Summer Camp – A Consumer Guide For Parents

Kids learn about art at Kids & Main Playcare!Kids at camp at Kids & Main Playcare!A chihld looks through a loolomg tube at Hudgens Museum during a Kids & Main Playcare camp.Lunch on the steps of the art center at Kids & Main Playcare camp.

 

School is almost out and that means parents are actively making decisions regarding child care for the summer. Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our kids. Here’s a checklist we’ve compiled here at Kids & Main Playcare to assist you in evaluating summer camp programs:

 

  •  State-approved. Ask to see the program’s credentials to operate a summer camp program.
  •  Age of Staff Members. What is the minimum age of the staff members hired to supervise your child(ren)?
  •  Ratio of Staff to Kids. How many children are assigned to each staff member?
  •  Staff:
    • o Drug Screenings – Does the staff undergo mandatory drug screenings?
      o Background Checks – Does the staff undergo background/criminal checks?
      o CPR/First Aid Certification – Are all staff members certified in First Aid & CPR?
      o State-approved Training – Department of Children and Learning (DECAL) requires specific training for child care providers. What state-approved training are staff members required to take?
  •  Activities – What type of activities will the kids participate in? Are there any off-site field trips?
  •  Lunch/Snacks – Are lunch/snacks included or do you have to provide your own?
  •  Camp Hours – What are the hours of operation of the camp? Is it convenient for your schedule?
  •  Price – How much is camp per day? Per week? Are sibling discounts available?

Please feel free to share this checklist with other parents in our community. Together we can keep our children safe, happy and healthy this summer!  Want to know more about the Kids & Main Playcare summer camp?  Visit our summer camp page at www.kidsandmain.com/summercamp.

 

Ursula
Parent & Owner, Kids & Main Playcare

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