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Over the next several weeks, the Daily Buzz will talk with moms and teachers about what you and your child can expect in the coming school year.
For the little ones who aren't there yet, I talked to moms about different day care options.
Yesterday, CafeMoms shared the pros and cons of day care centers. Today they dish about home care facilities.
What's a home care facility? People who care for one or several children in their own homes. Each state has different laws for these providers, so look up your state's rules and make sure the provider you're considering abides by them.
A licensed provider can give you an extra measure of security that your child is in good hands, but it's not the end all, be all. There's no guarantee they'll provide the best care for your child. Researching each provider and getting recommendations is key!
Here's what moms say are the pros and cons of placing their children with a home care provider:
My son has never had separation anxiety. He's always clean, fed, and happy at the end of the day. I get full reports on what he ate, how he behaved, and how many times he was changed. -- Fawn80
If he's having a bad day, he doesn't have to stick to the same schedule; he can have a lazy day and watch cartoons or lay in bed. She is very open and parents are welcome to come and go as they please. -- Chandra034
At the neighbor's, I would have to worry about her feeding him grown-up food (super spicy or greasy). Her daughter would be eating out of a large bag of Doritos when I dropped him off in the mornings. -- Vanillan06
They would get stuff like Ramen noodles for lunch every day. -- ChazznRoccosmom
My provider would leave and run errands and leave the kids with unlicensed providers without letting the parents know. -- ChazznRoccosmom
It's a family setting, just like as if he were at home. The sitter has days were she has appointments or is sick and can't take him that day. Then we are stuck trying to find an alternative. -- jmccurdy
Every home care is different -- some are great and others not so great. Do you agree with the above? What were your child's experiences with your provider?
And visit our Back to School Guide all this month for the what-to-expect scoop from real CafeMoms and teachers on each grade level.