Why Should You Consider Choosing in home daycare over a larger facility? Here are 7 good reasons taken from childcareandpreschool.com and modified by me...
- Comfortable, warm home setting—A lot of children struggle with going to a new daycare because it’s a totally different environment than anything they’ve ever experienced before. In-home childcare, on the other hand, provides a comfortable home setting that is non-threatening to your children. Simply put, it just feels more familiar to them than a large, commercial daycare center. This will help your child relax easier and ease their anxiety.
- Fewer children = personal attention—Because a home usually isn’t as large as a commercial daycare center, In-home childcare facilities have limited enrollment. What does this mean for you? It means your childcare provider will be able to give your kid more personal attention than they would get elsewhere. In-home daycares have great teacher to child ratios, so your kid will never get lost in the crowd. Many in-home providers have only around 5-6 kids at a time. Always ask the childcare provider how many children they accept at any one time.
- Affordable and meaningful rates—Because this is a small business run from the comfort of their home, in-home daycares are able to offer some of the most affordable rates around. See, they don’t have an expensive lease to pay for or a large staff on payroll. Lower overhead for them means cheaper rates for you. Of course, you should never choose a daycare on price alone, hence "you get what you pay for," but with this economy, sticking to a budget is always a concern.
- Turnover is low—Perhaps the most important reason to choose in-home childcare is the low turnover rate—both for providers and children attending. Obviously, the childcare provider will always be the same because it’s their house. But also, the children who attend in-home daycares tend to stay at the same facilities for a few years. That’s because in-home childcare isn’t like the large commercial chains where kids come and go as they please based on a parent’s schedule. No, the parents who place their kids in a home daycare have done their research and are looking for a long-term facility to monitor their children. The result: your kids get to build strong relationships with both their caregiver and the other children. Siblings are also able to stay together, rather than in different rooms per age.
- Nutritious meals—At least in MY home, I offer nutritious meals and snacks to children. This includes a lot of home made meals, made with many organic foods. Processed/canned foods are served at a BARE minimum. Most commercial facilities use whatever food program is cheaper, which most likely supplies mostly canned/processed foods. None of which is good for our children.
- Established curriculum— Even though this may be an in home daycare, that doesn't mean your child won't be learning anything. In home daycare is not typical babysitting. In fact, most providers don't even agree with that term "babysitter." We are teachers, and like myself, we are certified and educated in this field. When you place your child in a daycare, you want to know they’re participating in a curriculum that helps them grow during these important formative years. I use my education to design my own curriculum to help your child develop properly. Don't forget, playtime is just as important as structured activity time, so I create my curriculum to incorporate both.
- Licensing doesn't mean everything- Just because a home or daycare is licensed, doesn't necessarily mean they're better. There have been many reports of licensed daycares (commercial and in home) that didn't follow protocol. But don't let that scare you away from a home that may not be licensed. There are many reasons for this, in my case, and it's not a bad thing. For some states, licensing is not required as long as you stay within the ratio limit.