Child Care

Examining your care provider options

In a perfect world, we'd never have to choose between staying home with our children and heading off to work - but the reality is that having a stay-at-home parent isn't an option for every family.

If you find yourself in need of child care services, then before you jump in, you need the facts. That way, you can find the child care provider who's right for you and your child.

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There are a number of avenues you can take when it comes to child care, each one with its pros and cons, depending on your situation. The key is to find out all you can before you commit to one service - and that's where we come in. We'll do the legwork for you, with our helpful articles on child care programs and nanny services. We've got the facts you need to know and the questions you need to ask.

Trusting your child to the care of others is a huge decision and one of the most difficult you might encounter as a parent. But remember, you can make it. With the right information and the right tools, you can find a child care provider who puts both you and your child at ease.

Child Care Questions to Ask

If this is your first time looking for a steady child care plan for your little one, you might be a little lost, but this section of Kidica is an excellent start to get you thinking about some of the most important factors, and the most important questions to ask, when selecting the best kind of child care provider or program for your family. Do you want part-time or all-day care? Do you want your child to have the abundance of one-on-one attention that a private babysitter or nanny can offer, or the socialization of a larger babysitting service or day-care? Do you want your child cared for in your home, someone else's home, or a center? Could you use some help with household duties as well as child care? How much money do you have in your budget to pay for child care?

Once you have narrowed down the type of child care you think would be best for your family, a whole new set of questions for the care providers themselves becomes important. What kind of structure is there? What kinds of activities? What kinds of snacks? How are behavioral problems addressed? Read on to learn more about choosing quality child care.