Headed back to work after maternity leave or an absence from the workforce? Looking to find the perfect daycare center, daycare provider, or babysitter for your infant, toddler, or preschooler? Have you had a friend offer to help you out and watch your child/children? Using a friend as a daycare provider or babysitter for your child can be a wonderful choice if the option is available.
If you have a friend willing to watch your child/children in your or their home, you are familiar both with the individual and the surroundings. I was able to select a friend whose parenting style was similar to my own and who I knew would love and care for my child as one of her own while I was at work. In fact, I was doubly blessed because I had two friends that I could have chosen between to do the job! Familiarity with the individual and the surroundings are not only a benefit to you, but also to your child. When mom or dad leave to go to work, it is wonderful to be able to leave your little one with someone that they know and in a place that they are familiar with.
More Individualized Care
By selecting a friend as a childcare provider, parents can select more individualized care for their child. The friend who watched my daughter when I returned to work for a few months had one son, a few months older than my daughter. I knew that the two children could play together, and that the group size was something that I was comfortable with. My friend tweaked her routine to include my daughter, and made adjustments based on her individual needs. This isn’t always possible in larger daycare settings.
Large daycare centers can’t always offer the flexibility that parents need. If a meeting runs late at work, and the daycare center closes at 6 pm, parents may find themselves scrambling around to find someone to pick up their child from childcare. However, a friend may be more willing and more able to help you out when these instances occur. Of course, don’t take advantage! However, selecting a friend as a childcare provider also offers them some flexibility, too. If they are headed out of town for the week, and provide you with notice in advance, they can still go. Together you can work out specifics of pay and time off. This flexibility benefits both parties.
Selecting a friend to be your child’s daycare provider can definitely be an excellent choice for parents returning to work, as well as for friends looking to supplement their income. Be sure to research laws and regulations in your state concerning licensing and requirements, if any. As you research your options before returning to work, hiring a friend to be your child’s daycare provider may be the solution for you!
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