Parents resort to child care when there is no other way to care for their children. Daycare is normally used for children between the ages of one and thirteen. Provided care is mostly used when parents are at work and cannot take their children with them. Young parents generally hesitate to leave their children with care providers for fear of injury, negative influence, or even out and out child abuse. Fear also arises that a child might be snatched, kidnapped and stolen away. There are many fears about children’s care, although generally parents overcome those fears if for no other reason than their urgent need to arrange a place for the children to go while the parents are away. Child care is an established institution that has arisen only over the last few decades, and it is a topic of great interest and importance.
The Forms of Child Care
There are essentially two forms of daycare used by parents in the United States and throughout most of the world. There are professional daycare centers and there are home-based providers. Professional centers are commercial enterprises doing business for a profit. Of course, home-based providers also do business for a profit, though they are often less well organized and business-like. The professional centers are generally monitored and regulated by city government, and they are required to maintain certain standards and practices. The workers are trained and may be required to maintain CPR and first aid skills. They may also be trained in child development since for young children a care center is normally the first school environment they will be exposed to.
In-home care providers are often women who have time and space available for children and who seek to earn income from home. They are normally less regulated and the only training they will have will be what they have attained on their own. Of course, to have children cared for in a person’s home may be preferred by many parents. In-homec providers can be viewed on a more personal level than professional providers, and they may actually be seen to offer devotion to the children.
Nannies and In-Home Child Care
Of course, care providers are often brought into parents’ homes to provide care where the children live. These providers may be called nannies. This arrangement can offer great benefits to both parents and children since the parents are able to monitor the care provided more closely and the children get to remain at home. Of course, the cost of nanny care is much higher than any other option, and for that reason, it is unusual.
Corporate Child Care
Daycare might also be provided as a fringe benefit of corporate employment. In some cases, corporate care for children is free to the parents and it is provided at the parent’s workplace, allowing the parent to check on the children throughout the day and easily retrieve them at the end of the day. Unfortunately, corporate care is normally only provided on a temporary basis. It is unlikely that a child will grow up in corporate care.
The Cost of Daycare
Daycare is expensive in any event, no matter how it may be provided. In most American cities, child care at a center will cost a minimum of $150 per child per week. In-home providers will often charge less, but will still probably cost $100 per child per week. As for nannies, they will generally expect a salary of $16 per hour or more, and may expect benefits as well. A nanny will be the parents’ employee, and the cost will be much higher.
Most children do gain benefit from their experiences with care providers. The make friends and play games and may actually begin their education. Risks and conflicts are really few and far between. Parents who choose wisely will find be proud that their children flourish in their early care. There is more information available at the Wee Watch Licensed Home Child Care website.