Child careis a top concern for many parents, and making decisions about child care options can be difficult. To find high quality child care that will enrich your child’s development and learning, it is important to explore different options to determine the right fit for your family. Considering your specific needs, visiting and speaking with child care providers, and speaking with other parents can help you make the right choice.
Plan ahead: Advance work can make this often-stressful transition a little easier. Visit caregivers with your baby, to help both of you feel a little more comfortable with separating. Schedule time to talk to caregivers about your child, and get to know them. Prepare for returning to work by transitioning slowly the week before you are due back at work. Leave your baby at childcare for an hour the first day, gradually lengthening the time you are away, which lets your baby know you always come back. Give yourself plenty of extra time in the morning to get ready, which can decrease stress.