I've done both center and licensed home child care. The home child care was a much better experience for the baby. They are held more and get more individual attention. Centers have a lot of babies and they sometimes spend a lot of time in the swing. They also have a lot of different people handling them everyday as each teacher, assistant teacher, aide and work study college student fills in. Most kids are there longer than a teacher's shift. They are exposed to illness by more children. Background checks are a must by everyone who is around the children home or center. What kind of training do they and how much each year. Drop in and see how they handle the kids. The center was very cold, sterile and very very structured. The home daycare was licensed, clean, organized and flexible with what the kids wanted to do. Yet she gave each child the individual attention they need. Check it out, go with your gut feeling.
at 10:12 PM on Jun. 2, 2009