Being a parent is one of the most rewarding things you will ever do in your life. Yes, there will be times when you want to pull your hair out, but in the end it is all worth it.
You will amaze yourself by how you are able to change and adapt into a loving, capable parent. You will analyze what you feed your child and the best ways to discipline them. And of course how will care for your child.
Probably one of the most important decisions you can ever make — figuring out the best option for child care — is one that should not be taken lightly. Although there are many options to consider when trying to pin down a child care option, the three most common types are to enroll your child in a home daycare, a larger daycare facility or hire a nanny.
1. Home daycares A home daycare, sometimes called a family daycare, is where your child is cared for in a home-based setting for a certain number of hours a day in exchange for compensation. Home daycares can be licensed or unlicensed, and depending on where you live, the regulations that cover family daycares can range from truly strict to really lenient.
2. Daycare facilities A daycare facility is very similar to a home daycare and only has a few differences. One of the major differences is that instead of the care being given in someone’s private residence, it’s more typically provided in a commercial building or another structure that does not fall into the category of someone’s home.
A lot of rules and regulations are placed on daycare centers as well as more focus on building the foundation that children will need later for successful academic careers.
3. Nannies A nanny is a person who cares for your child usually in your own home. More often than not, nannies have either an educational background in childhood education or professional experience in the field of child development. They also carry CPR and first aid certifications.
Whatever route you decide to go, remember to do your homework first. You should check with your state agencies to make sure your candidate is current with all the certifications that are required in your area. You should also ask the potential provider for past clients you can talk to. Most providers won’t have a problem with this if they have nothing to hide.
And always visit the center or home yourself. Seeing it with your own eyes will be one of the best ways to get a good read on the potential provider and the care.