Choosing Child Care - Beginning Your Search
Think about what you need
When you start looking for
child care, narrow down your choices by considering practical issues as well
as your child's needs. Do you need an individual or group care provider? Or do you need an after-school program or camp to fill in gaps between school hours and
your work schedule? Here are some other questions to consider:
- Do you need part-time or full-time child
- What days of the week do you need child care? Are the days
always the same, or do they change?
- During what hours do you need
child care (include your travel time if appropriate)?
- What are you
willing to spend each month for child care? Keep in mind that well-paid
caregivers are less likely to quit.
- How would you describe your child's personality? Does he or
she have any special interests? Do you think your child will do best in a small
or large group of children?
Visit the care setting
Visit the facility or caregiver's home, and get
involved in any special activities. Watch the interaction between caregivers
and children. Make sure you feel comfortable with your decision.