If you are going back to work after maternity leave, or even work part-time after having children, care facilities need to be sourced. And it isn't just a question of finding someone to take care of your child; you need to be certain that your child is receiving the right care and input. Time spent in a secure environment with children of a similar age will do wonders for your child's social skills development, which is essential prior to entering regular school. So if you are about to go back to work and are looking for suitable childcare, these useful tips on how you and your child can maximise the benefits of good childcare might come in handy…
Take the time to discuss
We are all running on tight schedules, but it's important to allocate some quality time to communicate with the child carer, who will update you on your child's progress. Aside from that, the care provider needs to build up a clear profile on the child and that can only come from regular discussions with the parent/s. This is perhaps the first time your child has been away from you for long periods of time, and it is a good idea to ask about behaviour and whether there are any issues, such as sharing with others and social interaction in general.
Be On The Same Page
Your care provider knows little about your child, but by giving them a detailed account of how things are done at home, the carer will have a clearer picture of your child, and will be able to deal with situations better. If the partnership with your carer is good, then you can both set short-term and long-term objectives for the child, and by working together, the child will receive the right encouragement and support, both at home and at the care centre. Before you know it, your child will be entering mainstream schooling, and with that in mind, there is a useful guide that you can refer to on preparing your child for their first day at school, which can be stressful for both parent and child.
In terms of daily communication, this can be done via email or SMS, which will ensure that anything important is relayed to the care provider. A short summary of the day is something that the care centre would be happy to provide, and while in the past, the child would have a small booklet for both parents and care provider to enter data, this is best done via the Internet. The World Wide Web can help you to source a trusted care centre, and with a simple Google search, you can bring up a list of child care centres in Melbourne, UK, US or wherever in the world you choose.
If your child has an allergy or a particular dislike of a certain food, then the care provider needs to be aware of this. Equally, if your child had a bump or fall, the care provider should inform the parent of this, and if the child felt unwell at any time, you should know about it as well.
From a parent's perspective, regular communication with the child care provider will ensure you are both on the same page, and with the right input – both at home and at your chosen care centre – your child will develop leaps and bounds and be prepared for the start of their formal education.
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