Is In-Home Child Care Better Than Daycare?
In-home child care can be better than daycare in some situations. With in-home child care, a caregiver comes to or lives in your home. The caregiver is sometimes a relative or fried, or the caregiver may be a person from a babysitting service. You may choose a nanny, either one that lives with you or one that doesn’t, or you may choose an au pair for in-home child care.
In-home child care presents some general advantages over daycare. With in-home care, your child or children are cared for in a familiar setting. In addition, in-home care means that you don’t have to transport your child somewhere else for care. However, in-home child care is typically more expensive that using a daycare.
Specific circumstances may make in-home child care better than daycare for you. If you have any of the following situations, in-home care may be your best option:
– You need care at unconventional times. If you work nights, you may not be able to find a daycare that can care for your child while you are working.
– You only need care for after school. In-home care is ideal in this situation, as you don’t have to find a way to get the child from school to the daycare.
– You have an infant or small child. Many daycare providers are unable to care for infants.
– You need help with chores in the household. Many in-home child care providers will agree to perform specific household tasks in addition to child care.
– You have three or more children. In-home care can be less expensive than other types of daycare if you have several children.
– Your child has special needs. Many daycares are not equipped to adequately handle specific physical, mental, or emotional problems that your child might have.
On the other hand, if you have just one or maybe two children, and there is a reliable daycare at a convenient location that can meet your needs, a daycare can be a perfectly fine option. Daycares do offer the advantage of allowing your child to be around other children, and to develop social skills. In addition, daycares are often staffed in such a way that if your child care provider is ill, you can still bring your child to the daycare; this is not always the case with in-home care.