Child Care After Divorce
Many if not most divorced people require child care, so the parents can work or attend school during the day. A tight schedule does not enable him or her to provide for the children in an appropriate manner.
Here are some basics to remember when selecting child care for a child:
Common Questions and Answers
Q. What should a parent ask about when making a visit to a child care operation?
A. Things to ask about include fees and payment schedule, the daily routine, the ratio of children to caregivers, experience and training of the caregivers, and a description of daily activities.
Q. What are questions a parent might forget to ask?
A. Parents may forget to ask about child discipline, visiting the child during the day, and other personnel who may be caring for the children.
Q. What should a parent look for when visiting a child care operation?
A. Things to look for include a current state child care license, toys and furniture appears safe and in good condition, electrical outlets have safety caps and unexposed heaters, smoke detectors and monthly fire drills, first aid equipment, cleanliness, storage space for a child’s personal belongings as well as space for rest (naps) as well as recreation and play time.
Q. How can a child become adjusted to care away from his or her parent?
A. A child adjusts to a new care routine when he or she and his or her parent talks about it. A parent should allow for plenty of time to get ready, and spend some time at the child care facility with the children. The parent should always say goodbye to the children and call occasionally to see how things are going. A good rapport with the caregiver is invaluable.
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PARENTING CLASSES -- In some jurisdictions, parenting classes for the parents of minors are now required as a preliminary to divorce. The classes teach parents how to minimize the negative effects of divorce on their children and serve to restate parental responsibilities in the context of divorce. They are not an eleventh-hour attempt at marriage counseling.
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