What To Look For in a Daycare

With so many daycare choices, it’s easy to be swayed by a good first impression through a professional website or aesthetically appealing classrooms. The truly important details are things like safety and meal plans. 

Five things that should be a top priority when looking for a daycare.


It’s easy to disregard location until you’re running late or traffic is at a standstill. Then it’s really nice to have childcare that is conveniently located! 

Bright Start Louisville is conveniently located off Taylorsville Road! It’s just a few minutes from the grocery stores, restaurants, and retail stores on South Hurstbourne Parkway, so you are close to any errands you need to run.

Meal Plans

Breakfast, lunch, and a snack are served at daycares, which means that the daycare is responsible for most of your child’s meals throughout the week. You want to make sure that the daycare is providing balanced and nutritional meals and snacks.

To see an example of what meals are offered, ask to see the upcoming month’s food plan and/or previous food plan records. Ensure that the facility is able to accommodate any special dietary needs your child may have.  


Many people enter and exit the building throughout the day. Parents want to rest assured that only authorized adults are allowed in the building, such as other parents or guardians. 

Other important security features include:

  • Doors that automatically lock, keeping strangers out and children in
  • Specific drop-off and pick-up procedures
  • Security cameras of the whole building and parking lot
  • Background checked staff

Security Cameras

Security cameras are vital to a daycare. Visual record keeping can justify an innocent party, convicting a guilty one, help determine a cause of injury if a child is hurt, and keeps staff accountable to the facility’s policies. 

However, some daycares allow parents to view the security camera’s live footage to check on their child. This can have many pros and cons.

Check with your daycare to see how security camera footage is stored and who can access it. This is especially true for foster parents or guardians, as camera footage loose on the internet could potentially cause problems for the child. 

Your Gut Feeling

As a parent, you get those gut feelings about what is best for your child. 

When you find the right daycare, you will know. Parental instincts are real, and you should trust them. At Bright Start Louisville, we’ve done our best to include every family so you can feel calm and reassured that your child is in a safe, stimulating environment.

Bright Start Louisville offers exceptional childcare to children six weeks to 12 years old. We’re proud to offer a fun and educational preschool program that prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking for excellent childcare that gives your child a head start in life, contact Bright Start Louisville today!

What’s Next

Researching Daycares: Where to Start