Tips for Working Parents: Child Care
If you feel good about your child's
caregiver, you’ll be less worried about leaving your child each day. Before choosing
caregiver, ask for references or names of other parents who use the child-care provider.
Find out if the caregiver’s views on raising children match your own. Then, visit
unannounced. See how much attention each child receives.
Sharing experiences with your coworkers can give you emotional support and helpful
solutions. If you’re having trouble finding child care, your employer's EAP (employee
assistance program) may be able to give you some local referrals. For supervised after-school
programs, contact your child’s school. Or contact your local recreation department
or your county child-care agencies. Also check your local government’s website for
If your child stays home alone,
teach them about safety. And make sure your child knows what to do in an emergency.
will help both of you feel more confident. Take these steps:
Keep phone numbers and rules
by the phone.
Have your child give you (or
another adult) a daily check-in call at a set time.
Make sure your child knows
not to tell unannounced visitors that they are home alone.
Teach your child not to open
the door to strangers.
Teach your child to call
Find a neighbor who can be
called on for help.