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Day Care versus Home Care; What’s Better?

Question:

Is it better for grade school children to stay in an aftercare program from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. or go to a stable home with adult supervision?

Answer:

Lots of parents struggle with making the decision of day care versus home care, and really it comes down to personal advantages and disadvantages for your family's needs. From what we know of day care programs, most of them are very structured. There might be outside time, craft activities and activities which gear children to interact with other kids. These interactions teach kids how to share and how to get along with others. Home care settings might be more personable but might lack structure.

Decide which is more important to you and factor in cost, location and types of activities offered. Talk with your pediatrician if you have further concerns.

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