With so many horror stories about child care services, and nannies or babysitters who actually hurt the children placed in their care, it is no wonder why so many parents take the decision of finding the perfect facility to care for their children, so seriously.
There are ways for deciding on the right childcare environment for your child. The first step is deciding what type of child care services you need. Are you looking for part-time or do you need someone to watch your child while you work? What hours and days do you need covered? Once you decide on full or part time, the decision can be narrowed down at that point.
It is important to ask around for recommendations. Most parents utilize some form of daycare center, so another parent can be an excellent child care resource for finding a top quality service. Unfortunately, the drawback may be that the facility is completely filled and no open slots are available.
The higher quality pre-schools or child care centers often have up to a three year waiting list. Do not panic, it does not mean that your child will have to go to a lesser quality facility. It just means that you will have to do some more legwork and research.
If you find yourself unable to send your child to your initial choice in a childcare facility, there are still options available. Many churches offer quality pre-school child care services.
Not all churches that run pre-schools require church membership, but it is something to ask if you attend that particular place of worship. They may give preference to church members before offering public spots.
Most parents cannot afford a nanny. It does not mean they are mired in poverty, it's just that they cannot afford to pay a nanny a salary, plus provide health benefits and living accommodations. If you can afford to hire one, then it is an excellent choice for childcare. The nanny can travel with you and your child for work or vacation and since the nanny lives with you, she can provide round the clock sitting in case you work odd hours or elect to have adult time away from your child.
Childcare is an issue all parents face but it does not have to cause insanity. It does take a certain percentage of your income, but having a professional take care of your child is worth every penny. If you do your homework, ask for recommendations and check the babysitter or facility out thoroughly, you can have peace of mind knowing that your child is being properly taken care of while you work or play.