Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Selecting Childcare How To

There are many ways that you can go in finding someone to provide childcare for your child while you work. In this modern day and age, there are websites available such as www.sittercity.com and www.care.com where one can go to find babysitter listings. This can be just as good as any to come in contact with your child's perfect care giver.
Many areas also have referral services available that have already screened local child care providers, and the candidates that they refer have to have met a list of specific critera before they will even put you in contact with them. This can give the parent the peace of mind that their child care provider has had things like drug testing, and criminal background testing when the parent doesn't have the resources to preform this extensive of a review themselves. Click here and here to explore some child care referral resources.
There are also state certified day care providers available. Often, these particular providers are available for extra hours like second and third shift where othe providers usually only work Monday through Friday daytime type hours. Your local Job and Family Services can provide a list of state providers available in your area.
Still other parents choose to go with a daycare center. Many areas offer a variety of child care centers with cafetireas and playgrounds, and some employers even offer assistance with paying for certain child care centers.
There are pros and cons involved with all of these methods of selecting someone to care for your child. The interenet could provide you with a wonderful, qualified person to care for your child. But everyone knows the internet sometimes provides a safe place to hide for criminals and predators. These people can be very smart and deceptive. Obviously you have to be extremely careful about whom you contact online. Referral services also can be extremely helpful, but what about the service themselves? If the service is second rate, how can you trust those it refers? Make sure the service guarantees those it will send you too. State certified providers have a lot of special training and really know how to step it up in an emergency. If you qualify for state pay, then the state will assist you or in some cases pay %100 of the child care provider's fee. However, if you don't qualify for state assistance, the provider is required to charge you what the state would pay them, and so their services can be very expensive. I was interested in using a girl I went to school with that is now a state child care provider, but she herself told me she was required by the state to charge me so much, that she would be too expensive for me. Daycare centers can be very expensive, and if something happens which causes you to have to leave your child past the time that they close, the fees can really rack up in a hurry. However, I have really had a much better experience with an actual daycare center than private providers. My child really likes the school atmosphere, and I have been very satisfied with the way that they take my child's special needs and my requests very seriously. Check with your local YMCA about their child care program, as myself and many people that I know have had great success with various different YMCA's.
Whichever route you go to find your child's care provider, the most important thing is to interview the person. They should care about your child's health, safety, and well being as much as you do. Your child's safety and best interests should be paramount to them. They should exibit great interest in learning about your child's background, especially their medical history. It's a good sign if they ask you questions. They should be receptive to allowing you to explore the child care environment. Make sure it is a place you feel comfortable leaving your child. If there are little warning bells going off in your mind, PAY ATTENTION. Go with your instincts. Also pay attention to how your child reacts to the person, and how the person interacts with your child. Do not tolerate and inappropriate behavior toward you or your child. Expect your child's care provider to adhere to any rules or restrictions with regards to your child if at all possible. Any disregard for the way that you ask that a person care for your child is inappropriate.