Our children are our treasures. And as a parent, we will do our best just to make sure that they are safe and sound when we leave them for work.
Of course, their education is our priority. And if you’re still thinking about what type of childcare should you choose, this information can help you.
But first, what do we mean when we say childcare? In other countries like Australia, childcare is often used to refer to pre-school centers that care primarily for 3 and 4-year-old children. The good thing here is that you have the right to choose what type of childcare suits your child.
Home-based care is the most common childcare in the Philippines. This is when a relative, friends or a babysitter comes into our home to take care of our child’s needs.
If you grew up in the Philippines, you’ll know that home-based care is considered as a tradition. Usually, when both parents are working the child is often left with their grandparents.
But if there are no available relatives, the second option is to hire a “Yaya” or nanny. In Pinoy tradition, most nannies are homestay and are also paid to take care of our children and clean the house.
This type of childcare have lots of advantage since our kids will stay inside our own home and will be taken care of someone we know.
Long day care, occasional care, preschools, and kindergartens fall in the center-based childcare.
Most parents choose this type of childcare to prepare their kids for school. The advantage of this childcare is that it helps our children explore their talents and socialize with other kids.
Preschools or kindergartens are also reliable and offer long term education and care programs for children aged three or four years.
Family daycare is an approved form of childcare that is provided in the educator’s own home.
In short, it’s like a combination of home-based care and center-based daycare. Our child can also play and socialize with other kids here the only difference is that they’ll stay in the educator’s home.
An outside school hours care (OSHC) service provides education and cares for primary school-age children (ages 5 to 12 years) outside school hours and during school holidays.
If you’re too busy from work and need someone to take care of your child before or after school hours, OSHC can be a good option for you.
OSHC service can help children to strengthen relationships, give learning experience, develop their interest while having fun.
When it comes to our child, we want the best of the best. We want them to be healthy physically, mentally and emotionally. Choosing childcare can take some time but that is okay. It’s better to be slow and sure than to be fast and fall.
As a parent, there are times that we wish that we can stay at home with our children and bond with them. But money doesn’t grow on trees so we have to get up and work hard for their future.