More infants and toddlers than ever are spending some portion of their day with adults other than their parents — either a relative, neighbor, babysitter or child care professional. As parents welcome their baby home and plan to return to work, what are the qualities they should be looking for in a child care setting? What is considered a “high-quality” child care setting for infants and toddlers? How do you prepare your baby or toddler for the transition to child care?
There are many questions involved with finding the right child care setting for your child. But there is no question about the bond between you and your baby. Using quality child care and “sharing the care” with others does not take away from the very important, unique, and nurturing bond you have established with your little one.