Home Based Daycare vs. Childcare Facility
In the early years most mothers’ stayed home to care for their children until they were old enough to attend school. Now, we have more families were both parents work full time, and single mothers/fathers that don’t have the option to stay at home. Working parents must have safe, reliable child care in order to obtain and retain a job. Nearly 11 million children under
age 5 are in some type of child care setting for an average of 35 hours each week (U.S. Census Bureau. 2011).. Therefore, working adults have to make an important decision on who will care for the child/children. Parents will generally choose between an in-home daycare or a traditional childcare facility. In considering the types of care, one must also consider the cost, and the quality of care.
In home daycares are more personal and less expensive than daycare facilities. I had my first child when I was 20 years old. At the time I was making a very small amount of money and I couldn’t afford to pay a lot in childcare expenses. After visiting several daycares, I decided on an in-home daycare. It was only $80 per week, verses $175 per week at a commercial facility. Most daycares determine the rate on the age of the child. According to National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies, in 2008, the average annual fee for full-time care for an infant in Massachusetts was $15,895 in a center-based daycare and $10,324 in a family daycare. In more rural areas, like South Carolina, the average annual fee for full-time care for an infant was $5,690 in a center-based daycare and $3,582 in a family daycare. Usually children 6 weeks to 2 years old are more expensive. Home daycares usually just charge a flat rate no matter the age of the child. Daycare facilities charge by the age, with the youngest age costing the most. The price will eventually go down once the child has reached 2 years of age, fully potty trained, and again as the...