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Deciding on the right type of childcare for your family

How were you able to decide which type of childcare was right for you? There seem to be so many choices, from private nannies to nanny shares to in-home daycares to daycare centers to co-working spaces that have childcare. What factors did your family take into consideration when deciding on the type of childcare to choose?

  • Laura
    Feb 07

    Logistics of travel was my main criteria. We only considered daycares near my work or near our home. Also logistics and guarantee of a spot. With the big institutional daycares near my work, as long as you signed up a year in advance, you'd get a spot. Nanny shares tend to come together last minute, require more legwork to find another family and a nanny you like, and all that sounded stre... More

  • William Hopson
    Feb 08

    I think For some families, the most convenient option is having the caregiver come to your own home. In some cases, caregivers may even live in the family home. The advantages to this approach include the potential for your child to receive more individual attention, limited exposure to seasonal ailments such as colds and the flu, and your child’s comfort level with a familiar place.this has al... More

Anonymous posted in Child Care Feb 07

Family expectations from daycare

I work/study from home and needed some time during the week to focus on my work. So we found a 2 day a week home-based daycare situation with a 1:2 to 1:3 ratio that we pay $16/hr. Baby (9 months old) is a challenge to feed and doesn't nap on a schedule, but if you put finger food on the tray, he will eat the food by himself but it will take time and if you just let him play he will end up... More

  • Liz W.
    check_circleChild Care Provider Feb 13

    At Over the Rainbow we ask all families of 6 week-12 months for their child's schedule and have them fill out a feeding plan.

Staff Development Days in Child Care Facilities

My family lives in Washington, DC where our 2-year old son attends a licensed child care center/daycare. The facility is in the process of getting accreditation. As of last week, they informed parents that the daycare will be closed 12 days of the year for staff development days (in addition to all standard federal holidays, stipulated vacations, etc.). I consider staff development days import... More

  • anonymous mom
    Feb 10

    My daughters center is closed on all normal school holidays. Also when schools are closed due to inclement weather. So at least 12 days a year...

  • Anonymous
    Feb 12

    Professional development is much needed. It's a time when staff is being trained on new things, it's a time when new ideas ate being bought up. It's a time where teachers update their principal/director on what they're doing. It may seem like a lot if days but it's all for the benefit of the children and parents. They also have to keep up with the required training hours per year.

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