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Daycare Features at a Glance

daycare_kid_mousingMaking the decision between a day care center, at-home daycare, and a nanny is difficult work. This chart shows some of the main features of different types of childcare. If you would like further information regarding specific items, please check the articles under Types of Daycare.

Child care Features Daycare Center In-Home Daycare Nanny Government regulations Yes Yes No One-on-one attention No No Yes Chance to interact with children of own age Yes Yes No Multiple teachers . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Daycare Features at a Glance

The First Week at an In-Home Daycare

daycare_sidewalk_artThe first week in an in-home daycare will be a very important week for you, your child and the provider you chose. You’ll have to get used to how each other handles the daily routine. Make sure that you’ve talked to your child about the upcoming changes in their routine and the exciting new daycare they are about to attend. This can be a difficult time for everyone as they adjust to this new change. Just remember to take it one day a time, . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: The First Week at an In-Home Daycare

Needs That Match an In-Home Daycare

daycare_girl_reading_floorWhen considering daycare for your child, it’s important to keep in mind what you want in daycare. You may find that in-home daycare is the best solution to meet your needs. These daycares range widely in the type of care they offer. Some are little more than a playroom in the basement or the kids are cooped up all day. Others are highly structured with daily itineraries that plot out what your child will be doing. Some include religious curriculum, and some often take . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Needs That Match an In-Home Daycare

The First Week in a Daycare Center

daycare-center-classroomThe first week a new daycare center is going to be an important one. It is important to do your best to do it right, prepare your child correctly, and work with the daycare center to make sure this transition goes as smooth as absolutely possible. This first week may well end up shaping you and your child’s overall experience with this daycare center. You don’t want your child to dislike the daycare center or have to fight them every time you drop them off. Remember to . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: The First Week in a Daycare Center

Assessing Needs For Daycare Center

daycare-kids-in-playgroundThere’s a wide range of things that you need to consider when thinking about taking your child to a daycare center. Not only should you consider the needs of your child but you should also consider your own needs. Make sure to keep in mind your budget, your work schedule and the kind of experience that you’re hoping to give your child. Remember this is always a partnership between you, your child and your daycare provider.

One advantage that draws many people to a daycare center is . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Assessing Needs For Daycare Center

How to Decide on a Daycare Center

daycare_crayonsWhen it comes to picking the right daycare center, it’s important to keep all your top priorities in mind. Most of the daycare centers in your area are going to be regulated by state laws and inspected by the same inspectors, so the basics of how they operate will be the same. However, each individual daycare center can still vary widely depending on what they offer. So make sure to look into all of the various programs and activities your child will be involved in.

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In-Care with a Daycare Center

daycare-kids-in-classIn our busy lives it is easy to forget the importance of staying vigilant after you’ve chosen a daycare center for child. This vital and often overlooked step is very important in making sure you have quality daycare for child. You’ll want to monitor the situation to ensure that the daycare center and your child are working out well together.

You definitely don’t want to question the teachers on a daily basis, spend an extra half an hour with them every time you . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: In-Care with a Daycare Center

How to leave In-Home Daycare with a Smile

daycare-girl-pink-outfitIn-home daycares and the providers that run them are incredibly varied in their personalities, situations and how they run their own businesses. This makes specific advice challenging due to the nature of everyone’s unique situation. But there definitely some good rules of thumb to follow to finish up a relationship with an in-home daycare provider with a smile.

Make sure to plan ahead and around the contracted notice time. This can be different between in-home daycare providers but is usually 2 to 4 . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: How to leave In-Home Daycare with a Smile

How to Leave a Daycare Center Gracefully

daycare-center-classroomMost parents find daycare centers are the easiest type of daycare to leave. Daycare centers are used to children enrolling and leaving as part of the business. If the teachers and administrators are be upset at the news, it means they really enjoy having your child there. Even though this might be the easiest of exits, it is always important to make sure that it is done gracefully.

Make sure that you adhere to the amount of notice required in the enrollment agreement. This is usually two . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: How to Leave a Daycare Center Gracefully

Your Time in an In-Home Daycare

daycare_reading_togetherIs very important to make sure you stay vigilant even after you’ve decided on what appears to be the best in-home daycare for your child’s needs. This step is often neglected but it is one of the most important ways for you to ensure that your child is in a quality daycare.

In a childcare center, other faculty members can keep an eye on what’s going on with the children and each other. But in a person’s private home, it’s another story. The intimate personal setting of . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Your Time in an In-Home Daycare