In Singapore, a child care provider can be anyone who has dedicated their professional focus towards the rearing and education of young children. A preschool teacher, a babysitter, even a parent can be considered a child care provider.
However, in most cases when speaking in these terms, it is meant to be a licensed professional dedicated to the provision of education and care to a certain age group of children. Most often this age group falls in that of nursery to preschool-aged children and younger. Once a child enters kindergarten, their care providers become teachers and other public and private school professionals, while the main part of their care comes from their parents. When you, as a parent, are looking for a child care provider for your young one, there are some qualifications that you should keep in mind.
Even if you are simply looking for a babysitter for Saturday night dates, the age of your child and other such individual factors should sway the final decision you make. If you are the parent of an infant or a toddler, the age of your babysitter, at least experience-wise, is an important one. It will be a more comfortable situation if you hire someone who has experience with children of that age, maybe even someone who is a mom themselves. In fact, great care providers for children at this age are other relatives, such as grandparents.
Hiring your next door neighbor’s teenage daughter is great if your child is the age of three and up, but unless said teenager has experience with infants and you have personal witnessed his/her interactions with infants, it may not be the best idea to leave them alone with your baby for long periods of time. A new baby can be stressful for anyone and someone who is still pretty much a child themselves, while meaning well, may not know exactly how to handle some situations that may arise.
As for playgroup Singapore professional childcare providers, these teachers, etc. require four years of undergraduate education with an emphasis on child development and care, as well as a license and hands-on training in this field. They are not only licensed in the provision of education and chaperoning of young children, but they will have certification in basic medical procedures too, such as CPR. These professionals are mature and nurturing and if they don’t have kids of their own they at least have experience with children. This means that you can be confident in leaving your child with them.
There are of course individual, out of the home daycare that are run by professionals without schooling in this sort. But, such childcare providers are required to meet certain standards in order to stay in business. When choosing something of this sort, be sure to ask around and get as many references for your choice as possible. In these cases, word of mouth is a beneficial thing to have. Choosing a childcare provider is not as hard as it may seem. Just make sure it is someone that both you and your child are comfortable with.