Dealing With Daycare – Modern Women, Modern Problems
In today’s world, more women have entered the work force than ever before, leading to the triumphs of a dual income household. Unfortunately, many moms are also unable to stay home and tend to the children and so daycare becomes a necessity. According to some sources, around seventy percent of today’s young ones in America will be enrolled in a day care or child care center at some point. Of those, around one fourth are under the age of five and receive primary day care, while the older children may have morning or after school daycare. However, this can also be an issue for many parents, since the cost of daycare is rising continually. Costs vary widely, but the average amount spent on child care each year is about $11,000.
How to Find Good Daycare
Shop for a good daycare. Seriously, do you want your little one in the company of bad people? It is up to you to ensure that the place where your baby spends time without you is safe and offers a place for them to thrive. A good daycare center will offer multiple opportunities for children to learn and work in an age appropriate setting. Look over the educational opportunities they offer. Talk to other parents who use this center and ask them questions. Make sure the owner and staff do not have criminal backgrounds, and trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, something probably isn’t right.
It seems somewhat ridiculous to spend half your pay on daycare, but so many parents live paycheck to paycheck that the half that is left is desperately needed. If you need help affording daycare, many state programs offer subsidies for certain centers and may be able to help offset the cost. In addition, you may be able to volunteer your time or resources in exchange for a reduced rate.
Getting Your Child Used to a New Daycare
When you have chosen a child care center, it is a good idea to introduce your child to the new people and place gradually. On your free time, stop by with your child and hang out for a little while, then stay a little longer next time and so on until your child feels comfortable in what is now a familiar place. This will also give you a chance to see how the day-to-day operations of the center work and you will know exactly what your child will be doing at any given time.