Daycare Questions

Daycare providers go through a lot more scrutiny than babysitters. In order to receive a daycare license, the provider, all employees, and all family members living at the facility go through a criminal background check and health screening. Most daycares (except for small in-home daycares) have several adults supervising children at all times.

Socializing is an important part in a child's developmental process. Daycares provide a great environment for social stimuli where your child will be surrounded by children their age. Circle time and group activities at daycares help your child get used to working in groups.
We work with daycares with clean inspection records*, with no criminal records from any employees or residence (no exceptions). We make sure their licensing record is clean and any prior violation has been corrected. Prior to signing up a daycare, our professional staff might visit the daycare center to check the care environment and meet the caregivers in person. All daycares welcome the parents to visit them before their first visit, so you can assess whether a specific daycare fits your child’s needs.

* No Type A citation found in the most recent inspection records.
All of the daycares we work with are licensed by the State of California. In order to become a licensed daycare, a provider must pass a home inspection, attend an orientation, and go through a criminal background check and health screening. In addition, each licensee who provides care needs to be CPR certified and have gone through pediatric First Aid training.
We try to describe each daycare's philosophy and care style on the daycare listing page as much as possible. Our staff is very familiar with all the daycares we work with and is happy to help you navigate through different daycare options and answer any questions you may have. All daycares welcome parents to visit before the drop-in. In fact, some daycares actively encourage parents to do so. To arrange a visit, call/email us.
The first day of daycare is an important milestone in your child's life. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to prepare. Before drop-off, prepare your child by showing photos of the daycare and explain what's going to happen on the day of the drop-off. Some daycare teachers recommend bringing your child's favorite toy/blanket to comfort them. If time allows, visit the daycare with your child before your first drop-off to ease their transition to the new environment. The first drop-off is always the toughest and your child may cry a bit. Rest assured that your chosen childcare provider will help you and your child handle the transition!
Most daycares accommodate the sleep schedule of infants (under 2-year-old). For toddlers, it depends on the daycare. You can reach out to about how your chosen daycare usually deals with irregular nap schedules.


All of our daycare centers meet the safety requirements set by California Childcare Licensing Department and have various additional safety measures to prevent any injuries from happening.

Should your child ever get injured, we provide medical injury insurance to all reservations made via Spot Daycare for free. The maximum coverage is $25,000 for any reasonable and customary medical expenses you incurred beyond your child's general medical insurance. There is no deductible and this policy covers you first (primary coverage), before the daycare's general liability insurance.
Under California Child Care Center Licensing Regulations, all children must be immunized against diseases as required by the California Code of Regulations. Exceptions are made on rare occasions (e.g., a physician provides a statement that the child should not be immunized.) All of daycares that are currently listed do not have have any children who are exempted from these immunization requirements to the best of our knowledge.
Yes, a child's immunization record is required at the time of enrollment.
Each daycare has its own sick child policy. If your child has a fever over 100°C, diarrhea, vomiting, or shows signs of a communicable illness (e.g., strep throat, bronchitis, pink eye, chickenpox), most daycares will not be able to admit your child. If the child is experiencing a mild cold, some daycares may allow them to attend. If you are in doubt, please contact or the daycare directly. and inquire about their policy.
Some daycares can administer medication to your child. Please email before you make the reservation if you have special medication needs.


Many daycares do provide homemade meals and snacks (with no extra charge). Please see the "Food" section in each daycare listing for more information.
Most daycares cook their meals from scratch every day. Please email or contact the daycares directly for more information.
Many daycares have vegetarian options and avoid using products with nuts. If your child has a special dietary concern, please contact the daycare before dropping off your child.
It depends. Email us at with your special dietary needs before the drop-off. Some daycares may be able to prepare special meals for your child. If not, the daycare may ask you provide your own lunch/snack.


Search for spots on the availability page. Choose a daycare, and click "Book". In the next page, select the pick-up and drop-off time and click "Request Booking". In the next page, enter your payment information and click "Submit Booking Request". Your request will be sent to the daycare of your choice. Your reservation is only confirmed (and your credit card charged) after the daycare confirms your reservation request. For special requests (e.g., multi-day, weeknight/weekend/sleep-over, sibling drop-in, etc.), use special booking request form to submit your request.
Email or call/text 650-935-5554. We can check availability on all daycares that meet your needs and help you find one that works for you.
Spot Daycare is not a childcare provider and does not recommend childcare providers. We don’t make implicit or explicit recommendations on any daycare, but we can provide information about the daycare availability, philosophy, environment and parents reviews. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at or call/text 650-935-5554.
Yes, for weekdays, we accept same-day reservation. For weekends and sleep-over care, we encourage parents to make reservation at least one day in advance so the daycare providers can arrange the special care for your child.
Yes, some daycares offer weekend, weeknight, and sleep-over care. While same-day arrangement is possible, we encourage you to book at least 1 day in advance so daycares can prepare for your special request.
For a one-time drop-off, you can make reservations up to three months in advance. For recurring care (e.g., every Tuesdays and Fridays), some daycares allow reservations beyond three months. Send us a special booking request to arrange.
You can cancel your reservation up to 24 hours prior to the first day of your reservation without any penalty. If you cancel within 24 hours prior to the start date of your reservation, you will be charged for the full drop-in fee for the first day of your reservation. You can propose changes to your reservation before or after the reservation has started. Your change must be approved by the daycare. If the daycare does not approve your change, your original reservation stays in place and you will be charged for the full amount for your original reservation. The penalty charge for the cancellation is paid to daycares to cover the arrangement costs they incur (not to Spot Daycare).
If a daycare has an open spot and the extension is within the daycare's regular hours, they will often allow you to extend the reservation at the same rate. Please text/call (650) 935-5554 or contact the daycare directly to make arrangements. Make sure to inform Spot Daycare or the daycare before you extend your care. If you show up late without any advanced notice, $1/min late fee will apply.
If you pick up your child within the regular hours of the daycare, you will most likely not be charged an extra fee. Please contact the daycare in advance so they know you are coming late. If you pick up your child after the regular hours, you will get charged a late fee.

Pricing and Payment

When the daycare confirms your reservation, your credit card will be charged for the drop-off fee. If you extend your care on the day or you incurred the late pick-up fee, you will receive a separate invoice within 7 days from your drop-off.
We accept various online payment methods such as Paypal, Venmo, or Square Cash. Email us to arrange. We also accept checks if you can mail it to us before the drop-off date.
Each daycare has a different pricing schedule. Some have only full day drop-in fees, some charge by the hours, some have special 4-hours increments. Please see the Rate section in each daycare listing for more information.
To help operate the Spot Daycare platform we charge a 10-15% service fee on every booking. The fee is reduced for longer reservation. This helps cover the costs of the services and support we provide, as well as the medical injury insurance that applies to all reservations made via Spot Daycare.

Why Spot Daycare

Spot Daycare provides and up-to-date directory of daycares close to you, and enables you to conveniently book them through our website. You can book truly flexible child care with a pay-as-you-go model, and cancel within 24 hours of drop off without charges. Booking through Spot Daycare also enables you to pay online.
Spot Daycare is a mission driven company fueled by the belief that every child deserves access to affordable, quality childcare in their early years. Children who have access to early childhood education enter kindergarten prepared to learn, and hence have more chances to succeed in their educational journey. However, childcare is usually expensive, and affordable care might require significant effort to find. We want to take the work out of sorting through different childcare options so to make it more available and put more children in early childhood care!