In-Home Child Care

By: Brisa, Heizel, and Chelsea

What is In-Home Child Care?

In- home child care takes place in the child`s home. It is usually provided by parents, relatives, or nonrelatives. Nonrelatives include housekeepers, au pairs, and nannies. Housekeepers not only take care of the child, but they also tend to the home. Au pairs provide child care for a host family as part of a cultural exchange program. Nannies are professionals who contract with the family to provide child care in the home.

History of In-Home Child Care

The number of young children under the age of five who were cared for a portion of their day by adults other than their parents increased dramatically from the 1980s to the early 2000s. That was because of the number of women who joined the workforce increased. About 6 out of every 10 kids (ages 5 & under) are being cared for by parents, relatives, or nonrelatives in their home.

Advantages and Disadvantages of In-Home Child Care

Advantages: The children receive all the caregiver’s attentionChances of health and safety problems are smallChildren can be cared for when they are illChildren are not taken outdoors in inclement weather or during early or late hoursChildren stay in the home atmosphere Disadvantages:Quality care can possibly be a problem due to the caregiver’s limited education or training Parent must make alternative plans if the caregiver cannot work Parents must pay social security employer taxesEducation activities are rarely offered unless the caregiver is well trained and does not have major housekeeping duties

Local Programs Available for In-Home Child Care

Home and Group Home Daycare in Wamego, KS