Before choosing a childcare environment, parents should be familiar with the state license regulations for childcare. They should also check references and observe the caregivers with the child.
Parents should seek a caregiver who is warm, caring, self-confident, attentive, and responsive to the children. The caregiver should be able to encourage social skills and positive behavior, and set limits on negative ones. Parents should be sensitive to the caregiver's capacity to relate to children of different ages. Some individuals can work well only with children at a specific stage of development.
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