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What are the pros and cons to using crèches?

Using a crèche offers a parent a formal and structured day of care for their children. Many parents prefer to employ the services of a crèche instead of a child minder or au pair. Each choice has its advantages and disadvantages.

The Pros:

Crèches are usually regulated and assured to be a safe place for your child.
A crèche is less expensive than an au pair.
A crèche offers a child the opportunity to interact with other children.
A crèche has age appropriate activities and toys.
When you use a crèche, you don’t have to worry about having a backup plan as a crèche will employ several child minders.
A crèche, like school, will give your child consistency unlike using a variety of independent child minders.

The Cons:

A crèche will have schedules that are fixed and not flexible.
Your child will not be given the kind of attention needed. A crèche will generally have a large child minder to child ratio than an independent minder.
If your child is ill, you will not be able to leave them at the crèche.

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