Take Real Good Care; It's Important to Think about What's Best for Your Child When It's Time for You to Return to Work

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Take Real Good Care; It's Important to Think about What's Best for Your Child When It's Time for You to Return to Work


RETURNING to work after having a baby can be very stressful. So it is vital to get your childcare right.

The last thing you want is to be sitting at work worrying about your child. Take the time to find out about as many different childcare options as possible.

Speak to friends and family about what childcare they have in place, ask for recommendations and do your own research.

Interview anyone you are considering employing to look after your child, check their references and ensure they have the registrations required.

Finding the childcare that suits both you and your family should not only give you peace of mind but be a stimulating and fun experience for your child.

And being away from your baby should make the time you are together even more rewarding.

CHILDMINDERS

Most childminders care for children in their own homes and are likely to arrange a host of activities for your child when in the house and will also take them out and about to parks and toddlers' groups.

They may also be happy to drop o and collect your older children from school.

Childminders are particularly popular with parents who are looking for very flexible care provision.

They are self-employed and take care of their own tax and national insurance payments.

They are not employed by parents but negotiate a contract for their service for which they charge a fee.

Cost - on average pounds 4 to pounds 8 per hour.

DAY NURSERIES

Day nurseries provide care for children right through from babies to school age.

The children are likely to be cared for in separate rooms depending on their age.

They must be registered and inspected and usually offer flexible part-time as well as full-time care.

Staff are likely to be trained nursery nurses, with many also employing qualified nursery teachers.

Each day sees children take part in a range of organised activities. A number of day nurseries provide nutritional cooked meals for youngsters in their care, while others ask parents to provide all the meals and snacks their child will need during the course of the day.

Many nurseries also offer additional services such as French lessons or yoga.

Cost - on average pounds 25 to 50 a day.

PLAYGROUPS

A playgroup is an organised group, often set up by parents or voluntary groups, that asks parents to help out on a rota basis.

Usually children only attend for a few hours a day. is can be an inexpensive way of providing childcare if you only work a small number of hours a day, and are willing to take your turn helping out when not at work. Cost - minimal.

NANNIES

These are usually qualified childcare professionals who look after your child in your own home.

They generally cover all aspects of your child's care from preparing their meals to washing their clothes.

They can either "live in" or have their own house and simply arrive at your home when needed. …

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