Daycare Tips

June 12, 2013 Updated Jun 12, 2013 at 7:47 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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June 12, 2013 Updated Jun 12, 2013 at 7:47 AM EDT

Depew, N.Y. (WKBW)- Saying goodbye for the first time. It is not easy when it comes to leaving your child at daycare.

"That's your baby. You're going to miss them and they are going to miss you," Mom and Daycare owner Melissa Zedick said.

Zedick said things get better. She is a mom and owner of Monkey See Monkey Do Daycare in Depew. Zedick said first things first.

"There are many daycares so you don't have to settle. Go in get a vibe from the people. Go in and sit with your child for an hour or two see how they interact with the children," Zedick said.

 Jamie Sheldon is also a mom and owner of Snug as a Bug Daycare. She said all parents have the same goal when they drop their child off.

"They are looking for safety, happiness and one on one time for their children," Sheldon said.

Zedick said you also have to be aware of how your child is adapting.

"You have to watch your child, too. If they like and then they don't, what's wrong? Is there a change? There might be something going on," Zedick said.

She said don't be afraid to do something about it. Inquire about changes or problems. Both women agree that parents should call to check in, even make lunch break visits. Zedick also said there are options when choosing a type of daycare.

"The home daycare, it is just more of a one on one environment than an actual center>

She said her children, now six and 10 years old, attended a larger daycare facility. She said it also provided excellent care.

"There are many daycares out there that are wonderful. I worked for six or seven. My children were happy. The other kids that were there were happy. It had a good staff," Zedick said.

She said make sure both you and your child comfortable with the arraignments.
Melissa has one more piece of advice.

"It's ok to cry. It gets better with time as you see your child smile when they get dropped off. That's your baby. You just want them to be happy," Zedick said.

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