Children Need More Than Custodial Care

All children need...

  • attention from adults who will care, love, listen, praise, and even discipline
  • opportunities to be creative and to explore
  • time to make friends and learn how to be a friend
  • interesting experiences that help them learn more about the world and their place in it

  • Children in good day care receive these things and more. Good child care offers children social, intellectual, physical, and nutritional experiences under qualified supervision in a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment. In a good child care center children are encouraged to participate in daily activities appropriate for their ages and developmental levels. Through these activities each child will have the opportunity to develop many skills, learn to get along with others, and build independence and self respect.

    A day care center shall provide a daily schedule with some flexibility. The schedule should include...

  • Active and quiet play
  • Indoor and outdoor play
  • Organized and free activities
  • Group play and solitary play
  • Activities using toys and imaginative play
  • Time for music, instruments, and singing
  • Time for art activities, puzzles, and books
  • Special time for individual adult attention and interaction
  • Scheduled rest time
  • Scheduled time for meals and snacks