Sharing Childcare

December 8, 2009 by  
Filed under Education

If in-home care is appealing but the costs are too high, consider shared care. It may provide you with just the services you are looking for. Many parents prefer to have their children cared for in a home environment. However, for some the cost of private, in-home care is too burdensome. The perfect alternative for these parents may be shared care.

In a shared care setting, several families work together to hire a nanny or other caregiver who usually rotates between the families’ homes. This option allows families to have the personalized services of in-home care, while keeping the cost down. Parents who hire shared-care help often feel they have more control over the kind of care their children receive, and the size and makeup of the group. They also have the ability to design their own program and include the activities which are important to them.

As you start investigating shared care alternatives, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • How many kids do you want in the group?
  • Do you want all of the other children to be your child’s age?
  • Is it more convenient for you to seek out parents near your work or your home?
  • Do you prefer a caregiver who has been formally trained or one who has a good deal of practical experience?
  • Are similar religious and philosophical views important or do you prefer your child to be exposed to a variety of views?
  • Is your family vegetarian, or do you have other preferences for your child’s diet?
  • Is it important to you to have more of a structured program for your child or do you prefer spontaneous activities?
  • Do you prefer that your children are not exposed to certain things like too much TV or toy guns?
  • Does your child have special needs that would require specific care?

You can find other parents who are interested in setting up a shared care arrangement by checking local referral services, putting an ad in the paper, or posting a notice at your local grocery store, church or synagogue.

Tags: Home care, Social work, Family, new born, Shared care, Geriatrics

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