You’re pregnant! Congratulations! There’s going to be a lot of changes very soon; the working couple will become parents, and you’ll become a family. It’s a special time, and it will fly by with you busily getting used to, caring for and enjoying the little one that’s on its way.
The moment when you go back to work may seem even further away, but sorting out childcare in good time will mean there’s one less thing to worry about. You’ll be able to get on with enjoying maternity leave and your baby. You can find out all about childcare at KinderRijk on this website. It will help you make a conscious decision.
There are lots of different sorts of childcare possible for when you go back to work. You may have a family member willing to look after your child for a day, or maybe you and your partner are both going to work less. If you combine these options with a nursery, you’ll be sure of a fixed place for your child on set days with a set team of carers.
Checklist: what should you think about when it comes to childcare?
The question is, of course, what exactly do you expect from childcare? If you’d rather keep your child at home or place it in childcare in just a small group, then you should consider a childminder. If you opt for day care or a play group, you’ll need to ask yourself the following questions:
- How many days do I want covered by childcare?
- How flexible do the nursery’s opening times need to be?
- How do the staff treat the children, the parents and each other?
- Will my child go outdoors every day?
- Is there time to talk properly to the carer when I drop off and pick up my child?
- Can I carry on breastfeeding?
- What principles do I think are important in a nursery in terms of education and upbringing?
- Do I want the best price or the best quality?
- What do I expect to be included in the fees (e.g. nappies, a hot meal, etc.)?
- Do I want the nursery to be linked to the after-school care and/or be part of a “children’s campus” (in collaboration with a school)
These are essential questions. If you’re clear about what you think is important regarding childcare, you’ll be better able to choose the right childcare centre. You can read about what KinderRijk thinks about the questions above on this website. We also recommend coming to visit us, so you can see for yourself what the nursery is like and what happens at a childcare centre.