Every parent needs help with taking care of the kids once in awhile. Working parents need to leave their kids in daycare or with a care provider during the day. As we move forward in society, the trends in child care are evolving as well. If you are a parent yourself, it is important to keep yourself abreast of these trends so that you become aware of the options that you have, if ever the time comes for you to need these services. Who knows, you might have a daycare facility at your own office and are not aware of it. Have you ever heard of a “parents’ night out”? Yes – it’s a thing now, because child care facilities are more than just “day” care. We have highlighted some of the trends in child care today:
Many families are still struggling with the economic crisis today. As a result, this means longer working hours to make ends meet. To cater to the situation, many care providers and centers have been offering more flexible hours for the same rate. Some even cut back on their fees to help out the struggling families. With the tough times that we have these days, it can be very helpful to have the child care system working on our side with this one.
Caring and Teaching
There is a reason why we aren’t simply calling child care “babysitting” – because there is so much more included in the care being given. Many care centers have moved along with the trend of providing instruction and learning opportunities in their facilities during the hours of watching over your kids. This is a likely result from the constantly high expectations from kids these days. Actually, research supports that children are really capable of learning at a very early age. There are care centers that even offer formal education based on a standardized curriculum, where the staff is trained and geared for teaching classes to pre-schoolers.
Corporate child care might be considered otherwise as high quality child care. These are the services provided in-house by many companies these days. This way, working parents can drop their kids at daycare in the same building or area while they go to work. In fact, many companies and firms use this kind of facility and service to attract high-profile employees to work for them. In the end, both employer and employee are happy with the work setting.
Drop-in child care is a relatively young trend, but there is huge reason to believe that we will be seeing more of it in the years to come. Many parents and communities support drop-in child care, because of the safe and affordable options available. These facilities provide kids with fun things to do during their stay – games, theme parties, and mealtime. Many offer night care as well, which guarantees parents worry-free days or nights.
The ultimate thing that all parents look for in care providers is the promise of safety. This is the sole reason why so many moms and dads have such a hard time finding the right daycare center for them and their kids. The good news is that safer child care is becoming a huge trend today. Although we can never really promise a 100% safe environment, the systems that are being employed today are better than ever before.
One aspect of child safety that is getting a whole lot of focus and attention is keeping a lookout for child pornography and/or sexual offenders. Every employee that is hired in a child care facility, all across the country, undergoes meticulous interviewing, testing, and background checks before anything else. The workers then go through official training to uphold nothing less than safe child care. Even after all this, continuous surveillance and monitoring of all child caregivers and kids can assure parents that they do not need to worry.
The Digital Age
Technology has helped us make our lives and work better, easier, and more convenient over the past years. The connections between parents and care providers are no exception to this. For instance, parents who work in the office or elsewhere during the day can check in on their children through video chatting during their lunch break. Photos of their children doing different activities may also be sent to parents from time to time. This way, no matter how busy they may be, parents can stay in touch with what their young tots are up to.
Vacation Child Care
One of the reasons why working adults refuse to take vacations anytime during the year is worrying about the kids. The good thing is that many vacation spots and tourist destinations have put this need into consideration. Now, there are child care facilities in resorts, hotels, and other fun places that parents might want to check out.
For parents of school-aged children who still need to stay late at work, there are now care centers that cater to kids after school hours. The transportation of the kids is usually taken care of as well. By the time the parents are done with work, they can pick up their kids – so that nobody goes home to an empty home on weekdays.
This trend goes hand in hand with the last one; as it deals with the fact that parents these days often spend lots of time at work. If mom or dad (or both) need to finish up a project or be in a meeting and can’t make it to the kids’ karate or ballet class or soccer game, there are care centers that offer services where the care provider/instructor/guardian will go with the kids to the venue. This might come off as a little too much for some parents. It’s definitely not for everyone, but it has helped a lot of parents when they needed the time to finish something at work.
There are definitely a lot of options for all parents out there. By choosing the right type of child care that’ll suit you and your kids’ needs, there will not be any reason to worry about their safety and wellness when they are not in sight. Keeping yourself up to date with the latest trends - the ones mentioned above and other changes that might happen in the future - also guarantees that your family gets the best care possible