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You should visit the day care. If you show up unannounced, you can see them 'in action'. Below are some general guidelines and a few references. facilities does it look safe and clean? what toys are available? schedule what activities are included? are there opportunities for both individual and group play? do they have snack time? What do they ...


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In the UK there is a regulatory body called OFSTED that makes random inspections. The reports from those inspections are available to the public. They give a rough guide to how good the facility is, but you have to be aware that they are a snapshot from a single day. If a bad centre is having a good day (or a good centre is having a bad day) the report ...


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"It depends", on a lot of different factors. I hate to suggest something as negative sounding as "trial and error", but well, that seems to be the best way. To get through med school, and then go back to specialize in pediatrics... that seems like it's going to weed out the ones that just aren't any good at the base medicine. So really what you're left to ...


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One idea that I have is to speak with members of the community who are parents with small children, and ask them to share a recommendation, if they feel that they have had a very positive experience with their pediatrician, or if not, ask for the flags. As far as warning signs go, I can only speak from personal experience, but some flags that got set off ...


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We went through two pediatricians before finding the one we are using now. The first bullied and belittled me because as it turned out, I could not breastfeed. The second wasn't bad but the others in his practice were awful and he rarely had office hours in our location. Look at your plans about feeding, figure that they may change (they did for me!), ...


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My husband was director of a daycare. In the US, every state has licensing requirements and periodically do onsite inspections at every facility. You can access the results of these inspections either through the daycare directly or through the licensing board. Information regarding inspection scores along with violations may be very revealing of the ...


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Another strategy is to survey the nursing staff at the hospital asking who they use for their children. If they do not have children ask who they would recommend. Since they know work in the field, they probably know more about the reputation of the pediatricians. Often times, (at least in the hospitals that I work in) nurses are under utilized as resources ...


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Aside from asking people with children for recommendations, try asking an OB/GYN. They see a lot of new mothers, and they know a lot of other doctors, and word gets around. In our case, my wife's OB/GYN (whom she'd been visiting for several years, and trusted implicitly) also happened to be a father of eight . He recommended a local pediatrics office, said ...



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