Kinds of substitute child care
child care is provided by the following:
Creche/day care centres
now study about the effectiveness of each of these parent substitute care
Care is very common among families in low income group. Infants and children
are left under the care of a slightly older child. You might find a 6 years old
child looking after two to three smaller siblings. How effective or safe can
this child care be? Not very effective, because a six years old is not equipped
with skills required for the usual child rearing. Slightly older children are
not mature enough to care for the young ones. Hence it might be a better idea
to find an alternative yet safe substitute child care centre.
and Neighbours can and do play important role in the upbringing of small
children in the home itself. Presence of elders in a family with small children
is a big boon. Grand parents in a family provide very loving and safe child
can be a family away from your own family. In the absence of suitable mother
substitute, neighbours can provide the much needed substitute child care. This
sort of child care is generally of a short duration. In case the neighbour has
time and is willing to provide support on a regular basis it would be advisable
to speak frankly with the neighbour. After discussion you should arrive at an
understanding where by you can provide suitable compensation for the
Hired Help is a common feature in affluent urban families. One should
carefully interview the hired help (Ayah/maid servant) as regards their
reliability and experience of being able to provide for all the basic needs of
the young one. Have you heard about the importance of police verification
before hiring the services of the 'Ayah/maid servant'? Parents should keep a
strict vigil on the hired help for the safety of their child.
Creche : Do you know what a creche is? ' It a safe place where small children can be left and looked
after while the parent is working.'
Creche is a day care centre. Parents take their children home after the
working hours are over. Have you ever visited a creche?
Creches take care of children upto 3 years of age. Here the children are
left under the expert care of qualified and responsible staff/adults. Hence the
mothers can carry on with their jobs without anxiety as regards their child.