My 2 year old DD has been at an in-home daycare since she was 7 months old. What I like about it, especially when she was much younger, is that she has a bond with the care provider since it is the same woman she is with everyday. I feel my DD is very comfortable there and I know she gets hugs and kisses for her boo-boos and someone listens to her little stories, etc. I know there is only the woman and her family who have access to my child throughout the day and there is no turn over of new employees like there could be in a center, and less exposure to other children's germs, etc. I would list the draw backs as the fact that there are only a few kids there, at this time it is usually my DD and one or two other kids, so she doesn't have as many playmates as she would at a center, and if my provider is sick or has to close for some reason then I have to find a back up on my own whereas a center would be open regardless.
at 5:04 PM on Dec. 15, 2010