Home-based providers are just as the name implies: providers that run a daycare setting out of their home. According to the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC), approximately 1,000,000 home-based childcare providers in the United States take care of and educate around 4,000,000 children. With so many children attending this type of setting, it is definitely worth taking a look at when considering daycare options. Below are a few of the advantages and disadvantages I found while researching home-based settings.
1. Generally a low ratio of children to adult(s).
2. Most daycare workers choose this career because they love children.
3. Generally cheaper than both a nanny and a daycare center.
4. Opportunities for socialization with other children.
5. Child is taken care of by one (or possibly two) provider(s).
6. Exposure to children of varying ages.
7. Hours are generally flexible. Some providers watch children on the weekends as well.
8. Often home-based settings do not charge enormous overtime fees when you have to pick up late due to a meeting.
9. Comfortable home setting, which might be more fitting for your child than a center.
1. Not all home care providers are licensed.
2. Providers are not required to have background experience in child care.
3. Not all settings offer an academic program.
4. Exposure to extra-curricular activities, such as dance and art, may be limited.
5. If there are only one or two other children in the home, there may be times when your child will be the only one in attendance.
6. Most providers will not take children before a certain time, so if you have early morning meetings or an early morning work schedule, you might need to find alternate transportation to the setting.
7. Provider may not have the funds to provide the same type of equipment, activities, and learning experiences as a center-based program.
8. If your childcare provider is ill, you will need to find a backup placement or take a day or more off of work.
9. Without a contract, home-based providers can stop watching children at any time they wish.
Use the following link to type in your zip code and find an NAFCC accredited provider in your area. http://www.nafcc2.org/accred/search.html
Licensing requirements for your state: http://www.daycare.com/states.html
Check out my previous blog about finding quality daycare for resources that you can use when visiting various facilities.