Day Care Costs – Tips to Choose the Best
Many mommies will want to get back to work and they can really go around the bend worrying about mounting costs of bringing up baby without having to add the anxiety of picking the most expensive daycare option nearest the home/office. However, new parents considering a daycare option for their baby need not focus on simply the most costly center as premium fees do not necessarily mean quality childcare; this should be looked upon as a balance between facilities given and security of the childcare services.
Thus, the first thing that new parents looking at whether to admit their child into a daycare facility is right for them need to understand is that if there is no other child-minder available, daycare provides the most sensible way of managing the child’s needs in a baby-friendly environment while they can concentrate on other matters. Besides, once the baby reaches pre-primary school going age, the cost of daycare will automatically reduce as the child’s needs are easier to meet once they are past the toddler stage!
A school-going child will be naturally spending more time at school, learning new activities and only attending daycare when school gets over, so the cost of daycare fees get tax-deductible for parents, which is a welcome change from expensive daycare at the beginner years.
One solution to controlling the amount of daycare fees you pay is to try and rearrange your work routine so either parent can take over the child’s care or find a work at home option that allows for both income to come in and the baby to be looked after in a home environment. You can ask around friends and family if there are any baby-sitter options available to you or the local high-school kids group in the neighborhood can help out for some pocket-money!
Some new parents with babies who have difficulty finding an affordable daycare option have even found success by advertising in the local papers and trading board and lodging for caregivers for their child-minding services – of course, this does depend on the age and needs of your baby, too and where you are situated.
For example, if you cannot change your residence to one where there are better or cost-effective daycare facilities, perhaps, a live-in baby sitter is a good bet, not that this is any cheaper but you do get to keep baby at home and an eye on the child-minder too.
Sometimes, hiring a nanny may be more expensive than enrolling a child in daycare depending on the qualifications and experience of the center and the child-minder; so choose with care if you are actually getting quality childcare (such as provided by small, family day-care providers who can give individualized attention) for the price you are willing to pay.
A viable option for active army people is to file for financial aid to cover their day care costs while the 850+ locations countrywide of the Child Care Resource and Referral unit also gives latest info to help parents decide kinds of child care and costs involved.
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