What is Family Child Care?
Family Child Care is a home-based service where child care is provided in the caregiver’s home. Family Child Care homes provide high quality programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, school age, and children with special needs.
Significant research has provided evidence that warm, loving and home-like settings are natural environments for children during early childhood. While offering the safety and comfort of home, and providing a consistent caregiver throughout the years, family child care is the preferred arrangement for many parents.
How does Family Child Care support families?
- It is convenient neighborhood care close to home or work.
- Family child care may more closely match the child’s home environment because it is unique to each community.
- Relationships form the foundation of family child care. It fosters emotionally secure interpersonal relationships for everyone involved.
- Family child care providers communicate each day with parents on a personal level. They share information about the development of each child.
- Family child care providers care for multi-aged groups of children allowing children to remain with one caregiver for many years. This helps children develop a sense of trust and security.
- Multi-aged settings allow children to learn from one another and allow siblings to stay together.
- Because of the low adult to child ratio and small group size in family child care, caring relationships, bonding, and attachment are cultivated. These are essential in brain development.
- Families often prefer family child care for their infants and toddlers. The benefits of the small group size and multi-aged settings are advantageous for very young children.
- Some family child care providers may offer parents more flexibility with hours of operation such as evening, weekend, overnight, and before and after school care.
- Family Child Care providers provide high quality programs for all children; infants through school age, and inclusive of children with special needs.