Non Parental Child Care

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SOC 312 Many working parents rely on relatives, friends, or non-parental child care programs to care and provide quality care for their children. Parents must consider what type of childcare to choose that best suits the need of their children. Parents can choose from childcare centers, family childcare home, or in-home care. Regardless of the type of care the family decides, a childcare center, a family childcare home or an in-home care the care given to the child should provide the child with a safe environment that promotes social and emotional development by encouraging the child to solve problems with words, and games. If there are more children they should also be taught to respect each other, share and take turns. Some parents prefer the one-on-one contact an in-home care provides for their children, especially if the child is an infant. Parents with full-time careers may find that their work schedules require them to hire an in-home care provider for their child. Parents can hire a nanny to care for the need of the child; the nanny is someone who works on a live-in or live-out basis performing child care and perhaps minimal household duties related to child care. Nannies hired through agencies usually have minimal training in caring for young children. The benefits of an in-home care are that it provides a home environment that the child is familiar with. It provides one-on-one care that is more nurturing. The parents do not have to transport the child to and from a facility; the child has less exposure to illness. The disadvantage of this type of care is that if the nanny is sick parents need to come up with a backup plan to care for their child. The child has less social stimulation and is difficult for parents to monitor the quality of care they are getting. In-home care tends to also be more expensive. In a family childcare home

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