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Choosing to leave your children with a childcare provider is always tough.
Whether it’s for a few hours so that you and your partner can enjoy some much-needed time alone, or to work on your blog full-time , or so your child can spend more time with other children, it’s a difficult decision.
Leaving your child in someone else’s care has many advantages, and it’s certainly not something that you should feel guilty about. It can give them a chance to enjoy playing with other children their own age, help teach them valuable social skills, give you a break which in turn makes you a more relaxed parent, and take the financial strain off if you are struggling as a one-parent working family.
It’s not a bad thing. The best way to avoid any kind of guilt and feel more comfortable leaving your child is to find the right childcare setting or person. Someone that makes you feel at ease, and safe in the knowledge that your child will be well cared for, looked after and provided for.
Here are a few tips for finding the best fit for childcare for your little one!
A babysitter can be ideal if you just want care on a casual basis. If you are just looking for someone to look after the kids on the odd date night or when you’ve got an appointment.
But, this can make it harder to find the perfect person. Try to find someone that you trust, who can have your kids when you need them to. I suggest finding a qualified babysitter on Care.com. The average babysitter rate is $11.50 and you can request references and background checks on sitters if needed.
If you’ve got a friend or family member looking to earn some extra cash or someone in your local area that you know to be trustworthy, use them. If you are planning to use a younger family member, be sure to consider how they’ll get home on a later night, and their safety.
Having someone else watch your child in their home can be an excellent solution for longer term and more regular care. Some people prefer them to nurseries as it seems a little more personal. Your child will get full attention and get to play with kids in all different age groups.
However, if your care provider is ill, or their own child is sick, they won’t be available, and you’ll need to make alternative arrangements, sometimes at the last minute.
Daycare can make the ideal preschool. It’s a more school-like atmosphere and can be the perfect way to prepare your child for starting school. Unlike home-based childcare, there is plenty of staff, so illness isn’t a problem, and your child will be in groups with children of their own age. Some parents feel that this is safer and a better way for them to make friends.
Many parents who chose home-based childcare opt to switch to a nursery the year before their child starts school, to give them some preparation.
A nanny is an excellent option if you can afford it. You’ll have flexible care as and when you need it. Your nanny can live in, so they are always at hand, or be available to suit your schedule. They’ll become like family to your child.
I hope this post gave you some ideas for childcare options!