4 Child Care Options for Parents

Before kids, your career was almost your child. You couldn’t imagine a day in which you wouldn’t be working. Even when you were expecting your first child, you always saw yourself coming back to work. Before the baby is born, it is hard to imagine just how important and how difficult it will be to decide on child care for your baby. There are many different options for child care and it is important to pick one that you feel the most comfortable with. After all, the people you entrust with your child throughout the years will have an influence on him or her.

1. Stay-at-Home Parent

This option is one that many want to do but just aren’t able to. Before deciding to become a stay-at-home parent, there are things to consider. The first is whether or not this is financially possible. Many households need two incomes to make it work. The second is whether or not you have the ability to spend basically 24 hours a day with a baby. Adult interaction will be limited as well as your freedom. Some parents need to work because they need it for the balance in their lives while others want to be with their children 24/7. There is no right or wrong answer.

2. Traditional Daycare

Traditional daycares often offer child care Hamilton from infancy all the way up until pre-school. Advantages to this route include socialization. Right from the start, your child will socialize with other children. They will also be in a learning environment that will better help them when they start school. Life skills and learning how to work, play, and interact with others are a natural part of a traditional daycare. Most daycares split the children up by age so that activities will be age-appropriate.

3. In-Home Nanny

If you are more comfortable with your child staying home, hiring an in-home nanny to provide child care may be the way to go. The cost will be more than a traditional daycare but your child will be looked after from the comfort of home. Advantages include one-on-one attention and a reduction in the likelihood of your child getting sick often. Disadvantages include the cost, as mentioned above, and lack of opportunity for socialization.

4. Small Group at Nanny’s House

Some parents want a mix. They want their children to have socialization skills and opportunities to react with other students but don’t want a traditional daycare setup. Therefore, they find someone who watches a small number of children in his or her home. This way, they get the socialization skills with more one-on-one attention in a home setting. The cost is typically in between that of a traditional daycare and an in-home nanny.

Comfort is the number-one thing when it comes to finding the best childcare service for your children. This can be a daunting task. Before deciding on a person or facility, conduct a lot of interviews and make sure that your goals match up with the caretaker’s or facility’s goals. It is always okay to ask for past references.


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