Choosing Your Child's Best Care Option

SEPTEMBER 16, 2008

You want to give your young child the best care possible while you're working full-time at your practice during the day. Unfortunately, child care can be outrageously expensive and not something you can skimp on. Since there are several options to explore, suggests that you should perform thorough research to determine which method of child care is right for you. The best place to start looking is by asking friends and family with children to refer you to a reputable child care provider to help you narrow down all of your options. A professional nanny is widely considered the ideal choice, but they can be tremendously expensive, especially if you go through a referral service that conducts background checks and screening interviews. Similar to a nanny is an au pair, who is usually between ages 18 and 26 and comes from another country to live with you and take care of your children for a period of typically up to 2 years. The State Department sets some of the costs involved, including airfare, training, and screening. Outside of your home, a family day care or child care center may be good options for your child. A licensed family day care is relatively affordable, and your child can interact with other children while playing with age-appropriate indoor and outdoor toys and equipment. A child care center takes a more educational approach, but can be much more expensive. These centers traditionally focus on social interaction and education through a set curriculum.

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