Child Care Centers V. Family Care

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English 99- Kaiser
Due Date: 11/29/11
Ch 14.- Compare and
Contrast – Essay

To send your child to day-care or not to send your child to daycare: that is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to enjoy the comforts of family, or to leave your child with daycare professionals. Leaving a child with a family member or in a day care is a tough decision and has many differences that impact your child. There are many factors to consider before choosing between family care and daycare centers such as your budget, safety, social, and educational concerns. Having a relative take care of your children will greatly benefit their development through the personalized attention they will receive. However, such attention would be absent at a day care center with a wide variety of age groups. Family members have a much stronger attachment to each other, while there is often a lack of direct interaction between children and day-care workers. This strong attachment is especially handy in emergency cases or unexpected changes where family is easy to contact, willing to accommodate, there to comfort your child. Since most daycare centers have one-to-six ratio of workers to children, your child may not get the full attention they deserve or require. This may cause children to be neglected or bored, leading them to resort to misbehavior since they are not receiving and adult’s necessary attention. An additional disadvantage of daycare centers is that they are closed on holidays. This may cause inconvenient changes in your schedule. While family care comes with its own issues, day care is in no way problem free. For in many families, a big concern in making the decision between using a day-care provider or staying at home is the expense. For the most part, family members tend to pay little or no money for services. The main benefit of using a family member to take care of your child is that relatives take care of the children...
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