CHILD CARE IN A CENTRE
CHILD CARE IN A LICENSED HOME
Flexible hours suitable for part-time schedules
Activities are designed for large groups of children. Structured routines, little flexibility. Set nap times.
Activities are designed with individual child’s needs in mind. Adaptable schedule to suit each child. Flexible nap and rest times.
NUMBER OF CHILDREN
Limited infant spaces. Higher child to provider ratio. Children are grouped together by ages. Maximum 10 infants per 3 staff members.
Spaces for infants. Mixed age groups allow siblings to remain together. Maximum of 2 infants per home.
Specific location that may not be convenient
Choice of location: close to home, schools and/or work
Highly trained. Changing staff. No parent choice in providers.
Highly trained. Children stay with the same provider for several years. Parents choose a provider with similar child-rearing views.
Nutritious meals which follow the Canadian Food Guide. Set menus.
Nutritious meals which follow the Canadian Food Guide. Parents have input on child’s menu.
Larger numbers of children = increased exposure to illness
Fewer children = limited exposure to illnesses
Can be very costly
HOME CARE VS. CENTRE-BASED CARE