Whether you choose a formal child-care center, family day care, or in-home care, there are some basic things you should know and insist upon. To help you make this all-important decision, we’ve talked to mothers and other experts who have been in the child-care trenches. Here are eight ways to size up a child-care option:
Starting child care or school is a major life transition for young children. Change, even when it is a postive change can be stressful. In many cases this may be the first time a child is away from the secure and loving arms of their family. Both the child and parents may experience anxiety about the new experience. There are specific measures that parents can take to ease anxiety and make the first days happy ones.
If you are paying someone to take care of your children or another person in your household while you work, you might be eligible for the child and dependent care credit. This credit “gives back” a portion of the money you spend on care, and can reduce your tax bill by hundreds or even thousands of dollars.