It’s one of the biggest decisions any mother will ever make . . . to work or not to work.
While many mothers find that staying home is one of the greatest joys of their lives; others may appreciate time away from home, and find it empowering to find purpose outside of motherhood. On another note, some mother would love to be home with their little ones but their budget simply doesn’t allow it.
No matter what your reason for heading back to the workplace, childcare is most likely at the forefront of your mind.
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Finding the perfect childcare provider for you is often overwhelming at first. There are so many things to think about! Am I comfortable with the providers at this facility? Are there too many kids for my child to get personalized care? Can I trust a stranger with the welfare of my baby? While it can be challenging to wade through the “what ifs” it can be done with careful consideration and these helpful hints . . .
Can’t Afford Childcare? You May be Able to Get it Free
First and foremost, childcare boundaries are set by budget. Some moms simply have one that is nonexistent. If you can’t afford childcare and need to get back in the workforce, you may qualify for governmental funding that provides free or low cost childcare to facilities approved by the government in your area.
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Consult Parents in the Area
The best predictor of the future is the past. Parents who have had a child in the childcare program that you are looking into will have advanced knowledge of what a day in the life of the program looks like. You might also check with those same parents if anyone has left the facility on bad terms. It’s a good idea to gather both the pros and the cons to get a good idea of what might work for your family.
Consider Your Child
Remember, just because you mesh well with the provider that you are interviewing doesn’t necessarily mean that your child will. You should always set up an appointment sans your child to begin with, then arrange a meeting including your child. It’s important that you trust the provider and also that your child is comfortable with the provider. Because some children are naturally shy, you should try a few visits before you decide completely against the provider unless you just have a gut feeling it isn't the right choice.
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While it isn't always a walk in the park, finding a childcare provider that both you and your child love is completely doable. The most important part of finding the right one for you is that you both feel comfortable with your choice. Remember that just because someone else loves a provider doesn't mean that you will. Some personalities just don't mesh.
However, you should also keep in mind that some horror stories, as long as they aren’t of harm or neglect, can be opinion only. If you love the provider and your child does too . . . give it go. If it doesn’t work out you can always find someone who does.