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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 care?
  • 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.

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Last Updated: September 14, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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