inhome daycare

Noella - posted on 10/16/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I live in GA and my son is 5 months, I am currently paying $150 per week for full time. The person that watch him is not certified, she just watches him in her home and she can go anywhere she likes with him. Child care center would cost $170 per week 6:30am-6:30pm. Am I paying too much now? Is a daycare center better?

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Michelle - posted on 10/17/2014

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For the extra $20 I would go to a daycare centre. That's just my preference.

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Noella - posted on 10/21/2014

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Thank you everyone for your responses and suggestions. Sadly, I addressed the babysitter if she could reduce the price a little because she will be having 3 more newborns in her home in the next couple of months, she said she couldn't because she's changing diapers and watching a baby that will cry, and that she was already under paid. I did not push it as I was just addressing it. The place is small and he can't have all of his toys that he need there. As far as learning, I wouldn't compare it to that of daycare center. Few days later, I received a call from her only to say that she could not watch him any longer. I was shocked, but I did not fuss over it. I guess everything happens for a reason. Are there any mom's that have experienced this situation before? Now I am having to look for a new sitter in such a short time.

Chet - posted on 10/17/2014

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My childcare preference with a baby or young toddler is to have a nanny, babysitter, or intimate home based childcare. An institutional setting in a daycare centre, with rotating caregivers, and 7 or 8 babies together in a group, isn't natural.

There's been a lot of discussion lately about research suggesting that time spent in daycare centres raises cortisol (stress hormone) levels in babies and toddlers. There is concern that this impacts the immune system, the digestive system, and the capacity for learning and attachment. Some research also suggests that time spent in institutional care as an infant or toddler can impact cortisol patterns later in life (during the teen years).

Many parents need to use daycare centres because they can't find a single person who can cover the hours they need, or they have problems coping with lapses in care when their provider is sick or takes vacation. Given the choice though, I think the best thing for a baby is to be cared by a single person who gives them the sort of individual attention and experiences a parent would - lots of talking, singing, cuddling, affection, being carried around, and with lots of exposure to typical experiences in a household and in the neighbourhood.

Sarah - posted on 10/17/2014

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I think $150 for in home non certified is normal. Here that is on the lower side. As far as daycare center or in home that depends on what you prefer. In home will have small numbers and may have more of a home feeling then a center. He will get more one on one with the in home. With the in home he will also be able to go places like the park, children's museum, zoo, etc. If you have one close. If he is the only one she is caring for then the daily schedule can be structured around his needs. A center is going to have a set routine that is followed each day no matter if one child may need a longer nap on a particular day or not. A center will offer more socialization with others his age. The center may have more access to resources. A center is going to have multiple care givers that rotate through the day where as in home will have one care giver for him throughout the day. So it depends on what type of care you want.

Guest - posted on 10/17/2014

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I'm with Michelle although I am not really a fan of day cares, I prefer an in home nanny, but I always required they be state certified, up to day on CPR certification, and didn't allow personal errands, which could make them more expensive than day cares. Day cares often lack in individual attention, and they can be quite full of germs, leading to a lot of illness the first year or so until the child's immune system is strengthened. That said, they do offer a lot of educational and social enrichment on a level that is sometimes higher than even the best in home nannies can offer.
If the lady watching him were certified, and I knew that as he grew he would be exposed to some basic educational and social activity, I would more seriously consider her as an option, but if not, I would go with the daycare.

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