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                    Home Daycares vs. Centre based Childcare

Finding the perfect childcare for your child isn't a decision that can be made overnight. There are so many factors that go into choosing who will take care of your child and where your child will stay while you are at work. Many parents have several options to choose from, such as depending on grandparents and other family members, swapping out shifts, and on-site daycare at their jobs. For the majority of working parents, however, the decision boils down to home daycare vs. daycare centre. There are positives and negatives for both situations.

Home Daycares

Advantages of a home daycare can include the following:

  • One-on-one care-This is especially important for that first year of your baby's life. A home daycare is typically run by one, and they can offer individualized care and nurturing.
  • Established care-Unless some unforeseen circumstances arise, you can typically depend upon your daycare provider to be there.
  • Personal relationship-Even if you don't know your home daycare provider personally, you will soon. She will be more likely to give you a play-by-play version of your child's day.
  • Limited number of kids-Home daycares typically only have a small number of children to care for, limiting your child's exposure to illnesses and providing more attention to each child
  • $$$- affordable

Centre Based Care

Some of the disadvantages may include:

  • Limited individualized care-Your child may not experience as much individualized care as you'd like.
  • Increased likelihood of illness-Germs are easily spread at childcare centres, so you may find yourself having to take off work more to take care of your sick child.
  • High employee turnover-In some cases, the turnover rate for employment is high, and this can be hard on a child who gets attached to one teacher only to lose her in the middle of the year.
  • $$$- Centre based daycare is much more expensive with sometimes long waiting lists.


As you can see, there are lots of factors to consider before you place your child in a daycare situation. Above all, have patience. The first few weeks will be an adjustment period for everyone involved no matter what your decision will be.