Picking a childcare provider/nanny

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Picking a childcare provider/nanny
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Wed, 11-07-2007 - 7:32am

What ranks on levels of importance when picking a child care provider?

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Registered: 07-26-2007
Wed, 11-07-2007 - 7:38am

Before 3 or 4 years old, I prefer home-based care. After that, either way is fine with me. I don't care much for center based care prior to 3 or 4 because I like the continuity of one provider during those years. Granted, you have to choose well to ensure you get one who will remain in business that long--I never really looked very long at any provider who hadn't been in business for at least 4 or 5 years, and I specifically asked them about their plans for their business.

Also I found providers who ran their business LIKE a business (contracts, rules, etc.) were more likely to be in it for the long haul. If a provider couldn't show me her record keeping, didn't have a contract with the rules of her providing spelled out specifically, I wasn't interested.

That, among other, more personal/hands-on things with the kids, obviously.

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Wed, 11-07-2007 - 9:30am

As much as I would love a nanny that comes to the house, there is no way I can afford that.

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Wed, 11-07-2007 - 11:06am

I prefer the home atmosphere of a home dc--family home, wide range of ages, pets, an actual yard to play in instead of a playground/park, etc. But then I was also fortunate in already knowing a home dcp so I didn't have to go looking for one. She hadn't been in business long when I used her pt for Joy. But by the time I used her ft with Dylan, she had been in business for over 15 years.

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Registered: 10-13-2007
Wed, 11-07-2007 - 2:55pm

I thought I would add my 2 cents, lol


I have always been home until they went to kindergarten or I worked hours that my dh was home to be with the kids so I am not sure what I would choose if I went to work during the day. I think probably an in home daycare. Seems more personal than a daycare center, but then again, I haven't really had experience with one so who knows.


Just from reading your posts, I would think you may need more of a

Lori

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Wed, 11-07-2007 - 4:43pm
I have used daycare and in home care. Both were good. I like the daycare as if, god forbid, something happens, there are more people there to help. At home care had different age kids while the daycare breaks them down by age so they are more familiar with kids their own age.
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Registered: 10-30-2007
Wed, 11-07-2007 - 4:52pm
Your right.
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Wed, 11-07-2007 - 5:12pm

If you can afford a nanny, that's probably the way to go.

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Registered: 10-13-2007
Wed, 11-07-2007 - 5:13pm

Wow!! That would be a cool job!!!! Good luck with that!! When will you be finished with all you classes and out in the work force flying around??


I am currently taking classes for medical transcriptionist, which I will be glad to be done and job hunting but that will be a little while and not nearly as exciting!!


Good luck with everything! I hope you get your dream job!!

Lori


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mom to 4 great guys!

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Wed, 11-07-2007 - 8:14pm

For us with our twins it was a nanny. We didnt want them in other care outside the home, away from us. With a nanny one of us was always home till they were very verbal. Then we were generally around when the nanny was with them (one of us). This way for example I could work from home, and still keep an eye on what was going on -- and when I traveled or commuted DH would keep an eye on things.


With a third on the way, I'm currently interviewing nannies......we'll ahve someone full time starting when I go back to work to help out until our youngest is preschool age (3).



It gives us all lots of flexibility and the ability to have our youngest children in the home. which we prefer.


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Registered: 10-24-2007
Wed, 11-07-2007 - 8:43pm

The next best thing to me is home daycare.

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