Consequences of Limited Childcare and how to avoid them
Childcare, including daycare and preschool, is often seen as a sort of necessary evil. No parent wants their child to be with strangers, but at the same time, living expenses require that at least one parent hold down a job, and in many cases it takes both parents working to put food on the table. In some ways childcare only adds to the problems a family is facing, however, because it creates yet another cost. In fact, some childcare facilities charge up to fifteen thousand a year. That’s the equivalent of a year’s salary earning minimum wage. Fortunately you can file childcare as one of your small business tax deductions, provided that you can prove your caretaker is qualified.
Not to mention the fact that childcare requires parents to put their trust in an administration to maintain their children’s wellbeing. Yet six out of ten children spend part of their time in childcare.
For these reasons, if none other, it is important to find the right childcare solution. Parents need responsible, friendly childcare providers, but they also need them cheaply. These seemingly opposed requirements make it somewhat difficult to find the ideal childcare provider. To make matters worse, many families are so busy it’s simply not realistic for them to do the research required to find the ideal candidate.
It is families who find themselves in these situations who benefit the most from a kind of limited childcare. There are three kinds of limited childcare which are commonly used in America. Each has its own positives and negatives.
The first is center-based care. This is the method by which you leave a child at a center designed for childcare and pick them up later. The upside to this kind of daycare is that the caretakers are usually specialists and the facility is designed with children in mind. They will often have movies, toys, and games to keep your children entertained. These centers are generally filled with other children as well, so your child is not likely to feel lonely.
The downside to this kind of limited childcare is that these centers are facilities and your children will have multiple caretakers, who may be stressed and tired from working with children all day. Assuming that they are able to maintain their composure around your children, they are still less likely to give your children the focused attention they need and desire. If you have to go in early or stay late at work there may be issues or additional fees as well, since as a facility, the center will also have an opening and closing time.
The other two types of limited childcare involve private caretakers, and as such have a much greater range than the first. While you can be reasonably certain that the caretakers at a center are drug tested for instance, the same thing isn’t necessarily true regarding private caretakers.
There are two types of private caretakers. Those who come to your home, and those who watch your child in their own homes. The advantage to having a caretaker come to your home should be fairly obvious. As your home is a place of comfort your child they will likely be far more comfortable at home with their things than away at someone else’s house. There is a price difference between caretakers who come to your home and caretakers who stay in theirs but depending on how far you would need to drive to drop your child off, you may save money on gas by going this route.
The final method, which involves leaving your child at the caretaker’s home can work, although there can also be issues involved. Many caretakers who work from home have children of their own. This is great if your child gets along with the caretaker’s as it means your child will have a friend to play with every day. However, nothing guarantees that your child will get along with the caretaker’s children, and the caretaker is likely to feel a bias towards their own children. This brings up the ultimate issue with both kinds of private limited childcare. There aren’t any overseers or other policyholders to govern how they behave, and so you have to put more trust in them to behave themselves. Even assuming the caretaker is able to act in a professional manner, there is something potentially disconcerting about taking your child and giving him or her to another parent who is able to stay home and take care of their own children.