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Is daycare or childcare good for my child?

Updated on April 19, 2013
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Is daycare good for children?

Sending your child to daycare center is a difficult decision. Many new parents are caught in dilemma of what is the best decision for their family. With both parents working in tight schedule, the option of sending their child to the safety of childcare seems to be the only and best choice available. With urbanization, more couples are living far away from their parents, there is less likelihood of grandparents providing support for the children. The lack of extended family members help in nuclear families seem to further increase the need of daycare center.

Sending your child to daycare center is an individual choice. Parents need to consider various factors before deciding what is best for them:

1. Availability of good quality childcare center near your home or workplace. It is very important that children are under the guidance of quality childcare teachers. Research shows that quality of childcare makes a big difference in the future developments of child. A good child care needs to take care of physical, emotional, academic and spiritual needs of the child. In case of emergency, what is the response of teachers? The hygiene and safety factors of the childcare. These are some of the considerations need to be analyzed before deciding the childcare center.

2. Family environment. It is critical that children have somebody to care, guide and help when they are alone. It could be grandparents, parents and elder siblings. If the family network is big, strong and stimulating, there might not be the need to send your child to childcare. The child might be able to enjoy and learn more at home in such cases. However, if the family environment is bad, like there is violence, addiction, substance abuse, etc, then sending your child to child care could be the life saving decision. So, family environment plays a significant role in deciding the need of child care.

3. Money matters. Child care fees can be extremely high and might be unaffordable for some families. In some countries, subsidies are available for single parents or families with less monthly income. On the other hand, sometimes where both parents are working, the giving up of one person's job might be not possible due to financial factors. In that case, childcare might look as the only alternative to avoid job loss of mother or father. This can again be the best decision in light of financial and family responsibility.

So, each family needs to take their own decision about the child care. When all the factors involved are considered, then we can truly decide what is best for our child and family. All the best. Enjoy your decision making.


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    • Ruchi Urvashi profile image

      Ruchi Urvashi 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Sueswan, thanks for your feedback and voting!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Ruchi,

      You have brought up some very good questions parents should ask themselves when they are considering daycare for their children.

      Voted up and interesting.

      Take care :)