If you are looking for a child care provider, you’ll have many options from which to choose. Of course, you can have a parent or family member watch your child while you’re away at work, or you could choose a child care facility that meets the needs of you and your child. While there are certainly many very nice child care centers, they often have younger staff taking care of the kids, and they generally are unable to give the personalized attention that some children need. Additionally, this option tends to be the most expensive, but you will usually get more for your money.
Another great solution is to find a caring individual who offers in home child care. One of the biggest advantages with this type of care is that your child will be in a home environment. Many parents feel more comfortable leaving their child with a loving adult in a home environment than they do placing their child in a large facility that can sometimes feel a bit too cold and sterile.
Of course, there are advantages and disadvantages to both settings. For example, the small home day care center often doesn’t have the space or resources to do the number of projects, games and activities that many of the larger facilities can offer. However, your child will also be in a smaller setting, so there is frequently a more personal touch.
A large facility offers a set routine that is often designed to help young children progress in their social and reasoning skills. Spending time with larger groups offers more opportunities to interact with others. Additionally, the larger centers often have pre-k, and other curriculums designed to make sure your child is ready for kindergarten.
When you choose in home child care to take care of your child during the day, it’s important to do your research. You should always choose a day care that is licensed and that has many happy parents. Spend some time visiting and interacting with the caregiver as well as any other children that your child will be spending their day with. Not all day care centers will fit your specific needs, ask questions and go with your own intuition.