I won't be working there!! It is a prac for uni. Not sure if its the hormones but I've ended up in tears telling DP about it most days. Anyway, sorry to derail- just pointing out that most care providers are strangers at the end of the day. I will look into reporting, but from what many other students on prac are saying this is a fairly normal thing
OMG this makes me glad i took DS out of a day care centre. He's in family day care with a wonderful woman we really like and trust instead. But sure there are some wonderful people at other day care centres too!
Back to topic, I would consider doing this with friends via play group for example. Think its been called a babysitting co-op too. But there would need to be some clearly defined ground rules.
Not with little children, no way. There are just too many variables and too many risks.
Apart from different parenting approaches etc there is also the safety aspect. Not all houses are 'child friendly'. A low set house with no pets, good gating (inside and outside), attached furnishings to walls (eg book cases) and no implements left lying around that could be dangerous if in little hands doesn't compare to a 2 or 3 story house with no internal gates, glass coffee tables, no fence between the house and road, lots of toddler hazards etc. I'm fortunate that we can afford quality child care (just!!). The fees are not just for the staff wages but to ensure quality standards are met such as first aid certificates, child friendly/safe environments, stimulating/fun activities arranged by qualified people.
What would happen if the child injured themselves at the house? The potential legal ramifications would be frightening.
Thanks so much for your feedback! It’s given me lots to think on for the review. So, according to my quick tally, 14 of you would do it but only with friends or family, 12 wouldn’t, and 8 would, provided there is some form of screening/training.
It’s interesting, I think I agree with Tainted, that all child care workers are equally strangers to begin with. Personally, the important thing is my ability to vet those I don’t think are suitable, regardless of the arrangement i.e. whether it’s a parent swap, day care, family day care etc.
Accordingly, would it make a difference if you could vet suitability based on important factors for you, such as a preferred parenting style i.e. if you got to fill out a detailed list of preferences and was only matched with other similar people?
Also, to vet safety, what if parents obtained a working with children check and undertook some form of safety/child minding training?
PS. Sorry, I posted this on both forums again – not sure which one it should be in??
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