Choosing Daycare Services: What to Consider

Little girl and boy playing plastic blocks in a daycare facility

Daycare and childcare services are often costly: in the US, it runs up from around USD 4,000 to 12,000. In cities like Youngstown, Ohio, daycare costs run to the high end of that scale at an average of USD 8,977 or USD 784 per month. 

As a new parent looking to return to work, it’s probably one of your worries right now. With such expenses, of course, you do want to find the best service possible. To help you out, take a look at the list below.

Research.

Take the time to research which facilities are available for you. Start by asking people close to you: friends who are parents, mommies you meet at your OB-Gyn or your pediatrician, or other parents at your local playground. Usually, they’re the ones with good referrals and recommendations. Ask them what makes it a good daycare service and inquire after their own experience. Take your search online too and do check out the state regulatory agency.

Know the type of service available.

There are two types of service available: group care and home-based care. Group daycares are run like a school, with children grouped together in similar or various age groups. Providers are usually licensed, too. 

On the other hand, home-based care is, as its name implies, run inside homes of the providers. Usually, the provider cares for his/her own child and only extended the same for other children. As most providers are simply parents, they aren’t often licensed. Know the difference and weigh the pros and cons of choosing one over the other.

Visit and interview.

Relying on suggestions and recommendations are not enough. While a daycare center comes highly recommended, it’s still a different ball altogether when you visit the place and ask the people there in person. This way, you’ll get a better feel if the daycare would suit your child’s needs.