who work late night shifts.
Regardless, most providers are willing to accommodate parents so ask what options are available.
Once you have made your decision, try to pop by and check. This way you can be confident you made the right choice.
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