CHILD CARE IN A CENTRE

CHILD CARE IN A LICENSED HOME

HOURS

Set hours

Flexible hours suitable for part-time schedules

DAILY ROUTINE

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.

LOCATION

Specific location that may not be convenient

Choice of location: close to home, schools and/or work

SETTING

Centre setting

“Home-away-from-home” atmosphere

STAFF

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.

MEALS

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.

HEALTH

Larger numbers of children = increased exposure to illness

Fewer children = limited exposure to illnesses

EXPENSE

Can be very costly

Lower costs

HOME CARE VS. CENTRE-BASED CARE