Parents need to protect their
children for the future. Therefore, one of the job descriptions that goes
along with being a good parent is to provide future financial security
for the children, including budgeting for the cost of raising a child,
arranging for appropriate child care, planning on how to afford college
tuitions, and purchasing life and disability insurance.
Choosing the best child care for
children is an important decision. When both parents work outside of the
home, small children need to be left in "someone's" care. The question is
who is the best someone to trust their children's care to.
There are two major types of child
care - away from home day care and at home day care.
Away-from-home care can be
provided by day care centers of family day care. Children are able to play
with other children and can enjoy games and activities that may not be in
their homes. Parents enjoy the stability of care - no last minute
cancellations from baby sitters.
Another option is at-home day
care. This provides one-on-one attention between a child and his or her
care giver. Parents also can be sure that their children are receiving
care at a secure, stable place - their own home.
Regardless of which day care is
chosen, the following tips may help parents in their quest to find the
best child-care provider:
Define The Job.
Figure out exactly what you want
this person to do, including cooking, laundry or cleaning. Be sure to let
the prospective employee know exactly what is expected of him or
Get The Word Out.
Ask everyone you know for
recommendations. Place advertisements in church and synagogue bulletins,
college employment offices, and newspapers. In your advertisement, state
the number of children to be watched, the hours you need and salary
Screen By Phone.
Interview prospective care givers
on the phone. If you have any reservations after the phone interview, you
needn't take the interview process any further. Trust your instincts
Ask the prosepctive employee for a
face-to-face interview at your home. If you don't trust the person or
feel he or she is wrong for the job, keep looking.
Check Out All
Ask all final candidates for
references, and be sure to check whether the references are valid or not.
You can learn a lot about a person from former employers.
Allow For A Period Of
Give your new care giver a bit of
time with you and your child before he or she starts, so he or she can see
what you do with your child. It also allows the care giver and the child
a chance to get to know each other before you let them spend full days
Keep The Arrangement On A Trial
Basis Until You're Sure It Will Work Out.
Give a two-week trial period to
make sure your child is happy. Your instincts will tell you whether or
not you've found a workable arrangement.
By following these tips, parents
can be assured that they are taking the right steps in finding the child
care that best suits the needs of their family.