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Is Your Daycare’s Car Designed for Car Seats?

Baby at Daycare in Car SeatA new article by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety was recently published going into detail about the safety of 2011 vehicles in regards to the LATCH system for child car seat restraints. The results were surprising, and a little disappointing. Even though the standards for child restraint safety have been in place for some time it is amazing the amount of modern day vehicles that do not seem to have child safety and car seat installation in mind.

As . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Is Your Daycare’s Car Designed for Car Seats?

Cyber Monday Deal on Baby Signing Time

daycare-babyOne of the most frustrating things to both parents and their children is not being able to communicate properly. It takes children years to learn how to talk. As a parent you don’t have to wait years to learn to communicate with your child. How do you talk to those that can’t? Through sign language of course!

Sign language is something that your baby, even an infant can learn to use. It is comprised of basic motions and movements which are much easier for your baby to learn then a speaking language. . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Cyber Monday Deal on Baby Signing Time

Daycare Costs – Is Working Worth It?

kid_blocksDaycare is a hard parenting decision. It can be difficult to decide if you want to send your children to daycare or if you should stay home with them. It’s worth it to look into the real cost of working. It might sound strange, but working costs money, and it costs more money when both parents work. The cost of working can outweigh the benefit of staying home with your child through those few short, formative years.

There are a great many arguments to be had debating both sides of the issue . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Daycare Costs – Is Working Worth It?

Can You Be Your Own Daycare

daycare_chalkboardThere is so much thought and effort that goes into figuring out all the particulars of daycare that I think many parents skip right over the simplest question of all, “Is daycare right for our family?” Decide on Daycare will help you evaluate if daycare is right for you. It may be surprising how much of your income goes into paying for daycare while you are at work. More importantly, you may be missing the most crucial time in your child’s life.

Perhaps it’s time to take . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Can You Be Your Own Daycare

Is Daycare Right For You?

girl_in_grass_2There is so much thought and effort that goes into figuring out all the particulars of daycare that I think many parents skip right over the simplest question of all, “Is daycare right for our family?” Decide on Daycare will help you evaluate if daycare is right for you.

It might seem like a no-brainer but the fact of the matter is, with the cost of daycare, the decline in wages, and the expansion of urban sprawl it may very well be that you are only working . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Is Daycare Right For You?

Day Care Kids Get More Infections Now, but Fewer Later

daycare_toy_trainThis article is credited to: By Maureen Salamon, MyHealthNewsDaily Contributor posted: 07 December 2010 11:39 am ET

We found this article very interesting and thought that we would share it with you.

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Young children who attend large day care facilities suffer more respiratory and ear infections as toddlers than kids who spend their days at home, but develop fewer such illnesses during their grade-school years, a new study suggests.

“Overall, all the children got sick the same amount, so there are no differences between the groups — just the timing is . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Day Care Kids Get More Infections Now, but Fewer Later

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 Yes . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Daycare Features at a Glance

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

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

Would a Nanny Be Best for My Family?

nanny_lakeOne option in your search for childcare is hiring a nanny. This option involves the most work—you not only have to find a caregiver for your child, but you are also hiring an employee and opening your home and family to this person.

When considering whether to hire a nanny, you need to determine if this form of childcare is best suited to your family’s needs. Nannies are generally more expensive than in-home daycares or daycare centers, and nannies have a high turnover rate. . . . → Continue Reading This Day Care Article: Would a Nanny Be Best for My Family?