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When looking for a child care provider, know the right questions to ask. To make a confident decision in regards to care and education for your child, you need to know the right questions to ask.  Our Parent Checklist will provide a reference guide during your review process.  We recommend you use this checklist to ask questions and compare Nest Child Care and Parent Institute with other providers. 

We feature all of the items listed below and would love to show them to you when you schedule a tour.


  • Warm and inviting atmosphere

  • Greeted with a friendly smile

  • Warm, pleasant environment with soft paint tones to intrigue but not overstimulate children

  • All meals and snacks are provided (including formula and baby food)

  • Menu meets or exceeds USDA guidelines

  • Adequate classroom space available for varied activities

  • Staff are easily identified with uniforms and name tags

  • Teachers receive on-going training throughout the year

  • Low VOC emission carpet

  • Spacious, attractive, playgrounds for younger and older children

  • Personal storage cubby and nap bag provided to each child


  • Caregivers/teachers are certified in First Aid and CPR

  • Restrooms and hand-washing facilities are easily accessible by each classroom

  • Interactive access to child's classroom

  • Secured entry doors with code access

  • Check-in/check-out procedure

  • Learning materials are age-appropriate and safe

  • All dangerous products (ex: medicines, chemicals) are out of reach of children

  • Smoke detectors and fire extinguishers are available

  • Severe weather, fire, and emergency drills are performed


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  • Program based on age-appropriate learning objectives

  • Teachers demonstrate positive communication with children

  • Developmentally-appropriate activities planned each day

  • Teachers interact with children at their level and in a way that maximizes learning

  • Planned schedule of activities is available

  • Infants and young children have separate environments

  • Infants have individualized lesson plans

  • Child assessments are used to guide instruction and conduct parent-teacher conferences


  • Reading and literature areas

  • Dramatic play areas

  • Early math and problem-solving areas

  • Creative areas

  • Blocks/community awareness areas

  • Science/sensory areas

  • Computers equipped with age-appropriate software

  • Age-appropriate curriculum with engaging activities

  • Curriculum provides for both child-initiated and teacher-initiated activities

  • Critical pre-writing and pre-reading skills are practiced every day

  • Online Learning Links to extend learning interests into your home

  • Raising Readers bookclub to promote early literacy and learning


  • Daily verbal communication between teachers and parents

  • Newsletters and memos are provided to parents

  • Parent-teacher conferences with child growth and progress reports

  • Many school events are offered for family involvement

  • Parents are informed of accidents and unusual incidents

  • Monthly Home Curriculum activities are provided

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