Sorting Through Childcare Options

When my husband and I decided to start a family, we agreed I would go back to work full-time after taking maternity leave. The same month we found out we were expecting our first bundle of joy, we began researching the different childcare options in our area. We were overwhelmed with the choices available and we’re glad we had plenty of time to make the best decision for our family. If you are also overwhelmed with the number of options that are out there and can not decide for yourself which service provider to choose. Then you can try This will be of great help to you helping you in making in a better choice for your kid. 

I primarily spoke with other mothers of small children to find out what daycare their kids went to, what they liked about their child care and what they didn’t like. Every mom I talked with had a list of pros and cons and all were quick to tell me that no child care is perfect.

Here are the three different options we explored:

  1. Large Daycare Center

In our area, there are three large daycare centers, caring for 60-100 kids each. These centers have separate areas for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Most parents appreciated the educational, school-like setting their children were exposed to from a very young age. Parents of these kids were happy with the school-readiness their children exhibited prior to entering kindergarten. The complaints of the large centers primarily had to do with the high turnover rate of employees. Parents would get frustrated that their kids would develop a strong relationship with a daycare worker, only to find that particular worker had suddenly left the center. Large daycare centers tended to be priced higher than other options.

  1. Medium or Small Daycare Centers

Several of my friends take their kids to a small or medium-sized daycare center. Some of these are based in local churches or community centers and have anywhere from 12-40 kids. These centers also had separate areas for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, and some encouraging interaction between the toddlers and preschoolers. The parents I talked to liked the educational environment, especially if they preferred religion to be included in their child’s early learning. The primary complaint was about employee turnover. The cost of these centers was usually slightly less than larger centers, although prices varied.

  1. Private, Licensed In-home Daycare

Every state has different standards and in ours, home daycares with more than four children must be registered and licensed and the caregiver must meet the same training requirements as workers in large centers. One mom, I spoke with exclusively sent her children to private, in-home daycares. She felt she and the caregiver were a team, both working together to raise the children in a healthy and loving manner. However, she warned me that in-home centers vary greatly. Some are very high-quality, serving nutritious meals and limiting screen time and others simply do not. Private, licensed in-home care was the least expensive of all the options we explored.

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Emma Logan is the content coordinator of Beverly Lahaye Institute. She’s been freelancing for many years and now focuses on WordPress development and blog design