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Daycare question

Which do you prefer or would prefer if you put your kids in daycare... a home daycare or a larger facility? What are some questions you'd ask a daycare, what are some red flags to be aware of?
I don't live near family BTW.


Asked by marine_wife0520 at 8:21 AM on Sep. 23, 2010 in General Parenting

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Answers (8)
  • I always preferred to use a home provider. I did not like a big center. USUALLY you get better care. There are some though that do not, just make sure you check them out very well.

    Answer by butterflymeme at 8:33 AM on Sep. 23, 2010

  • Both my kids did daycare and I went with a facility. Not only are the teachers qualified in terms of education (most had bachelor degrees in early childhood education, all had first aid and CPR certifications), the facility does background checks for everyone in the facility (even cleaning staff). The facility didn't close - meaning I wasn't left without care because one or two teachers had the flu or a doctor's appointment. My boys got used to different adults, as well as getting socialization with other children, which led to them being better able to handle the transition to grade school. There were also no questions regarding how the facility may or may not favor "their own" kids, since the center didn't have any. Finally, I wasn't ever worried about my boys' safety - no adult was ever left alone with them, as two teachers were in the room at all times and an administrator was always on site.

    Answer by Dr.Donna at 8:35 AM on Sep. 23, 2010

  • I personally prefer a larger center, but I know other moms that prefer home providers. I like not having to plan my vacations around someone else's vacations. Whoever you go with, make sure they are licensed. Go to to get more information and find your local referral agency.  If possible, I would look at their previous inspection reports; Texas has these online, so it's very easy for me.  If they had violations, I look to see what they were.  If they are minor (one child's records were out of date), I'm ok with it.  If they are major (lack of background checks), I won't even consider the facility.


    Answer by andrea96 at 8:59 AM on Sep. 23, 2010

  • As to what questions to ask, check out this site:

    Answer by Dr.Donna at 8:37 AM on Sep. 23, 2010

  • I personally preferred a home facility when I was working because it was closer to them just being home and I liked that the teachers/classrooms didn't change all the time. But everyone has different priorities and there are valid reasons to choose both. There's a great, extensive list of questions for a daycare interview here:

    Answer by MamaDee2003 at 9:17 AM on Sep. 23, 2010

  • I took my children to a home daycare until they were two years old because they received more individual care... then at two they went to a center... At a center you do not have to worry so much about the provider getting sick or there vacation needs. But be aware for the first year until you child builds a immunity they will probably be sick a lot.

    Answer by kamore at 9:24 AM on Sep. 23, 2010

  • Having had a Child Care Center out of my home I am a bit bias. I mean, being able to have individual attention can do a lot for self esteem. On the other hand, You want to make sure you have back up if that Caregiver has an emergency or falls ill because a child came to the home with the flu. A facility will prepare them for school. My concern is being thrown into a school type setting so soon may be a bit much emotionally. I also had a building facility, working with the company's employee's. It had positive sides = a parent could come visit on their lunch/break. Down side: Parent feels guilty / jealous because Caregiver has most ot the day with the parent's child. Make sure the Provider/Caregiver has an FBI fingerprint card and Health Card/ Current licence for Care Center. Visit on a day you don't bring your child to see what goes on. If your child's personality changes not to your liking, its a red flag.Trutst your gut!

    Answer by Prayerpartner at 9:33 AM on Sep. 23, 2010

  • We have always used a home daycare. We have been with the same one for 10 years! My kids are spaced out (15, 7, 5). I would ask for references and talk to other parents. I know I would rave on and on about mine. My children truly love her.

    Answer by mompam at 10:50 AM on Sep. 23, 2010