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What To Do When You Have To Place Baby In Someone’s Care

Updated on August 27, 2016
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Some single mothers do not have the luxury of remaining at home with baby. They must work therefore, child care arrangements must be made. Proper planning frequently depends on income, availability, and state assistance. When mothers have to place baby in someone else’s care they tussle with pinpointing the best possible care.

First Move

When as a working mother outside child care materializes as a necessity, it behooves you to first assess your financial abilities. Withstanding starvation as a factor, you and baby begin to consider monthly payments. You start scrutinizing what other financial obligations you can put aside to make appropriate monthly payments.

Financial Assistance

When equipped with a regular disbursement, you may have the option of getting financial help from your state. Some states grant partial aid for working mothers. To qualify working mothers must fall within an income bracket. The state of Texas grant program NCI (Neighborhood Centers Incorporated), affords single mothers the opportunity to pay for what can be an expensive service. Click here for states that participate in government assistance programs. If you qualify, the award and your allocated amount, improves your child care leverage. Take note, the NCI and other government programs progress slowly, consequently allow more time for funding.

Homecare

With money in hand mother has to decide on type of care. The option for private homecare for baby is directly dependent on work hours. A majority of private care offers 9 to 5 hours with no weekends. Recently, some family service incorporated “mommy’s night out”. This is a special weekend care that is offered once or twice a month. In homecare is best suited for 9 to 5 working mothers. These caregivers are certified and regulated by their state. The ratio of baby to adult, toddler to adult and child to adult is also regulated state by state and is almost always limited. The caregiver can offer their service in either an apartment or a house. The number of children in private care usually small in numbers, exist in a no structured setting. Usually this service mimics mother’s home care.

Benefits To Homecare

The in homecare is more intimate and often yields one to one care, a preference for many working mothers. Baby is placed in a home setting so transition from mother’s care to someone else’s is not as traumatic. Homemade meals are frequently served. Some home base service provides one-on-one academic learning. This type of service less intimating for baby results in a friendly partnership between caregiver and mother. A great trust is formed. This special relationship between mother and caregiver means that both party work well together for the good of baby. Consequently crawling, walking and potty training is a joint achievement.

Disadvantages Of Homecare

Home base caregivers do not insist on updated vaccination. There is no classroom structure to prepare child for kindergarten. The uncertainty of reliable service due to personal crisis in the caregiver’s life can result in the shutting down of the service. This closing occurs without advance notice hence mothers often find themselves scrabbling to get alternative care. There sometimes exist an undercurrent struggle between caregiver and mother for baby’s affection.

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What To Look For In Homecare

After weighing all pros and cons you opted for homecare there are some important factors to analyze. First, a good home service participates in a type of government program. As a participant, the owner’s home gets inspected yearly. The state regulates the quality and structure of the service. The state observes the care provided - if nutritious meals are a part of the service, whether or not the place is clean as well as safe. These along with an extensive list are reviewed. The state has shut down many home providers for failure to meet its guidelines. While the state does not require home base providers to have an academic curriculum it is a feature you should expect. It is prudent to discern how well the caregiver speaks and interact with your child and then ask yourself, do you want your child in a one to one relationship with this person?

The Daycare Option

With a broader insight you concluded that homecare cannot be a consideration. You work weekends and overtime is mandatory. So, your child care option must include flexible hours with weekends. Furthermore, after looking into several home care providers, you decided that a daycare setting will work best for you and baby. With monthly payment in mind you begin the process of uncovering the best daycare for baby.

Locating A Daycare

The worldwide web is a great place to start researching Day-cares and the service they furnish. Check out these online resources to help uncover the best care for your child: Savvy Source, Great Schools, and Child Care Resource & Referral Agency. Even as you gather information the best input comes from parents who attend or did attend the facility. As you call and visit the locations be sure to get feedback from parents before placing your child.

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The Anatomy Of A Good Daycare

As you look into the daycare setting evaluate the quality of care. A good daycare starts with convenience; a place less than 5 miles from home and on the way to work. It employs staff who operates with the knowledge that children are individuals as they learn and grow. Within this setting there is an appropriate age division and the child to teacher ratio falls into these categories: 4 babies per teacher, 3 toddlers per teacher, and 4 children per teacher. Detect, if teachers enjoy longevity within the work environment. A good work environment means a good atmosphere for your child. Witness, as the Director is actively involved in the running of the facility. An efficient Director interacts regularly with teachers, parents and children. He or she guides the entire staff to the front of the line, eager and ready for positive interaction with parents and children. At the entry of the daycare is an updated state certificate and a welcoming atmosphere. A diverse presence of students means favorable acceptance for your child. The daycare serves daily hot healthy meals and snacks. Nap time is not too long to impact learning. The security and safety system incorporate modern technology. This means that parents have access codes and others are either buzzed in or greeted at the door. No open door policy is in place and everyone cannot enter and exit at their leisure. Look around the area and observe the type of furniture and toys in use, are they age appropriate and child friendly? The mission statement of the business should be child oriented with teacher directive. Ultimately, the best environment for your child is one that allows him to blossom and you alone can determine if that setting exists.

Nanny Status

Hiring a nanny is an added child care possibility. There are some agency that specialize in nanny service, you can locate one in your area. This type of care is more expensive and does not qualify under government assistance. There are some benefits but many anxieties using this category of service. It is good to have the nanny in your home to continue your exact schedule for baby however, the question arises did you hire a trustworthy individual? Is this person medically or psychologically able? Will this person invade your family’s privacy? Even with the best background check having a stranger in the home is a great risk and requires extensive precautions. Below is a short list of precautions to put in place.

  • Secure all personal and business documents.
  • Lock away credit cards, bank cards, check books, cash or any negotiable items.
  • Monitor medicine cabinet for misused prescriptions.
  • If applicable audit liquor cabinet for unauthorized use.
  • Lock all rooms to limit unwarranted access.
  • Install a nanny cam.

As you explore alternative care for baby, if you remember an aunt or cousin that retired, try to convince them to care for your child as you work. Placing your baby in family care most of the time supersedes any of the above options.

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