Why Choose Family Child Care?
care offers your child the familiar, comfortable surroundings
of the home environment which they feel most secure in. Outdoor
play is in a natural setting where they can run and observe
nature. Schedules are structured but flexible to meet the
needs of the day. The smaller group size reduces exposure
to illness and infections.
Family child care providers care for mixed age groups which
allow children to remain with the same provider for many years.
Mixed age groups also mean siblings won't be separated. Having
a consistent care giver, with no staff turnover or employee
stress, allows your child to bond quickly with the provider
and realize he can count on her to help with any need. Children
can thrive when cared for by a supportive, attentive adult
who they trust and feel secure with.
The smaller group size of a family child care is less stressful
and helps friendships form between the ages. Research has
shown that children playing in mixed age groupings have enhanced
language and conversation skills and also allows them to participate
in more complex, social play. Older children tend to be more
pro-social and aware of others needs. Children see a glimpse
of other children's lives and share their accomplishments,
encouraging and reassuring them along the way. They are aware
of the first step, first school bus ride, a new baby in a
family, and these are wonderful opportunities for your child's
social and emotional growth and development.
Choosing the right child care for your infant, toddler or
preschooler is an important decision. The Charlton Child Care
Provider's Association offers an array of wonderful providers
each offering a slightly different program ranging in hours,
services offered and benefits provided.
All Massachusetts family child care providers must be licensed
by the state. Standards in health and safety must be met,
as well as required training in child care topics. Federally
funded nutrition programs are offered in most homes which
assure you that your child will be properly fed, aiding in
their healthy development.
By Michelle Leufstedt