When you have children to raise but must work outside the home, a daycare center is the best option to help ensure that your children will be in a safe and educational environment while you are at work. Not all daycare centers are appropriate or a good fit for your child, so it pays to do some research on the daycare centers that are in your area. A preschool center must have the following qualities in order for it to be a safe, fun learning environment for your child. First of all, a good child care center should be nurturing, and have a good reputation. This is an important aspect because it will ensure that your child is well taken care of and is in a good learning environment. The second important characteristic of a good preschool is the kind of ground rules it has. A child care can be flexible every now and then, but it is important to have rules established as well. Third, the child care center should have a learning curriculum that stimulates your child’s thinking and physical exertion with some nap time. The best childcare centers will also have caring staff that is qualified to handle children of various stages of development. Also, it is important to note how many kids are assigned to each staff member; there are a certain number of children that daycare centers are allowed to have due to regulations, so keep this in mind when you are researching your local child care centers. Also, does the day care center provide healthy food for your child to eat, or do you see junk food lying around all the time? You want your child to be nourished throughout the day, so make sure you take this into consideration. Another important aspect to consider is the cleanliness of the child care center. If the place looks dirty or messy, this is not a good place for your child. In addition, make sure the daycare center is licensed, and has a current daycare license. If not, then do not trust your child to that place. All of these are important to consider when looking for a good daycare or preschool for your child, and it is also a good idea to book early, about six months before you need the facility because the good daycare centers fill up fast.