Post # 17
@calibee79 and sunshine kar: Honest question: why is it bad that the kids would be different ages? In a home setting, when children are raised with their mother and siblings, age gaps like that are common unless there are twins.
I guess I just don’t have as much confidence in my state’s licensure system. Some states are on top of this and others aren’t.
Post # 18
@marjojo: Totally valid. I have two children, three years apart. I love the age difference and its fun at home. I believe it said she can have up to six children. (But she isn’t licensed, so really she can do whatever she wants) and infants are at a 4:1 ratio in a center… For a reason, I personally believe. That means, no matter their age or ration I can only have four kids if I have an infant. But I can’t even have a kid over say 2 1/2 in the infant room for liability issues. I don’t think state just pulls this all out of their asses. Lol. These are rules for a reason.
Post # 19
Another point in favor of daycare is that you’re paying them on the books. Not only does that give you a tax break, but it eliminates any risk (however slight) of your being penalized for paying the in-home woman under the table. I know that 99% of people pay for their nannies etc. under the table, but it’s something I really want to avoid. Just another point to consider.
Post # 20
I don’t have kids but I went to an in home daycare and I absolutely loved it! It was great being with kids of other ages and it was just like a second home. Of course, you need to be sure you feel comfortable with the carer and that they aren’t doing anything wrong, but I feel like kids get much more one on one time and it’s less of a disruption in routine. My ‘daycare mum’ was fantastic and I was so sad when I didn’t need to go anymore haha.
Edit: I also think that you would be able to work out a payment plan with an in home carer, easier than you would at a centre. So while you won’t get the benefits on paper or whatever, it can be easier for you to work things out in a more personal manner.
Post # 21
Why isn’t she licensed?? I have been looking into the requirements to get licensed for home daycare in my state. Yes, it seems like a lot of work to get licensed. I believe it’s absolutely worth it though. They do unannounced inspections at least once a year. They check to make sure that not only are the children being cared for, but that you have lesson plans (and are following them) and that you have a posted schedule (and are following it). It’s also mandatory for in-home daycare providers to attend a safe-sleeping class and child & infant CPR class.
I don’t mean to scare you, but there is no way I could ever leave my babies with someone who is not willing to take those steps. It is just way too scary!
Also, keep in mind that a daycare center DOES get inspected at least once a year and they are VERY strict. I think it’s even public record if they get written up for anything, but I can’t say that for sure. It would be worth checking out though. You also are able to drop into the center at any time, whereas that might not be possible at the home daycare.
**Everything I’ve said is what I know about my state. It may differ in other states**
Post # 22
I would normally say go with the in-home daycare- but in your case this woman is not licensed. That is a no-go for me. Both my girls have been at in-home daycares that ARE licensed and have surprise inspections etc. In your case I would go with the bigger day care.
Post # 23
I went to an in-home daycare and a center at different times when I was a kid. And I’ve had my own daughter in both types of care as well. In my experience, in-home does give more specialized attention and is more relaxed in terms of structured activities and educational programs, but centers are more structured and are more likely to have employees with certifications and degrees in education/childcare. (My personal experience only, it could be different for others.) I would definitely not do the in-home if the owner is not licensed. State regulations are in place for a reason and I would be wary of anyone who doesn’t feel the need to make sure their service meets those standards.
@sunshine_kar: +1 all centers I’ve seen/been with, the babies had tons of attention and play time. I never saw a baby just sitting in a seat or crib for any length of time (besides naps).