When you have to work outside of your home, it can be difficult to determine what type of care you should choose for your child. In fact, there are a number of options that you may not have thought to consider. Here are four types of common daycare services that are available to you:
- Babysitter: Hiring a babysitter is one option. You will have someone available to come into your home, which may make you and your child feel more comfortable. Of course, this is usually the only option when you work a short amount of time instead of full-time, in which case you may be better off with a nanny or a daycare center. This is because the price of a babysitter can be high if you are in need of their services for an extended period of time.
- Nanny: A nanny is a great option if you work full time. A nanny can either live-in or only come to your home when you need their services during the week. Nannies are usually more qualified than babysitters, often having CPR certification, a license for child care, and an educational background in child development. Another upside to having a nanny is that they typically provide other services for you, such as cooking, cleaning, and running other errands, which is helpful if you work long hours.
- In-Home Daycare: An in-home daycare center is when you would take your child to someone's home where they will provide their care. One benefit to this is that your child will have a home-like feel. Another benefit is that a provider who works in-home typically has a smaller number of kids to care for compared to daycare centers. This often ensures that there is more attention for your child. In addition to the aforementioned benefits, your child can receive the socialization skills that come from being around other children.
- Daycare Center: Daycare centers tend to be the most expensive option. However, with a daycare center, your child is more likely to receive educational guidance that can help prepare them for preschool and kindergarten. This is because daycare centers are set up more like schools and the daycare providers act more like teachers than just caregivers.
By knowing some of the options that are available to you, you can better determine which is the best option for you and your child in the long run. Once you have decided, it's best to stick to the choice to ensure that your child is happy with the consistency and regular scheduling.