Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Types Of Available Child Care

By Adriana Noton

Working parents need to find child care for their children when they are not at home to watch over them. Those that have older children or family that live with them may already have help. Those that don't want to find responsible care from people or services that won't over charge them.

Parents may also want to make sure that their children are having a good time. Also that they are learning things that can help them with school and other situations.

For those that have the assistance of friends and family members, child care can be provided directly in the home. Babysitters can come to the home as needed around work and school hours and for special occasions where the parents need them. There are many levels of service that can be provided by babysitters or nannies. Some have first aid certification and licensing to provide care, while others may have no formal training but previous experience caring for children. There are also babysitters that provide house cleaning, cooking, and other services as needed.

Day care centers are a popular means of child care, though they tend to be more expensive and have a lot more requirements and regulations than an at-home babysitter might. Caregivers at these centers usually need some type of formal training and experience working with children, as well as first aid certifications and clean criminal records. Centers that also serve as preschools and kindergartens may require that their caregivers have degrees in early childhood education as well.

Day care centers are a good place for children to learn how to socialize. By working and playing with other children around their own age, kids learn to be polite and how to handle being in group situations. Young children get an idea of what it will be like to go to school, and older children can learn how to implement the social skills they have learned in school in other situations.

Though they provide a high-level of care, child care Brampton centers are not the best option for all parents. Many centers operate only during business hours on weekdays. Those that do cater to parents with irregular schedules, such as those that work nights, weekends, and holidays, may charge more. They may also have specific rules about how often they can watch children at the odd hours.

Many private schools and even some public schools have created after-school programs for children that need to be looked after when their parents aren't home. Usually these programs last only a few hours in the late afternoon and never on weekends. There may be fees involved to participate in the program, or low income families may be able to participate for free as long as they meet eligibility requirements.

Some malls, grocery stores, and department stores provide child care for short periods of time while parents are doing their shopping. They may not have specially trained caregivers, but they will have toys and games to play with to keep the kids occupied. Parents may only be able to leave their children in such facilities for an hour or two, and often have to pay for the service.

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