I am a director at a centre in Tasmania and the things I always say to new parents looking for care is that you will get that feeling when you look around the centre. And I agree with other people- bring your child and see how the educators behave around her on the tour- do they interact with her? Do they invite her to come play?
Questions to ask: (pending on what your looking for in care)
- programming- how often is the program adapted to the room?
-ratios (they have strict guilelines to follow but always worth an ask)
- how many children can they fit in each room
-educators within the room- are they the same each day or do they change?(pending of course sickness/holidays etc)
-check out their outdoor environment
-transitioning time available? (Aka before you start paying for care are you able to come and have a play in the room to allow your child to get familiar with other children and educators)
Pending what age your child is- if young look at the whole centre/each room. I'm assuming your thinking long term so eventually your child will grow into the other rooms.
My biggest thing I tell parents is to shop around! You wouldn't just buy the first house or car without looking into it all. I also advise parents to transition their child in- especially if under 2! This is important for the child to feel secure- instead of you dropping them off and leaving them- they will get to know the educators ! But also- YOU get to know the educators.
I'm not a parent yet- but it is a big thing dropping your child off to leave with complete strangers- so get to know them and let them get to know you!