Family daycare

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Updated: 8/12/2003 12:11 am
Family daycare allows your child to be cared for in home environment while you're at work or in school. This familiar setting can be comforting, especially to smaller children and infants. Because the provider is able to create routines suited for the children, there's flexibility your child might not experience in a daycare center. Some caregivers introduce children to an appropriate amount of formal academic activities, while others maintain an atmosphere where playing is learning. Both environments are beneficial and can encourage children to explore their world. When investigating whether a specific family daycare is right for your child, question the caregiver closely. Ask how long the provider has been caring for children, including his or her own. Find out if the home has the required permits and licenses for family daycare. These guidelines are available through your state's Family Services or Health and Human Services departments. Remember, some family daycares are comprised of a husband and wife team. For peace of mind, you can secure the caregiver's driver's license number, and have a routine check for criminal records performed through the local police department or through a private investigator.

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