With more and more adults working today, the need for childcare has increased. More households have two working parents and they require child care services. Child care arrangements might include at home babysitting services, in home day care services, agency day care or after school programs, depending on the child?s age. A parent will often use a childcare program for many years, once they find one they are comfortable and content with. A successful childcare program must provide this level of comfort and care for its customers children in order to keep children enrolled and more parents choosing them for the care of their children.
Fewer than one in three children have a full time, stay at home parent. The times are changing, and child daycare management needs to follow with these trends. Three quarters of full time employed mothers (75.2%) utilize some form of family care at least part time, compared to 68.3% of part time employed mothers. Parents often alternate their work schedules to tag team responsibilities. It seems that most parents would prefer to leave their children, first with one of the parents, when possible. The second choice is usually that of a trusted family member, either in the comfort of their own home or in the family member?s home. However, sometimes these options are not available and a trusted day care center must be found.
Mothers are generally the deciding factor when it comes to the care of their children. Although the fathers do have some say in the care of their children, the mother?s opinion often weighs much more. There are a few things that a child care company needs to do to ensure that both parents, especially the mother are comfortable with the center.
The top concern of parents seems to be the assurance that their children are being properly cared for. Parents want to know that their children are being treated the same way that they would treat them. They want them to be fed, clothed and entertained, just like they are at home. If the child care is an after school program, they want to be sure that their children are encouraged to work on their homework and to complete their studies. A management system should be used to ensure that all children and their responsibilities and requirements are taken care of.
Parents also want to know that their children are safe when they are left in the care of someone else, especially a child care center. Safety is often the top concern of parents when they are required to leave their children with a stranger. A management system can help a childcare center to guarantee safety for each child in their care. Child management systems are a great way to keep track of each of the children in the center. Childcare management software allows staff to keep track of each child in the center, from the moment they are dropped off until the moment that they are picked up. This reduces the possibility of any child being lost or forgotten about.
A 2010 study found that 40% of the children in daycare were given high quality care and 90% spent at least some time in the care of someone other than a parent before age 4. Although day care centers are generally safe and secure, accidents can happen. Parents want to be sure that there is a management system in place to prevent these accidents from occurring. A child care management system will ease the worries and the possibility of any accidents occurring.
Times have changed when it comes to childcare. In the past, most children had a parent that was home with them at all times. Today, more households include two working parents and the need for child care is greater. Parents want to be sure that their choice of day care center is safe, secure and that it caters to the individual needs of the family and of the child. A parent who is satisfied and feels safe with a specific childcare center is more likely to leave their child in the center for more years and to utilize the center?s services with any additional children.