7 Biggest Benefits of choosing a Family Child Care Home
What is a Family Chidcare Home and what are the biggest bennefits compared to a Childcare Centers? Well, I'm going to share with you some of what I think to be the most important points:
Family Child Care Home are smaller facilities than Centers with a home-like environment. Here your child will never be considered “one more student”. Here, all children are part of the family. We eat together, we play together, and we learn together.
FCCH have fewer children than Centers, typically 6 to 12 children. This allows us to have secure and trusting relationships and a closer teacher to child bond. It also makes each child have more dedicated attention.
FCCH work with mixed age groups. Children of different ages are in the same environment, allowing sibling interaction and helping everyone to learn more. Younger children learn watching the older children, and the older children learn helping the younger ones, just like in a big family.
There are usually fewer cases of illnesses since the child is exposed to fewer children and we have a strong Sick Policy.
Most FCCH also have a structured schedule and preschool enriched curriculum. Please understand that we need to have a structured plan for the day to keep everyone happy. And we are constantly updating our education and taking courses regarding all the best practices in Child Development.
FCC Providers are usually more flexible trying to accommodate your needs (i.e. a more flexible vacation policy, more likely to allow for a flexible schedule, etc.)
And the last one, but the one I consider the most important, FCC caregivers often become part of the family. We are probably going to expect you invite us to birthday parties, graduation and weddings! =)
In a FCCH you child will have the best of both worlds. They will learn and achieve every new step of their intellectual, emotional, and social development, and yet they’ll feel like they are home!
I hope this helps you to decide what's a good fit for your family.