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Deciding between Daycare and Home Care

Deciding between Daycare and Home Care

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When both parents are working, it becomes essential to leave the child with a caregiver. This caregiver may be grandparents, a full-time maid or a daycare facility. It is critical that your viewpoint of child rearing, discipline and nurturing matches with that of the person you are entrusting your child with. The choice of daycare or home care for your baby should consider the following:

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

There are no Indian laws or regulations that govern the private day care facilities in India. Choose a daycare that has a low child to caregiver ratio, a safe well equipped environment and trained staff that knows how to handle emergencies.

  • Your child’s temperament and behavior
  • Your family’s values and emotional needs
  • Trustworthiness of the caregiver

Both day care and home care have their
pros and cons.

Daycare

  • More affordable
  • Professionally managed
  • Provides an opportunity for interaction with other children.

However, daycares come with the disadvantages of travel time, increased incidence of illness and inflexible timings.

Home care

  • More familiar environment for the child
  • Less cause for illness
  • More convenient

However, home care is usually more expensive. It also leads to a lack of privacy and lack of security. Most parents would not trust their baby with a stranger unless there are other family members to oversee the care giver.

Ultimately the decision is intuitive. Based on your interaction with the caregivers you have to decide where your child will be happy, safe and have the best opportunity to learn and grow.

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