When looking for child care outside of your home, there are many things to consider. Your child's age is important. A very young child requires a great deal of the provider's attention. While an older child also needs attention, the opportunity to interact with other children is often of equal importance.

You should also consider your child's temperament. If your child is outgoing and talkative, he or she will probably do well in a group setting. If your child is shy and quiet, consider an environment with fewer children and adults with whom to interact.

You will also want to talk with potential caregivers about any special needs or disabilities of your child. The Americans with Disabilities Act provides that caregivers must discuss each potential new enrollee's special needs with the child's parents and make reasonable efforts to include children with disabilities in their programs.

Once you have an idea of what will best fit your child, there are other quality indicators to look for in a child care setting. There are 6 tips that will help you know what to look for in your search for quality child care. Click next at the bottom of each page to move to the next tip.