What Kind of Childcare is Right for Your Child?
Choosing the right kind of childcare for your child is crucial. One of the most important thing is that he or she bonds with the chosen caregiver.
What Childcare Options Are Available?
There are different kinds of childcare available. The most common types of childcare are: a daycare center, a daycare in a private home, or a babysitter/nanny in your own home.
Daycare centers can be found throughout most communities. They can be owned privately, or operated by a church, school, social service agency, or the federal government. Most children are enrolled in daycare when they are two to three years of age.
When visiting a daycare, you should be allowed full access to all areas of the facility. Take your child along to see which daycare interests him or her. Drop in on a prospective daycare at different times of the day, and make surprise visits. Surprise visits at different times of the day will give you a good idea of what goes on throughout the day.
Private Home Daycares
Private home daycares are usually best for children who are younger than three years of age. Many parents prefer their young children to be enrolled in a home daycare because it is more like the child’s home atmosphere.
Home daycares should be licensed by the state, just as daycare centers. When visiting a prospective home daycare, check to see that it is thoroughly child proofed. Smoke detectors should work, and the home should be sanitary.
Toys and play areas should be inviting and stimulating. The caregiver should be observed to see how they interact with the children who are currently enrolled, and the children’s responses should be noted. Drop in on a prospective private home daycare at different times of the day, and make surprise visits. Surprise visits at different times of the day will give you a good idea of what goes on throughout the day.
Babysitters and Nannies
A private babysitter or nanny is the most convenient of all arrangements to many parents. Having a caregiver come to the child’s home will help ensure that the child is not forced into an environment where he or she is unhappy.
The search for a nanny or babysitter should be made months in advance of when the services will be needed. This will give you time to ask friends, neighbors and others for possible candidates. This time will also give you the chance to do a thorough reference and background check on prospective sitters or nannies.
No matter which choice you make in childcare, a thorough interview should be made of each. Questions should be asked and your expectations should be thoroughly outlined.
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