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Saturday, July 30, 2011
Putting my life in someone else's hands!
Sounds a little daunting doesn't it? Like I am getting a serious operation or going on a dangerous expedition. But no...I'm looking for childcare.
Is it normal to have this kind of anxiety? I'm not afraid of leaving my little person with someone, someone I know! This whole process of regular childcare is fraught with tension. And not only is it about finding the right person but also the right type of childcare.
After my research I have discovered this...there are childcare centers, licensed daycares, unlicensed daycares, nannies and casual babysitters. And they all have their advantages and disadvantages.
Childcare centers-these are what we think of as traditional day cares. Held in public buildings, with many caregivers, and many more children (max 12 kids for infant/toddlers). Really, to me, it's like school for the little ones. Advantages are that they are more flexible for when you need part-time and everyone is fully certified, and the disadvantages are (and I'm just guessing) that the relationships built with the caregiver and child are more like teacher/student relationships.
License Not Required Caregiver (unlicensed daycare): they are allowed to care for two children or less that are not related, not including their own children. The advantages are that there are less children, disadvantages are that there is no licensing requirements needed. They can be registered as not licensed and that requires them to have first aid, criminal check, home inspection, and references.
Licensed Caregivers: they are allowed up to 7 children including their own. And there is a range of regulations regarding the ages of the children. Advantages, fully regulated and full certifications like, Childsafe First Aid Certificate, Criminal Record Check, References, must comply with the Child Care Licensing, & Facility Act and Regulations. Disadvantages many more children to caregiver ratio.
Nannies: this is where a caregiver comes to your home to care for your child. Advantages are personalized care, no need to transport child, ability for child to bond. Disadvantages are no social interaction with other kids, no supervision or other children around, and much more expensive.
Luckily there are a few organizations in Kelowna to help the child caring process. Nannysitters they will arrange all types of child care for a fee, although the fee can be a little expensive, it does help in a bind. We are actuallly using one of their babysitters next week while going to a wedding. There is also the Kelowna Child Care Society which is a government funded society with resources and a referral service. I was able to find a bit of information regarding rates & regulations on their site.
So there are many things you need to look at when deciding on the type of childcare that you require. Other than the details like, when are they open, what happens on holidays or when the child is sick, or what they charge, it really comes down to the particular person or place. And the most consistent advice that I have received, is to find someone or somewhere where you feel comfortable. Go with your gut instinct, it's mother's instinct.
And if you have any other advice...please let me know! Maybe I should just lock him up in a cage?!
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