What is Good Quality Childcare?

Many researches were carried out in the U.S., U.K., and Australia about childcare and they all have negative and positive feedback, but there's not a marked difference between the pros and cons.

Parents who are about to return to the workforce, looking for the best available childcare for their child is of the utmost importance. This is no easy task as every child is different and the younger the child the harder it is to find good quality care.

Having worked in the childcare industry for a number of years, I've noticed that children under the age of 2 should be cared for in the home environment and that the carer to child ratio should be 1:3. This gives the child a more personalised care but also with stimulation and socialisation with a small group of other children, and as such can only be found in a high quality Family Day Care.

There are a number of options of childcare available such as Long-Day Childcare, Family Day Care (FDC), Community-based Child Care, and Nanny.

Hiring a nanny is an alternative to sending your child to childcare, it's a personalised childcare but the child may not have any interactions with other children and this can impede their development.

I highly recommend that parents do a thorough research in the type of care that is best for their child as every child is their own person and have their own individual needs and as such should not be passed around between 2, 3 or 4 different carers in a day.

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