Growing Infants: Child Care Centers or Independent Caregivers?

Children are the gift of life, especially our own. Their smiles and happiness are much awaited rainbow in the sky. Hence, their well-being is every parents’ utmost concerns. Parents also want to ensure that physical, emotional and intellectual development of their kids are at par with other children.

In a country where most of the parents are working moms and dads, the question about infant child care begins to pop-up very early in parents’ mind. Even when a baby is still nowhere in the clouds, parents start to think about their future ahead of time. All these to ensure they have a good start in life.

Various options for infant child care

With both parents working, some might say they can afford to pay for any best possible options; however, there are many pros and cons in each option. By knowing the nature of every arrangement available, parents can choose the most suitable ones according to their lifestyle and preferences, while at the same time it can avoid many unpleasant misunderstandings and dissatisfaction along the way.

Just to give you a general overview of the competitive industry of child care centers in Singapore, in the second quarter of 2019, there are 1,527 centres registered under Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) alone, an increase of more than 30 new centres from 2018 and more than 100 compared to 2017. More than 600 of these centres offer infant care service. This does not include private centers and independent caregivers yet, such as registered nannies regulated by other bodies and those babysitters who are never registered at all.

However, if we go back to basic, infant child care in Singapore can be divided mainly into two main options. You can either choose to leave your infant at a child care center, or send them to independent caregivers.

Infant child care centers in Singapore

It is good to know, if you are a working mother who send their children to infant child care centers, you can receive certain amount of subsidy provided by the Singaporean government. The amount is based on the household income of the family.

The age of the infant is considered to be between 2 to 18 months old. The pros of sending your infant to child care other than the subsidy, is the infant will be cared by trained caregivers, usually certified. If you widen your options to include private infant child care centers, you may find that some of them will offer professional development programs, based on defined and established curriculum.

Independent caregivers

The other way around, some parents prefer a more homely setting for their infant, where infants can obtain one-to-one care and attention provided by an elderly babysitter or nanny who have ample experience of caring for an infant.

But it must be mentioned clearly that this type of caregiving is not being subsidised by the government. Of course, in term of child care fees it is competitive enough especially because parents can negotiate with the caregiver for leverage, but minus the professionalism, it is a completely different setting. Nevertheless, the family environment is a bonus and in cases of emergencies, independent caregivers can be quite reliable too.

Finally, it is upon the parents to decide what suit their infant and their current living arrangement. The most important thing is, parents will always do what is in the best interests of their children.