My daughter was six months old when I decided to go back to fulltime employment. In order for me to do that however, we had to find her a suitable daycare. After much research and interviews, we decided on a Family Day Care rather than a Child Care Centre. As with everything, there are advantages and disadvantages with Family Day Care, but I am happy with the choice we made.
What is Family Day Care?
Family Day Care is an approved form of child care that is provided in the Family Day Care educators own home. Family Day Care educators are early childhood education and care professionals, registered with a Family Day Care service that is responsible for approving, supporting, training and advising its educators.
Why did we choose Family Day Care?
- An educator at a Family Day Care works with small groups of no more than four children under school age. Due to my daughter being so young, she required (and at times, still does) a lot more attention and one-on-one time.
- A Family Day Care is homebased. This setting provides a familiar, safe and secure learning environment.
- It is important for my daughters learning that she develops strong relationships with adults. She interacts with the same adults almost daily, so she develops strong bonds and helps her social development.
- Family Day Care look after children ranging in ages. This is good for my daughters development as she has to learn to deal with children her own age, younger, and older.
After meeting with Ubah (the Family Day Care educator), I knew her day care was for us. My daughter gravitated to her immediately. We chose the day care that worked within our budget and our lifestyle. Our daughter is thriving in her environment and we couldn’t be happier.