Whether your period of ‘work at home’ has come to an end, your maternity leave is almost up, or you simply just need some designated time to yourself to catch up on life to-dos, parents choose to hire childcare providers for a myriad of reasons. If finding the right childcare for your kids is on your agenda this fall season, we can help. Here are some tips.
Come up with a schedule and a budget
The first step is to determine how much time per week you need a childcare provider. This schedule may vary from time to time, depending on your work or personal life commitments, but you should have a good idea of how much you need someone to watch your children and how much you can afford.
Determine what you need
The next step is to figure out if you want to send your child to a daycare center or a private and licensed daycare run out of someone’s home, or if you want to hire a private nanny to come to your home.
- Daycare must-knows: When you research different daycare centers, be sure you keep some things in mind. Ask what the child to teacher/caregiver ratio is, what the hours of operation are, and if there are structured meal or educational times. Daycare situations can be ideal for kids that are very social and enjoy being in settings with larger groups of people and children. It also gives them a great way to learn important social skills and can help them learn how to play and share well.
Do you want your child to interact one-on-one with an adult caregiver? If so, looking at hiring a nanny might be a good idea.
- Nanny must-knows: A nanny is an experienced childcare provider that may also have training in early childhood behavior or development. Nannies work on both a part time and full time basis and can live in or out of the home. Nannies often help with errands, school drop off and pick up, and meal preparation for the children. Having a nanny in your home keeps your child in a comfortable and familiar environment, rather than having them attend a daycare setting. Nannies specialize in providing personalized and attentive care. Therefore, they are often more costly than daycares.
If you want to start the interview and hiring process with qualified and experienced nannies in your area, let us help! We have been placing exceptional candidates in homes around the country for more than two decades. Call our team at Household Staffing today to get started on finding the perfect match for your family.