Asking the right questions is the key to finding the right kind of caregiver for your child. It is important to get all support and resources at hand by making wise decisions. This choice can be quite daunting and overwhelming for parents both old and new. All parents want the best care for their children- one that is safe, educational, professional and nurturing.
Nowadays, when most parents are working, daycare centres have become a natural and practical choice for the care of their children. A greater and greater percentage of parents either place their child in daycare or in the care of a nanny or babysitter.
First of all, understand your child and his/her temperament, habits, likes and dislikes. Their needs vary according to their age. If your child is an infant under a year old, they need special attention and nurture. They have their special health needs as well. If the child is older, they need to learn to socialize with kids their own age, learn to play independently, and develop a sense of curiosity and intellect. For such children, daycares often function as pre-schools that act as building blocks for kindergarten or elementary school.
Always interview prospective nannies or babysitters, and look into their backgrounds and references. The kind of babysitter you need depends on the hours and the nature of work you would want from them. If you have longer hours and too many business trips, then in-house care will be more convenient for you. Always remember to listen to your own sense of judgment and first impressions, because they’re usually almost always right. Give your requirements more priority than preferences. Observe how the babysitter interacts with your child and how the child in turn responds to them. By giving in-house care to your child, the biggest advantage is that one person is solely devoted to your child’s care and needs, in their home environment. However, this means that the child is not exposed to kids their age, that too at a higher cost.
Check out all the daycares in your list and see whether their infrastructure is up to the mark and childproofed, and worth the money you will be spending. They should have a pediatrics section as well, in the case of any emergencies or behavioral issues. Trust is the most important in such an exercise. Never settle for an option or choose the better of the worst lot. Keep looking out and talking to parents and any other related childcare officials. It is important that your child too feels comfortable in the company of the caregiver.
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