How do you and your partner determine what is the ideal child care option?
All grown ups involved in decisions about child care need to have an honest chat first:
Share your personal experiences, impressions and assumptions about the different childcare options.
Discuss your belief patterns of what is best for a child’s growth – some parents believe that mom must stay at home, others think one-on-one care and free play is best while many are firmly convinced children need organized educational activities.
Identify your personal preferences. Some parents are uneasy at the idea of having another person in their home during the day or even more “intrusively”, 24/7 as is the case for a live-in nanny or au pair. Concern about illness in daycare is another.
Sometimes all of this is not uncovered until one parent has done considerable work to investigate solutions, only to discover that their assumptions were not shared!
Early discussion will hopefully avoid unnecessary effort and disappointment.