You want to or have to work again, but your child is still too young for kindergarten. What kind of child care is right for you and your child? What are the advantages and disadvantages? What are the costs for childcare for you? Read the answer.
For many mothers, the hourly or even full day separation from their baby or toddler is initially quite difficult. It’s reassuring to know your child is in good hands. For children from the age of three, there are often enough kindergarten places for half or full day care. It becomes much more difficult if your child is still too young for kindergarten or cannot be admitted due to a lack of capacity. Those who cannot fall back on the “care model grandma”, usually decides for a childminder or nursery school. The pros and cons of different models of child care can be found in the table. If you need childcare only occasionally or by the hour, is also a babysitter.
Child care: When will children cope with a third-party care?
From the age of 18 months on, toddlers usually benefit from care in a nursery. But even younger children are in good hands there if the quality of child care is right, so the child has fixed caregivers who reliably respond to it. Babies or very timid infants often need a calmer, more person-centered environment, so they’re better off with a childminder.
That’s how you recognize a good day nursery
Usually, two governesses look after a group of eight to ten children aged four months to three years. In some public kindergartens there are also so-called “small mixed age groups”, which usually have a maximum of 15 children from four months to six
Take years. That should provide a toddler group:
a) Low group size. An educator should care for no more than six infants, and for infants in the group no more than four children.
b) Continuity of care. The caregivers may not change constantly because your child needs a reliable caregiver.
c) Flexible acclimatization time. In the beginning, you should be able to stay with your child (in the group room or in the background) for as long as possible, until it has confidence in the kindergarten teachers.
My tip for a good childcare:
If it is clear from the beginning that you will only take a short break after the birth of your child, you should apply for one of the rare nursery places during pregnancy. Lists of appropriate facilities are usually at the youth welfare office. Ask also churches and charities.
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Child care: How to find the right child minder
First contact the Youth Welfare Office or the child minders association. There you get trained and controlled childminders. Ask also at church and other associations or special agencies. It is ideal if you are recommended by other parents or kindergarten a reliable childminder.
Clarify in advance:
a) Does the childminder have an education? Does she have experience in dealing with children?
Ask the childminder if she gives you contact with families whose children she has looked after. If she agrees to this request, that’s a good sign.
b) Is the childminder sympathetic to you? Is she lovingly treating her day-children? How many more children are cared for? Do you agree on education?
c) Is the journey acceptable? Is the childminder flexible in her care periods, if something changes on your appointments and the childminder has to take care of your child for a longer period or another day?
d) Is the apartment friendly and child friendly? Is there enough space and age-appropriate toys?
e) Can the childminder look after your child for a longer period of time? Answer, if, for example, her own child soon goes to kindergarten, she may no longer want to work as a childminder.
Childminder: First of all care for the rehearsal
A good childminder naturally offers a “probationary period”. During this familiarization phase (about six weeks), you and your child can find out if they understand the childminder and the other children.
It is best to start the familiarization process for two to three months before you return to work. If necessary, there is still enough time to change the childminder.
Stay in the background (in the background) and watch your child behave. Does it trust the childminder? Is this loving and sensitive to your child? Does your child have comfort from the childminder? Would you like to stay there yourself? If you can answer all the questions with yes, you obviously have the ideal childminder.