Merits of home daycare
A lot of daycares can have smaller groups of children and ensure more individual attention, something most centers cannot assure. The important point is the child-to-staff ratio. If there are not enough adults to supervise, then it means a child gets less scope of one-on-one interaction, which is very important.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the child-staff ratio for children within 12 months should be 3-to-1, irrespective of the kind of kid you have.
The National Association for Family Child Care gives accreditation that assures that your provider abides by the state's regulations, including child-staff ratios.
Both daycare centers and home daycares provide the opportunity to mix, play and learn from other children, but nanny care doesn't. But unlike the daycare centers that tend to group kids according to age groups, home daycares normally have kids in the mixed age group, which more closely mirror families and also helps the child stay comfortably with older and younger kids.
"I like the fact that there are other children my son can play with and learn from," says Cindy Goral, a baby center mom from Palo Alto, California. "As he's the alone ones in his family he truly relishes social interaction."
In most cases the daycare centers regardless however friendly and receiving it may be, but plays a vital role as an Institution. In such case, home daycare can be the really great thing to your own home. And if you are lucky enough to find a good provider in your vicinity, your child will have a real good time at home and feel a lot better.
"My favorite thing about home childcare is that it's a homey environment, and my children get lots of attention and hugs," says Phyllis Hodson-Hustell, a baby center mom from Rossville, Indiana. "Plus, our caregiver is located at the same small town where we live, so she's close by, and my daughters will get to know neighborhood kids whom she'll likely know all her life."
Home daycare is often cost effective. Some daycare providers charge as much as centers that are not normally the case.
Practically a home daycare may be more flexible about pickup and drop-off times and less likely than a center to charge a fine for every minute you are late. They also tend to close for a fewer holidays as compared to most centers, helping in better learning and development.
Actually, a lot of daycare providers are moms themselves, so you are quite sure that you are leaving your child who is used to and comfortable caring for babies and children and certainly have a remarkably strong mothering instinct. And regarding different childrearing opinions, sometimes you and your provider may differ on some issues, but as long as you find who shares your basic care giving philosophy, the 'mom' factor is a sheer boon.
Demerits of home daycare
If you are looking for a caregiver with formal training, home daycare is not probably right. Unlike the employees in a childcare center, Mrs. Johnson down the street probably has not taken any child development classes. Some states also want home daycare providers to complete a certain number of hours and safety courses, but that is not a substitute for college courses or a certificate in early childhood education.
Licensing requirements for home daycares are usually less than stern. In some states and countries it is required but most of them really do not. If you are the one residing in an area without licensing requirements, you will have to depend on your own judgments-an eye for safety and sanitation hazards-to make sure that the environment is acceptable for your kid and he is comfortable with the surroundings. This would no doubt affect learning and growth of your child.
Another major drawback is there may not be a backup caregiver or any substitute in case your regular caregiver opts to go on a vacation or fall seriously ill. Further if you do not have a understanding boss or a backup caregiver, you may end up using all of your vacations and sick days at home with your child. You may end up in some serious trouble and also having a tough time. The centers may charge extra costs but it makes up for the backup caregiver and guaranteed care giving to your child making you burden free. Home daycare fails to satisfy continued service and proper backup facility where as daycare centers are way ahead in such horizons. So it really is something you can say worth its cost as it relieves you of the extra load and pressure and at the same time assuring continued learning and growth.