I’ve shared my experience going online to find a part-time babysitter A.J. loves so I could have time to grow my work at home business. Thank goodness, we haven’t had any major issues with her. She arrives on time, follows the instructions I leave for her and A.J. never cries or looks sad when I leave him in her care.
But the moms who shared their stories with me have younger children who can’t speak up the way he does. All three decided to make a change about child care to better protect their children. In one case, the sheriff’s department got involved and the mom was left looking for a babysitter at the last-minute.
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Child Care Lessons
- Listen to your gut. If something doesn’t feel right or look right, don’t diminish it. Act and ask questions.
- Have a child care backup plan. Whether it’s a friend, stay at home mom or a neighbor who you can call at the last minute. Ask a great sitter if she has friends who also watch children. Your child’s teacher or the nurse at the pediatrician may also be good candidates.
- Do a background check on a sitter. You can pay a private investigator, private service or add it as an option for an online sitter service like Care.com. Sitters, nannies and caretakers from Sittersulove.com have already completed a background check.
- The state inspects and visits registered child care centers. They’re public record that you can read online. In Georgia, the Bright from the Start program is your go-to-source but mother’s day out programs in churches are exempt.
- Comment below: Share your favorite tip to find a reliable babysitter or child care you love.
In-home child care vs. day care center
When you hire a nanny or babysitter to come to your house and care for your little ones, you have more control over the situation. Your child also gets to stay at home in familiar surroundings. Drop-off and pick-up aren’t an issues, especially with city traffic. The disadvantage is there’s only one person looking after your child and there are few opportunities for socializing with other kids. Expect to pay more for the one-on-one care.
At a day care center, there are tons of socializing opportunities. There’s more than one person watching your child, so in case there are any issues of neglect or abuse, there’s more than one set of eyes. Due to the group setting, the cost is lower than hiring a babysitter or nanny.